Public Health Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Focus on Ghana

Event Date: March 5

Presenter: Dr.(Mrs.) Victoria Bam

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

Location: Public Affairs Center (PAC), University of Illinois, Springfield

Reception and Dinner: PAC Dining Room

Program: Brookens Auditorium

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

Africa has the world’s highest rate of death from preventable diseases, despite progress made over the last two decades. What are the causes of the premature deaths and disabilities that rob African nations of their human
resources and affect their productivity and economic growth? Why do many children die before the age of five? Why do some pregnant women not deliver in health facilities? Why does Ghana have so many injuries, and who are the most affected by this and with what consequences? Dr. Bam’s talk will explore the links between public health and development; major reasons for ill health, disabilities, and deaths in Africa; public health issues in Ghana and that country’s health system; as well as strategies and challenges in attaining universal health coverage.

Ghana has had ten years of developing its emergency health care system with the support of United States institutions. Dr. Bam’s talk will highlight the success story of this US Ghana partnership.

Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria Bam is a senior lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, and a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. She holds a BSc. (Hons) degree in Nursing from the University of Ghana, Accra, and a Ph.D. in Community Health.

She is a registered nurse and a foundation fellow of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives. Dr. Bam’s teaching areas include Public Health Nursing, and Leadership and Management in Nursing. She has held the position of Head of the Department of Nursing at KNUST and served as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, KNUST. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications from her research and collaborative work. Her main research interest is in public health interventions in maternal and child health and emergency care.