History, policy and the road to Universal Health Coverage in Ghana, 1945-2019

As Ghana seeks to expand primary health services, how do past experiences shape current perceptions and expectations? David Bannister will survey the history of Ghana's health system in our next Global Health Unpacked seminar.

Pediatric doctors at Donka hospital reviewing mealses cases. Photo: Julien Harneis

History of health services in Ghana

David Bannister is Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO 

In this Global Health Unpacked seminar, David Bannister will discuss some of his past and current research: on the long-run political economy of state health services in Ghana, and on the ways that this longer history may give rise to particular generational expectations regarding the equitable distribution of health resources in the present.

Bannister's presentation will briefly survey the history of Ghana’s health system, and examine the varied generational experiences of Ghanaians engaging with national healthcare – asking how these past experiences might shape current perceptions and expectations, as the country seeks to expand primary health services and achieve some form of Universal Health Coverage.

Read David Bannister's recent blog post After Alma Ata, after Astana: a new year of Global Health and UHC.

Ethnographic research on health policies in Ghana

Lauren Wallace is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University

The presentation will be commented by Lauren Wallace, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University.

Wallace's current research program examines national priority setting for Maternal Health in Ghana, where she is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences. She has conducted long term ethnographic research with communities and health workers in Ghana. 


Light refreshment will be served, please register!

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On the seminar series "Global Health Unpacked"

“Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience.

With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, Centre for Development and the Environment and the UiO Centre for Global Health.

Published Feb. 14, 2019 9:27 AM - Last modified Feb. 18, 2019 11:52 AM