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Title

Dr.

Name

Collins Stephen Kwaku Ahorlu

Academic Qualifications

BA, MA, Grad. Dip., MPhil and PhD

Professional Qualification

 

Email address

cahorlu@noguchi.ug.edu.gh

Telephone (office)

+233302501178/9

Fax number

+233302502182

School

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR)

Department

Epidemiology

Short Bios /CV

Dr. Ahorlu holds BA (hons) and MA degrees in Sociology (University of Ghana, Legon), Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods (Centre for Health Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), MPhil in Global Leadership (University of Professional Studies) and PhD in Epidemiology (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Epidemiology Department, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical research. He has taught and continues to teach courses such as Theories and Principles of Health Promotion, Research methods, Medical Sociology, Implementation Research, Social Science in Public Health, Plural Medical Systems in Developing Countries and cultural epidemiology. He serves on a number of committees and Boards of the University of Ghana, College of Health Sciences and the Noguchi memorial Institute for Medical Research. He served as a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) member for the Foundation for National Institute of Health (FNIH), USA (KIDS THRIVE Initiative). He has served as consultant for the Fhi360, National Accreditation Board, WHO, Ghana AIDS Commission and Narcotic Control Board among others. He has facilitated many workshops and seminars both locally and internationally. He has over 30 scientific publications.

Administrative Role

Head of Epidemiology Department

Research Interest

1.      Social and Epidemiological determinants of health

2.      Infectious disease epidemiology

3.      Rational drug use

4.      Health systems

5.      Sociocultural and economic research

6.      Health promotion

7.      Adolescent reproductive health.

Research Projects completed within the past 5 years

1.      Community intervention to reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality in the Shime sub-District of the Keta District in Ghana, funded by UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO/TDR, 2007-2010. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

2.       Adolescent sexual and reproductive health resilience in Ghana, funded by Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research, North-South (NCCR, North South), 1999-2013.

Role: Principal investigator.

3.       Pilot implementation of “Youth for Youth Magazine” in two Senior High schools in Accra, funded by the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research, North-South (NCCR, North South), 2011 – 2012.

Role:Principal investigator, initiator and managing editor.

4.       STOP Buruli Consortium project, funded by the United Bank of Switzerland, Optimus Foundation, 2008-2011 and 2012-2015.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

5.       Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia and anaemia in children under five years of age at baseline and following annual vs. biannual indoor residual spraying (IRS) in Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo district, northern Ghana, funded by President’s Malaria Initiative / CDC, Atlanta, U.S.A, 2010=2014

      Role: Co-Investigator

On-going research projects

1.       Monitoring the efficacy of antimalarial drugs for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Ghana,funded by Global Fund

Role: Co-Investigator

2.      Health vulnerability and adaptation assessment to climate change in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, funded by WHO/GIZ

Role: Principal Investigator

3.      Buruli ulcer control in Ghana: establishing active community-based surveillance-response system for early case detection and management, funded by WHO, 2016-2017

Role: Principal investigator

4.        

 

List of publications

Journal Articles:

1.      Eric Koka, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Daniel Okyere, Philip Baba Adongo, Collins K. Ahorlu (2016) Cultural Understanding of Wounds, Buruli Ulcers and Their Management at the Obom Sub-district of the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004825

 

2.      Elorm Kudzawu, Francis Agbokey, Collins S. K. Ahorlu (2016).  A Cross Sectional Study of the Knowledge and Practice of Self-Breast Examination among Market Women at the Makola Shopping Mall, Accra, Ghana.  Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 5, 111-120 http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/abcr.2016.53013

 

3.      Dziedzom K. de Souza, Eric Yirenkyi, Joseph Otchere, Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, Donne K. Ameme, Samuel Sackey, Collins Ahorlu, Michael D. Wilson (2016). Assessing Lymphatic Filariasis Data Quality in Endemic Communities in Ghana, Using the Neglected Tropical Diseases Data Quality Assessment Tool for Preventive Chemotherapy. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases| DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004590

 

4.      Collins K Ahorlu, Constanze Pfeiffer and Brigit Obrist (2015). Socio-cultural and economic factors influencing adolescents’ resilience against the threat of teenage pregnancy: a cross-sectional survey in Accra, Ghana. Reproductive Health, 12:117 DOI 10.1186/s12978-015-0113-9

 

5.      Godfred Egbi, Irene Ayi, Firibu Kwesi Saalia, Francis Zotor, Theodosia Adom, Eric Harrison, Collins K. Ahorlu and Matilda Steiner-Asiedu (2015). Impact of Cowpea-Based Food Containing Fish Meal Served With Vitamin C–Rich Drink on Iron Stores and Hemoglobin Concentrations in Ghanaian Schoolchildren in a Malaria Endemic Area Food Nutr Bull, 36: 264-275.

