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Dr. Daniel Kojo Arhinful

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Holds a PhD in Social Science (Medical Anthropology) from the University of Amsterdam with graduate and undergraduate training from the University of Ghana.   Career has involved key roles as principal and/or co-investigator in research on health problems of national and international importance. Apart from research work in the key area of specialization, also served honorary positions on technical advisory committee on clinical trials of the Food and Drugs Authority in Ghana, previously served on the Technical Working Group on National Consultative Meeting on Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Ghana, Ghana Health Policy document drafting group and also the senior technical advisor of the Medicines Transparency Alliance initiative pilot in Ghana.   

Administrative Role

Immediate Past Head, Dept of Epidemiology (2009-2013)

Research Interests

Social health insurance, access to medicines and health commodities, maternal and child health, health systems, chronic disease burden in African populations.



Evaluation of a perinatal survival training program in Ghana (Newborn Care Project) 2014-2017

The project seeks to conduct an independent evaluation of a perinatal survival training program implemented by PATH and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in 4 regions of Ghana.  The external evaluation is in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).


Artemisinin-based combination therapy: an illustration of the global pharmaceutical drug market in Asia and Africa (GLOBALMED Project).  2013-2018

The project seeks to use ACTs as a lens to study the realities affecting the pharmaceutical market, both in terms of supply and demand in developing countries using Ghana, Benin and Cambodia as case studies.  It is implemented with the Institute of Research Development in France, University Abomey-Calaviin Benin, and funded by the European Research Council to the tune of approximately Euros 171,482.00 in Ghana. 


Enhancing and sustaining health insurance participation in Ghana through improved client-oriented quality of care: 2011-2016

This is a collaborative health care research programme involving the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, The University of Ghana Business School, the Ghana Health Service and the National Health Insurance Authority.  The study aims to design and evaluate interventions to improve service quality for a client centred and sustainable health insurance in Ghana.  Funding is provided by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research WOTRO Science for Global Development.


Accelerating progress towards attainment of MDG4 and 5 in Ghana through basic health systems function strengthening. 2011-2016 

This project seeks to develop and evaluate the impact of integrated and interdependent multi-disciplinary interventions on maternal and neonatal survival in Ghana.  Collaborators in the project are the University of Ghana, the Ghana Health Service, Wageningen University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The seed grant is provided by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research WOTRO Science for Global Development.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

·            Alhassan RK, Nketiah-Amponsah E, Spieker N, Arhinful DK, Rinke de Wit TF.(2016); Perspectives of frontline health workers on Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme before and after community engagement interventions; BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 May 28;16(1):192. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1438-y.


·            Fenny AP, Asante FA, Arhinful DK, Kusi A, Parmar D, Williams G. (2016); Who uses outpatient healthcare services under Ghana's health protection scheme and why?; BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 May 10;16(1):174. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1429-z.


·            Ankrah DN, Koster ES, Mantel-Teeuwisse AK, Arhinful DK, Agyepong IA, Lartey M. (2016); Facilitators and barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence among adolescents in Ghana; Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016 Mar 15;10:329-37. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S96691.


·            Browne JL, Health insurance determines antenatal, delivery and postnatal care utilisation: evidence from the Ghana Demographic and Health Surveillance data; BMJ Open. 2016 Mar 18;6(3):e008175. doi: 10. Kayode GA, Arhinful D, Fidder SA, Grobbee DE, Klipstein-Grobusch K.(2016); Health 1136/bmjopen-2015-008175.


·            Gelli A, Masset E, Folson G, Kusi A, Arhinful DK, Asante F, Ayi I, Bosompem KM, Watkins K, Abdul-Rahman L, Agble R, Ananse-Baden G, Mumuni D, Aurino E, Fernandes M, Drake L. (2016); Evaluation of alternative school feeding models on nutrition, education, agriculture and other social outcomes in Ghana: rationale, randomised design and baseline data; Trials. 2016 Jan 20;17:37. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-1116-0.


·            Alhassan RK, Nketiah-Amponsah E, Akazili J, Spieker N, Arhinful DK, Rinke de Wit TF. (2015); ; Efficiency of private and public primary health facilities accredited by the National Health Insurance Authority in Ghana; Cost EffResourAlloc. 2015 Dec 26;13:23. doi: 10.1186/s12962-015-0050-z


·            Alhassan RK, Nketiah-Amponsah E, Spieker N, Arhinful DK, Ogink A, van Ostenberg P, Rinke de Wit TF. (2015); Effect of Community Engagement Interventions on Patient Safety and Risk Reduction Efforts in Primary Health Facilities: Evidence from Ghana; PLoS One. 2015 Nov 30;10(11):e0142389. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142389.


·            Fenenga CJ, Nketiah-Amponsah E, Ogink A, Arhinful DK, Poortinga W, Hutter I. (2015) Social capital and active membership in the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme - a mixed method study; Int J Equity Health;. 2015 Nov 2;14:118. doi: 10.1186/s12939-015-0239-y.


·            Alhassan RK, Duku SO, Janssens W, Nketiah-Amponsah E, Spieker N, van Ostenberg P, Arhinful DK, Pradhan M, Rinke de Wit TF. (2015); Comparison of Perceived and Technical Healthcare Quality in Primary Health Facilities: Implications for a Sustainable National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana; PLoS One. 2015 Oct 14;10(10):e0140109. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140109


·            Aberese-Ako M, van Dijk H, Gerrits T, Arhinful DK, Agyepong IA. (2014); 'Your health our concern, our health whose concern?': perceptions of injustice in organizational relationships and processes and frontline health worker motivation in Ghana; Health Policy Plan. 2014 Sep;29Suppl 2:ii15-28. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu068.


