West Africa Global Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme
Edward Nyarko became the officer in charge of public health at the Ghana armed forces base hospital in Accra in 2008.
He previously served in UN missions in the subregion in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and DRC as a field medical officer and is aquainted with the challenges of ensuring force health protection measures in the field.
In his current role, he is charged with ensuring the preventive health of troops. His work involves disease surveillance, preventive interventions and assessing the environment into which troops are deployed.
His research interests include acute febrile illness, avian influenza, and antimicrobial resistance surveillance in gonorrhea. This is in collaboration with partners like the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
He serves on national committees for disease outbreak preparedness and response and was instrumental in formulating a national response during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
He oversaw the rotation of peacekeeping troops in affected West African countries without incident.