 

6.      Aboagye-Antwi  F, Kwansa-Bentum  B, Dadzie  S, Ahorlu  C, Appawu  M, Gyapong  J, Wilson  M, Boakye  D (2015). Transmission indices and microfilariae prevalence in human population prior to mass drug administration with ivermectin and albendazole in the Gomoa District of Ghana. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8:562 (26 October 2015)

7.      Collins Stephen Ahorlu (2014). Crisis Management Preparedness in a Ghanaian Research Institute. International Journal of Management Sciences Vol. 4, No. 11, 2014, 506-513

 

8.      Constanze Pfeiffer, Matthis Kleeb, Alice Mbelwa, Collins Ahorlu (2014). The use of social media among adolescents in Dar es Salaam and Mtwara, Tanzania, Reproductive Health Matters 01/2014 22(43):178–186. Doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(14)43756-X 

 

9.      Seth Kumordzi and Collins S. K. Ahorlu (2013). The role of Community Participation in Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Childhood Malaria in South-eastern Ghana. Ghana Medical Journal,48(2):58-65 · June 2014 DOI: 10.4314/gmj.v48i2.1

 

10.  Dziedzom K. de Souza, Charles A. Brown, Collins K. Ahorlu and Takashi Suzuki (2013). Understanding the requirements and factors necessary for the acceptance of genetically modified mosquitoes as a potential malaria control tool in Ghana: a questionnaire survey. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 2013. Vol. 21 (3): 76-88

 

11.  Collins K. Ahorlu and Frank Bonsu (2013). Factors affecting TB case detection and treatment in the Sissala East District, Ghana. Journal of Tuberculosis Research 2013. 1, (3), 29-36. http://dx.doi.org.10.4236/jtr.2013.13006

 

12.  Eric Koka, Collins K. Ahorlu and Dominic K. Agyeman (2013). Social Death through HIV and AIDS Stigmatization and Discrimination in Ghana: A Case Study of the Central Regional Hospital, Cape Coast, Ghana. Advances in Applied Sociology.3, (6), 231-236;http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/aasoci.2013.36031.

 

13.  Collins K. Ahorlu, Eric Koka, Seth Kumordzi, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu and Edwin Ampadu (2013). Social and Economic Factors Influencing Buruli Ulcer Health Seeking Decision Making in the Ga West and South Municipalities. Advances in Applied Sociology 2013. 3, (4), 187-192.       http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/aasoci.2013.34025.

 

14.  Collins K Ahorlu, Eric Koka, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Isaac Lamptey and Edwin Ampadu (2013). Enhancing Buruli ulcer control in Ghana through social interventions: a case study from the Obom sub-district. BMC Public Health 13:59; doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-59.

 

15.  Ahorlu K Collins, Kwadwo A Koram (2012). Intermittent preventive treatment for children (IPTC) combined with timely home treatment for malaria control.  Malaria Journal 11(Suppl 1): P108.

 

16.  Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Katharina Roltgen, William Opare, Kobina Asan-Ampah, Kwabena Quenin Fosu, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Edwin Ampadu,  Janet Fyfe,  Kwadwo Koram, Collins Ahorlu and Gerd Pluschke (2012). Sero-epidemiology as a tool to screen populations for exposure to Mycobacterium ulcerans. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6(1): e 1460.doi:10.1 371/journal.pntd.0001460.

 

17.  Ahorlu CK, Koram KA, Seake-Kwawu A and Weiss MG (2011). Two-year evaluation of intermittent preventive treatment for children (IPTc) combined with timely home treatment for malaria control in Ghana. Malaria Journal 10:127 ttp://www.malariajournal.com/content/10/1/127.

 

18.  Ahorlu CK, Koram KA, Seakey AK, Weiss MG (2009). Effectiveness of combined intermittent preventive treatment for children and timely home treatment for malaria control.Malaria Journal 8: 292.

 

19.  Jaha I.R, Ahorlu C.K and Koka E (2009). The Impact of teacher migration on the quality of basic education in the Upper West region of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Development Studies 6: 21-53.

