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Da-costa Aboagye

The director of the Ghana Health Service’s health promotion division, Dr. Aboagye is a national figure in Risk Communication and Community Engagement response for COVID-19. He led Ghana’s national risk communication efforts during COVID pandemic and created the National Risk Communication and Misinformation Taskforce for COVID-19.

He is currently the president of the ECOWAS risk communication and community engagement network with a responsibility to facilitate experience sharing, advocacy, learning, and promotion of better health through building stronger risk communication systems in the 15 ECOWAS member states.

Dr. Aboagye is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy of England and Wales, an international consultant, an external examiner for both the University of Salford and the London Metropolitan University and a reviewer for the Global Health Promotion Journal.

In 2021, he was nominated to be a member of the Partnership for Evidence-based Response to COVID-19, a consortium made up of organizations such as the World Economic Forum, African Union, Resolve to Save Lives, the World Health Organization and private sector actors. He was later designated by the consortium to present research evidence on human impact, public health, and social measures in Africa.

In 2022, the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new, five-year $29 million partnership with Dr. Aboagye’s division of the Ghana Health Service to support the widespread adoption of life-saving health behaviors across Ghana. Under the leadership of Dr. Aboagye, the project continues to produce many successes including a launch of a National Health Promotion Strategy for Ghana.

He has received many prestigious awards and citations including the MTN Young Professionals Role Model in Health, Gold Category, in 2020, and the Golden Citizen Award in 2021, conferred on him by the Traditional Authority of Kumawu-Bodomase for his humanitarian work.