Miss Josephine Akua Ackah

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health

United Kingdom

I acquired my bachelor's (B.A.) and master's (MPhil) degrees in Population and Health at the Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. After my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Population and Health for a year. While at it, I doubled as a volunteer for the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD), University of Cape Coast. During the latter part of my MPhil program, I took up a temporary job at the National Population Council Secretariat, Central Region-Ghana, as an assistant to the Regional Coordinators. Currently, I am a recipient of the ESRC UBEL DTP studentship to pursue an MPhil/Ph.D. in Demography and Health. The studentship commenced in October 2020. As part of my Ph.D. program, I participated in the 2020 European Doctoral School of Demography and received training in Demography and Advanced Quantitative Methods.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


• Family/Household dynamics
• Women's empowerment
• Child health
• Maternal Health
Research Area
Child health
Maternal health
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Use of digital media by adolescents for sexual and reproductive health and rights communication in sub-Saharan Africa: a protocol for systematic review.
ACKAH, JA; Esia-Donkoh, K; Amponsah, AP; Agbemavi, W; Bediako, VB; Tettey, GN A;
Systematic reviews
RTS,S/AS01<sub>E</sub> vaccine defaults in Ghana: a qualitative exploration of the perspectives of defaulters and frontline health service providers.
Okyere, J; Bediako, VB; ACKAH, JA; Acheampong, E; Owusu, BA; Agbemavi, W; Nwameme, AU; Kamau, EM; Asampong, E;
Malaria journal
Circumcising daughters in Nigeria: To what extent does education influence mothers' FGM/C continuation attitudes?
ACKAH, JA; Ayerakwah, PA; Boakye, K; Owusu, BA; Bediako, VB; Gyesi, M; Ameyaw, EK; Appiah, F;
PLOS global public health
Farm living and risk of asthma, atopic eczema, respiratory and food allergy: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
Kuya, J; Omoronyia, O; Fokukora, T; Emmanuel, AP; Ewemooje, OS; Soyege, AO; Ngo, V; Anyiam, FE; ACKAH, JA; Ossai-Chidi, L; Manuel, B; Okondu, OE; Nwaru, BI;
BMJ Open
Individual and community-level factors associated with home birth: a mixed effects regression analysis of 2017-2018 Benin demographic and health survey.
Appiah, F; Owusu, BA; ACKAH, JA; Ayerakwah, PA; Bediako, VB; Ameyaw, EK;
BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Use of Digital Media by Adolescents for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Communication in Sub-saharan Africa: a Protocol for Systematic Review
ACKAH, JA; Esia-Donkoh, K; Amponsah, AP; Agbemavi, W; Bediako, VB; Tettey, GN A;
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