 

20.  Ahorlu Collins (2008). The efficacy of amodiaquine plus artesunate combination in Ghana.Ghana Medical Journal 42(2):54.

 

21.  Ahorlu Collins K, Koram Kwadwo A, Weiss Mitchell G (2007).  Children, pregnant women and the culture of malaria in two rural communities of Ghana.  Anthropology & Medicine 14(2):167-181.

 

22.  Ahorlu CK, Koram KA, Ahorlu C, De Savigny D, Weiss MG (2006). Socio-cultural determinants of treatment delay for childhood malaria in southern Ghana.Tropical Medical International Health 11(7):1022-31.

 

23.  Ahorlu CK, Koram KA, Ahorlu C, de Savigny D, Weis MG (2005). Community concepts of malaria-related illness with and without convulsions in southern Ghana.Malaria Journal 4(1):47.

 

24.  Ahorlu Collins K, Dunyo Samuel K, Asamoah Godfred, Simonsen Paul E (2001). Consequences of hydrocele and the benefits of hydrocelectomy: a qualitative study in lymphatic filariasis endemic communities on the coast of Ghana.Acta Tropica, 80:215-221.

 

25.  Dunyo Samuel K, Afari Edwin A, Koram Kwadwo A, Ahorlu Collins K, Abubakar Ismaela, Nkrumah Francis K (2000). Health centre versus home presumptive diagnosis of malaria in southern Ghana: implications for home-based care policy.Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 94:285-288.

 

26.  Ahorlu Collins K, Dunyo Samuel K, Koram Kwadwo A, Nkrumah Francis K, Aagaard-Hansen Jens, Simonsen Paul E (1999). Lymphatic filariasis related perceptions and practices on the coast of Ghana: implications for prevention and control.Acta Tropica 73:251-264.

 

27.  M.E. Aryeetey, C. Ahorlu, Y. Wagatsuma, G. Bentil, F.K. Nkrumah, S. Kojima (1999). Health education and community participation in the control of urinary schistosomiasis in Ghana. East Africa Medical Journal 76:24-29 (S10).

 

28.  Dzodzomenyo M, Dunyo SK, Ahorlu CK, Coker WZ, Appawu MA, Pedersen EM, Simonsen PE (1999). Bancroftian filariasis in an irrigation project community in southern Ghana.Tropical Medicine & International Health 4(1):13-8.

 

29.  Dunyo SK, Nkrumah FK, Ahorlu CK, Simonsen PE (1998). Exfoliative skin manifestations in acute lymphatic filariasis.Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 92(5):539-540.

 

30.  Ahorlu CK, Dunyo SK, Afari EA, Koram KA, Nkrumah FK (1997). Malaria-related beliefs and behaviour in southern Ghana: implications for treatment, prevention and control.Tropical Medicine & International Health 2 (5):488-99.

 

31.  Dunyo SK, Ahorlu CK, Simonsen PE (1997). Scarification as a risk factor for rapid progression of filarial elephantiasis.Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 91(4):446.

 

Published Book

32.  Ahorlu Collins Stephen (2009). Cultural Epidemiology for Malaria Control. Saarbrucken, Germany, VDM Publishers (Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG). ISBN: 978–3–639–13793-4

 

Edited Books

33.  Koram Kwadwo Ansah, Collins Ahorlu Stephen K, Wilson Michael David, Yeboah-Manu Dorothy & Bosompem Kwabena Mante (Eds.) Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 1, University of Ghana Reader Series. Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN:978-9988-647-50-6

 

34.  Koram Kwadwo Ansah, Collins Ahorlu Stephen K, Wilson Michael David, Yeboah-Manu Dorothy & Bosompem Kwabena Mante (Eds.) Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 2, University of Ghana Reader Series. Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN: 978-9988-647-62-9

 

Book Chapters

35.  Ahorlu CK, Koka E and Yeboah-Manu D (2014). Social Interventions for Buruli Ulcer Control in Obom sub-district of Ghana, pp 159-172. In: Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 2, University of Ghana Reader Series. (Eds.) Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Collins Stephen K. Ahorlu, Michael David Wilson, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu and Kwabena Mante Bosompem.  Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN: 978-9988-647-62-9

 