·            Parmar D, Williams G, Dkhimi F, Ndiaye A, Asante FA, Arhinful DK, Mladovsky P. (2014); Enrolment of older people in social health protection programs in West Africa--does social exclusion play a part?; SocSci Med. 2014 Oct;119:36-44. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.08.011.


·            Agyepong IA, Aryeetey GC, Nonvignon J, Asenso-Boadi F, Dzikunu H, Antwi E, Ankrah D, Adjei-Acquah C, Esena R, Aikins M, Arhinful DK. (2014); Advancing the application of systems thinking in health: provider payment and service supply behaviour and incentives in the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme--a systems approach; Health Res Policy Syst. 2014 Aug 5;12:35. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-12-35.


·            Aryeetey GC, Jehu-Appiah C, Kotoh AM, Spaan E, Arhinful DK, Baltussen R, van der Geest S, Agyepong IA. (2013); Community concepts of poverty: an application to premium exemptions in Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme; Global Health. 2013 Mar 14;9:12. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-9-12.


·            Fenenga CJ, Boahene K, Arhinful D, de Wit TR, Hutter I.(2013); Do prevailing theories sufficiently explain perceptions and health-seeking behavior of Ghanaians?; Int J Health Plann Manage. 2014 Jan-Mar;29(1):26-42. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2159. Epub 2013 Jan 10.


·            de-GraftAikins A, Arhinful DK, Pitchforth E, Ogedegbe G, Allotey P, Agyemang C.(2012); Establishing and sustaining research partnerships in Africa: a case study of the UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease; Global Health. 2012 Aug 16;8:29. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-8-29.


·            de-Graft Aikins A, Unwin N, Agyemang C, Allotey P, Campbell C, Arhinful D.(2010); Tackling Africa's chronic disease burden: from the local to the global; Global Health. 2010 Apr 19;6:5. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-6-5.


·            Hussein J, D'Ambruoso L, Armar-Klemesu M, Achadi E, Arhinful D, Izati Y, Ansong-Tornui J. (2009); Confidential inquiries into maternal deaths: modifications and adaptations in Ghana and Indonesia; Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Jul;106(1):80-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.04.007.


·            Ansong-Tornui J, Armar-Klemesu M, Arhinful D, Penfold S, Hussein J. (2007); Hospital based maternity care in ghana - findings of a confidential enquiry into maternal deaths; Ghana Med J. 2007 Sep;41(3):125-32.


·            Witter S, Arhinful DK, Kusi A, Zakariah-Akoto S. (2007); The experience of Ghana in implementing a user fee exemption policy to provide free delivery care; Reprod Health Matters. 2007 Nov;15(30):61-71.


·            Okiwelu T, Hussein J, Adjei S, Arhinful D, Armar-Klemesu M. (2007); Safe motherhood in Ghana: still on the agenda?; Health Policy. 2007 Dec;84(2-3):359-67.


·            Madi BC, Hussein J, Hounton S, D'Ambruoso L, Achadi E, Arhinful DK; EQ. (2007); Setting priorities for safe motherhood programme evaluation: a participatory process in three developing countries; Health Policy. 2007 Sep;83(1):94-104.


·            Ofori-Adjei D, Arhinful DK. (1996); Effect of training on the clinical management of malaria by medical assistants in Ghana; SocSci Med. 1996 Apr;42(8):1169-76.


Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

·            Akrong, L., Horstman, K. and Arhinful, D.K., 2014 Informed Consent and Clinical Trial Participation: Perspectives from a Ghanaian Community In: Engel, N.,  Hoyweghen, I.v., and Krumeich, A. eds. Making Global Health Care Innovation New York: Palgrave Macmillan pp.17-39.


·            Daniel KojoArhinful, SawudatuZakariahAkoto,Margaret Armar-Klemesu, Barbara Mallet BanyanaMadi Lessons on Provider and Community Perceptions of Why Women Do Not Use Free Delivery Services in Ghana in Koram KA, Ahorlu SK, Wilson MD, Yeboah-Manu D, Bosompem KM: Towards Effective Disease Control in Ghana: Research and Policy Implications, Volume 2: Other Infectious Diseases and Health Systems, University of Ghana Readers 2014 pp290-307


·            Paul G. Ashigbie, Daniel Arhinful&VeronikaWirtz, Medicines in Health Systems: Advancing access, affordability and appropriate use; Case Study of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research Flagship Report 2014,


·            Arhinful DK, 2002 Money transfers from the Netherlands to Ghana in Kessel van I (Ed) Merchants, Missionaries & Migrants, KIT Publishers (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam)


·            Arhinful D K, & Ofori-Adjei D, 1994 The Impact of in- service training on the clinical management of malaria by medical assistants in Ghana in Etkins N.L and M.L. Tan .Medicines: Meanings & Contexts. Health Action Information Network, Phillipines


Peer Reviewed Monographs

·            Kojo Arhinful, D. Kusi, A., Eghan, K., Owunna, C., and Embrey, M. (2009). Assessment of Malaria Pharmaceutical Management & Management Information System in the Public and Private Sectors of Ghana funded by USAID November 2008 to June 200, Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program; Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health:


·            Arhinful DK et al (INRUD Social Science Working group), How to use applied qualitative methods to design drug use interventions to_Use_Applied_Qualitative_Methods.pdf


Peer Reviewed Research Books

·            Arhinful DK, (2003) The Solidarity of Self Interest: Social and Cultural Feasibility of Rural Health Insurance in Ghana; Leiden: African Studies Centre publishers ISBN: 90.5448.055.6


·            Arhinful DK, (2001), “We think of them” How Ghanaian migrants in Amsterdam assist relatives at home, Leiden: African Studies Centre publishers ISBN: 90.5448.044.0

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