West Africa Global Health Leaders Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
Edward Nyarko
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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.

Broadcast experience

Some, but limited.


  • English (fluent)
  • French (above average)
  • Agbenohevi et al (2015) 'Biosecurity measures to reduce influenza infections in military barracks in Ghana'. BMC Research Notes (2015) 8:14 DOI 10.1186/s13104-014-0956-0
  • Kyei et al (2015) 'Imported Lassa fever: a report of 2 cases in Ghana'. BMC Infectious Diseases (2015) 15:217 DOI 10.1186/s12879-015-0956-2
  • Baker et al (2013) 'Novel, Potentially Zoonotic Paramyxoviruses from the African Straw Coloured Fruit Bat Eidolon helvum'. Journal of Virology p. 1348–1358 February 2013 Volume 87 Number 3.
  • Mannerings et al (2016) Exposure to Bat-Associated Bartonella spp. among Humans and Other Animals, Ghana Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 22, No. 5, May 2016.
  • Jones et al. (2016) 'Sentinel surveillance for influenza among severe acute respiratory infection and acute febrile illness inpatients at three hospitals in Ghana'. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 10(5), 367–374.