36.  Yeboah-Manu D, Asante-Poku A, Otchere DI, Bonsu FA and Ahorlu CK. (2014) Tuberculosis (TB): Local solutions for a Global Public Health Problem, pp 111-130. In: Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 2, University of Ghana Reader Series. (Eds.) Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Collins Stephen K. Ahorlu, Michael David Wilson, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu and Kwabena Mante Bosompem. Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN: 978-9988-647-62-9 

 

37.  Ahorlu Collins K, Kumordzi Seth, & Koram Kwadwo A (2014) Community perspectives on malaria elimination targeting the parasite in the definitive host. In: Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 1, University of Ghana Reader Series, pp 19-34. (Eds.) Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Collins Stephen K. Ahorlu, Michael David Wilson, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu and Kwabena Mante Bosompem. Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN:978-9988-647-50-6

 

38.  Ahorlu Collins K, Okyere-Boateng, Bosompem Kwabena M, Koram Kwadwo A, Wilson Michael D & Yeboah-Manu Dorothy (2014) Introductory Chapter, pp 1-6. In: Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications. Volume 1, University of Ghana Reader Series. (Eds.) Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Collins Stephen K. Ahorlu, Michael David Wilson, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu and Kwabena Mante Bosompem. Sub-Saharan Publications Accra, Ghana, 2014. ISBN:978-9988-647-50-6 

 

39.  Sika-Bright Solomon &Ahorlu Collins SK (2014). Socio-cultural Factors Influencing Exclusive Breastfeeding in Cape Coast, pp 325-359. In: Population, Society and the Human Condition: Issues in Emancipatory Social Science. (Eds.) Ndukaeze Nwabueze, C.C.P. Nnorom and Funmi Bammeke. Concept Publications Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria, 2014.

 

40.  Ahorlu Collins K (2012). Winning the Fight against Childhood Malaria: the Case for Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Children (IPTc) Combined with Timely Home Treatment: A Case Study from Ghana. In: Malaria: Etiology, Pathogenesis and Treatments. (Eds.) Anna Margrét Peterson and Gerald E. Calamandrei. NY, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 1621003639, 9781621003632

 

41.  Ahorlu Collins Stephen (2007). Steps in Doing Health Research in Ghana, pp 131-139. In: A Gateway to Biomedical Research in Africa. (Ed.) Takafira Mduluza. NY, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 1-60021-444-4

 

42.  Kikwawila Study Group (1995). WHO/TDR workshop on Qualitative Research Methods Report on the Fieldwork. Social and Economic Research Project Reports. No. 14. TDR/SER/PRS/14 (member of the study Group).

 

Other Edited Series:

43.  Ahorlu C, Adu-Gyamfi S, Pfeiffer C, Obrist B (2013). Coping with teenage pregnancy and childbirth in Ghana, Evidence for Policy Series, Regional edition West Africa. No. 4, (Ed.) Bassirou Bonfoh.  Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: NCCR North-South.

 

44.  Pfeiffer C, Obrist B, Henley B, Ahorlu C (2013). Social resilience: a new approach in mitigation research. Evidence for Policy Series, Global Edition, No. 14, (Ed.) Claudia Michel. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.

 

45.  Pfeiffer Constanze, Sambaiga Richard, Mbelwa Alice, Ahorlu Collins, Heim Eva Maria, Kiteme Boniface & Obrist Brigit (2013). “We Have a Lot to Tell You!” Bridging the Gap between Youth and Decision-makers. In: Maximising the Impact of Research: The NCCR North-South Approach. Fourth NCCR North-South Report on Effectiveness, (Eds.) Michel C, Heim EM, Zimmermann AB, Herweg K, Breu T. NCCR North-South Dialogue No 48. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.

 

46.  Pfeiffer C, Sambaiga R, Ahorlu C, Obrist B (2012). Helping Tanzanian teenage girls avoid pregnancy. Evidence for Policy Series, Regional edition East Africa, No. 3, (Ed.) Boniface Kiteme. Nanyuki, Kenya: NCCR North-South.

 

47.  Pfeiffer Constanze, Ahorlu Collins, Lehmann Joel, Sambaiga Richard & Mbelwa Alice (2012). Voices of Youth: Tanzanian teens turn their own lenses on teen pregnancy. Outcome Highlights No 8, (Ed.) Tina Hirschbuehl and Anu Lannen, Bern, Varicolor AG, Bern.

 

48.  Ahorlu Collins SK (2006). To buy or not to buy: communities and bednets in rural Ghana.  id 21 Insights Health, 9: 3,

 

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