Mapping of health research institutions in Ghana: Landscaping and comparative analysis


DFID commissioned a landscape mapping exercise of health research in Ghana as part of its framework for transitioning its international aid in Ghana. DFID considered that health research and its use in policy development need to be strengthened and sustained over the transition period. This study conducted by the Centre for Health and Social Services focused on a broad understanding of the types or forms of research are being done in Ghana.

The broad objectives were to:

  • Identify any major enablers and barriers to doing health research in Ghana including why and how research is carried out?
  • Identify how research questions are identified and by whom?
  • Identify the individual sectors within health that research is being conducted in such as malaria, health systems, maternal health etc.
  • Identify the different types of research being produced – such as clinical trials, secondary data analysis, operational research etc.
  • Provide a comparison of the Ghana health research sector with similar Middle Income Countries’ health research sectors.

The study method was exploratory using desk review, on-line survey and in-depth interviews to collect data. The data was analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively with findings presented using graphics and narratives to bring out commentaries and vignettes captured during the exercise.

Based on analysis of the findings, 12 recommendations to improve the Ghana health research landscape are made.


Seddoh, A.; Nazzar, A.; Batse, Z.K.; Tetteh, E.; Adjei, S. Mapping of health research institutions in Ghana: Landscaping and comparative analysis. Centre for Health and Social Services (CHeSS), Accra, Ghana (2015) 75 pp.

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