German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention
G-WAC is hosted by the College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. The Centre collaborates with the Technical University Berlin, Charité-University of Medicine Berlin and University of Bonn, Germany.
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The Centre aims to address the existential threat of pandemics to the health and welfare of people through trans- and inter-disciplinary research projects targeting both the main drivers of pandemics (e.g. health impact of wild habitat encroachment, extensive agriculture and climate change, transfer of pathogens from wild animals to humans) and the key pillars of resilient health systems in the WHO framework (e.g. effective governance, sustainable financing mechanisms, appropriate human resource capacity, availability of essential medicines and technology, reliable health information, and responsive health service delivery) using One Health approaches.
Excellent news: Germany will support launch of a new German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention. It will be located in Ghana, and be part of 8 new centers worldwide to fight global challenges.
Former German Ambassador to Ghana
The G-WAC draws on experience and expertise of at least three schools within the College of Health Sciences (i.e. School of Public Health, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Veterinary Medicine), and of two main German partners: the Berlin School of Public Health – (including Technische Universität Berlin [TUB] and Charité Universitätsmedizin – Berlin), and the University Hospital Bonn (UKB).
Prof. Christian Agyare
The Provost of the KNUST – College of Health Sciences
With our combined capacity to address the challenges of pandemic preparedness, expanding our institutional remit to establish a centre of excellence as a dedicated effort to advance state-of-the-art research and practice in Global Health with a focus on pandemic preparedness is both timely and of potentially great impact not only for Ghana but the rest of Africa.
Prof. (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson
The Vice Chancellor of KNUST
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G-WAC draws on international experience and expertise of three main partners and a broad international network.
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