Dr. Kofi Issah has worked in the Public Health services Ghana for the past 26 years mostly in the rural areas of Northern and the Middle belts. As a lead facilitator of safe motherhood clinical skills teams from 1996-2008 in the Northern Region, he developed and delivered capacity building for doctors and midwives and the implementation of programmes to reduce maternal and child mortality. The recommendations of maternal and neonatal death audit teams he led have been institutionalized with the adoption of tools and strategies developed to help monitor and evaluate maternal and neonatal mortality trends in Northern Ghana.
The leadership and management building competencies of Kofi Issah has resulted in his leading a team to collaborate with the Pentecost University of Ghana to train district and sub-district level health managers in Leadership and Governance in Health Systems with a focus on maternal and new born care.
Dr. Issah has also gathered experience in the implementation of UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, JICA, USAID, KOICA and DFID sponsored public health and health system strengthening programmes in 4 regions of Ghana. His evaluation and reports have helped to attract funding of US$ 1.5 million and partnerships for three adolescent and maternal health projects in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana.
He has worked as Deputy Director of Public Health (2008-2015) and Regional Director of Health Services (2015-2020) in the Upper west, Brong Ahafo, and Upper East Regions of Ghana. He is currently the Director of the Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service. Dr Issah holds a Professional Certificate in International Health Consultancy and he is currently engaged in coordinating mentorship programmes as well as other leadership building activities for senior managers at Regional and national levels.
Dr Issah has been a reviewer for International Journal for Gynaecology and Obstetrics reviewing 74 clinical articles, review articles, and brief communications since 2011.