Dr. Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum
Dr. Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum is a Public Health Specialist and Programme Manager, NTDs, Ghana Health Service.
Dr. Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum studied medicine and public health in Ghana and obtained a PhD in Research and Epidemiology of Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is a Public Health Specialist. He worked as a medical doctor and later as a research scientist and programme manager. He is presently the Programme Manager, Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme under the Public Health Division of the Ghana Health Service. He has worked on the neglected tropical diseases for over 12 years and presently coordinates all technical activities of lymphatic filariasis elimination, onchocerciasis control, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes control and coordinates with the trachoma programme manager on trachoma elimination.
He led the development and implementation of the first 2-year strategic plan of action for the Integrated NTD Control Programme in Ghana and subsequent annual work plans and recently the development of the NTD Master Plan (5-Year NTD Strategic Plan) for Ghana. He led the completion of the NTD mapping in Ghana for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes and remapping of onchocerciasis, development of NTD Advocacy and Communication Strategy and an Onchocerciasis Multi-year surveillance plan. He works in partnership with USAID’s End in Africa Project, FHI360, Liverpool CNTD, Sightsavers, GSK, Merck and Co. Mectizan Donation Programme, Volta River Authority, Atlanta NTD support Centre, WHO/APOC and AFRO among others.
He has been involved many operational research activities and has authored a number of publications as a scientist.