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Title: An Assessment of World Health Organisation (Who) and Health Security in Ghana Since 2000.
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Amagyei, N.K
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: Since the advent of Human Security, following the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report, Health is increasingly being considered as having security dimension. This study sought to assess health security in Ghana since 2000, examine the contributions of the WHO to health security in Africa and finally assess WHO’s contributions to health security in Ghana since 2000. The qualitative research approach was used to gather, analyse, and interpret the data. Primary data was gathered through a semi-structured interview with an official at the WHO Country Office in Ghana and a firsthand view of certain selected areas with key environmental issues. This was supported with relevant secondary data. From the research, the country’s health sector faces severe health security threats with demographic and lifestyle changes, environmental issues as well as poverty and inequalities in health delivery. The study further established that Africa remains the region with the highest concentration of WHO’s activities and resources, even though it is also the most vulnerable in terms of health insecurity. Furthermore, the study ascertained that the role of WHO in ensuring health security is significant and does this through both public health and trans-border spread of disease prevention programmes. The study also portrayed inadequate funds, skilled personnel and some cultural practices as the current challenges inhibiting WHO’s effort in ensuring health security in Ghana.
Description: Thesis (M.A) - University of Ghana, 2014
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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