Divisional Directorate- Research and Development Division
Research and Development Division
Dr Abraham Rexford Oduro
Director, Research and Development Division
The Research and Development Division (RDD), formerly the Health Research Unit under the Planning, Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of GHS is one of the Divisions at GHS Headquarters.
The RDD became functional in January 2009 with the aim to strengthen, harmonize, coordinate and support research for health sector policy and program development and implementation. It is guided by principles and clear vision to help provide empirical findings for policy formulation to improve the health service delivery system in the country.
The mandate of the division is to strengthen, harmonize, coordinate, and support research for the Health Sector Policy Program Development and Implementation. It is to generate information through relevant research to strengthen decision making, setting of health priorities, ensure efficient resource allocation, and inform intervention planning and implementation in order to deliver better health services to improve the health status of the Ghanaian population.
The Division is headed by a Director who is responsible for the overall coordination of the activities of the Division as well as overseeing the functioning of the various Departments and Centres under the Division.
There are three departments and three research centres under the Division. Each Department and Research Centre is headed by a Deputy Director who reports to the Divisional Director.
The departments are:
Research Coordination Department
Dissemination, Documentation and Advocacy department (DDAD)
Ethics and Research Management Department
The three Research Centres are strategically located in the main ecological zones of the Ghana– Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) in the northern belt (Savannah), Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) in the middle belt (Forest) and Dodowa Health Research Centre (DHRC) in the southern belt (Coastal).
Research as a tool for development is equally essential at the Regional and district levels. Therefore, RDD oversees/supports Research teams (a group of staff with the capacity but with other primary responsibilities) at the regional and district levels of service delivery to perform operational researches based on their own local research needs in the region to ensure efficient use of resources. The overarching goal is to ensure that all managers are equipped with the basic skills of operational research