Professor John Gyapong, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development of the University of Ghana, has been appointed a member of the Lancet-UiO Commission on Global Governance for Health.
The Commission is an independent academic research initiative managed in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute.
This was contained in a statement issued in Accra on Monday by Ms Stella A. Amoa, Director of Public Affairs, University of Ghana.
The Commission consists of 16 renowned researchers and policy-makers from across the worlds who contribute with valuable insights from different fields of expertise and experience into the work of the Commission.
Members come from a wide variety of countries, Ghana, India, the US, Norway, Japan, Thailand, Palestine, Canada and Belgium.
Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of University of Oslo is the current Chair of the Commission.
The statement said over the next two years, the Commission’s work will include examining aspects of governance, at both national and global levels, within the health sector and in other sectors that impact health.
It said the Commission aims to go ‘beyond the consensus’ and propose recommendations on how to solve controversial challenges related to effective protection and promotion of public health in selected key policy-making domains.
Prof. Gyapong is a Public Health Physician who studied medicine in Ghana and Public Health and Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London.
His main area of research is infectious disease epidemiology, especially lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases and malaria.
He has been involved in several large scale field epidemiological trials in Ghana. For over 10 years he was Director for Research and Development of the Ghana Health Service where he was also Programme Director of the Ghana-Netherlands Programme for Health Research and Development.
Before assuming responsibility as Pro-Vice Chancellor, he was the Vice-Dean and Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana, and an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington.

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