University for Development Studies Tamale (UDS)

University_for_Development_StudiesEstablished in May 1992 by the Government of Ghana to “blend the academic world with that of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and the country as a whole” (PNDC Law 279, Section 279). “The UDS was borne out of the new thinking in higher education which emphasizes the need for universities to play a more active role in addressing problems of the society, particularly in the rural areas” (Effah, 1998). The University by its mandate and constituency has a pro-poor focus. This is reflected in its methodology of teaching, research and outreach services. The specific emphasis on practically-oriented, research and field-based training is aimed at contributing towards poverty reduction in order to accelerate national development. It began academic work in September 1993 with the admission of forty students into the Faculty of Agriculture (FoA), Nyankpala. The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM), School of Business and Law, Wa, Faculty of Education (FoE), and School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Tamale, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR), Faculty of Agriculture (FoA)and the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences (FACS), Nyankpala, Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), Faculty of Mathematical Sciences(FMS), Navrongo and the Graduate School now in Tamale were phased in from 1994 to date. UDS is unique compared to other public universities in the following ways: Its location and multi campuses are spread out in rural northern Ghana where the incidence and depth of poverty is high; its vision is pro-poor aimed at addressing the conditions and structural causes of poverty. UDS has four campuses, eight Faculties, a Business School, one Medical School, one Graduate School, one Institute and three centres. The UDS also runs a community-technical interface programme. This is a combination of the academic and community-based field practical work known as the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP).



The University for Development Studies in Tamale will be the  Pilot SiteManager  for  the sites in the  Upper West, Brong Ahafo & Northern Regions.  As  such  UDS  will  have  a  key  role  in  WP1  (Assessment  of  user  needs  &  system  requirements),  WP2 (Implementation  research  design),  WP5  (Operation  of  large-scale  pilots)  and  WP6  (Accompanying  research  & evaluation).  UDS  will  also  support  WP4  (Pilot  preparation  (incl.  training))  and  WP8  (Communication, sustainability, replicability & exploitation).



Dr. Mustapha Alhassan is currently in the finishing stage of his doctorate in Public Health (D. PH) from Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, Germany. He has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at  University  for  Development  Studies,  Tamale  Ghana.  As  part  of  his  doctoral  dissertation,  he  worked  on “Communication  skills  training  to  enhance  nursing  and  midwifery  students’  empathy,  communicative competence,  communications  attitude,  and  self-efficacy”.  Prior  to  his  further  studies  in  Germany,  he  had  been teaching nursing, midwifery, and nutrition students’ Theories of Psychology, Behavioural Science, and Human Growth and Development at UDS. Mustapha had been a Project coordinator  for Freedom from Hunger, Ghana and Action Aid International from 1998 to 2001 on how to empower women to learn health education topics on childhood diseases and breastfeeding through credit with education. His areas of interest include health related research activities especially for nurses and midwives. He is also a counsellor and mentor to students and staff of UDS. Mustapha has authored a book and is currently working on a number of articles.

Dr. Nafiu Amidu holds a Ph. D in Chemical Pathology, is a Senior Lecturer and Dean of School of Allied Health  Sciences,  University  for  Development  Studies,  Tamale.  He  is  well  enthused  in  advocating  preventive medicine via non-communicable disease. He has extensive skills to assess the inter-relational effect of metabolic syndrome,  sexual  dysfunction  with  other  health  determinants  of  populations  and  communities,  analyse  and evaluate programmes and policies. He has over 50 peer review articles in reputable journals to his  credit. He was the  recipient  of  a  prestigious  grant  by  the  Gate  Foundation  for  reproductive  health  research  on  ‘The  effects  of Local Aphrodisiac on Male Sexual Function as well as their Hepatotoxic and Nephrotoxic effects’. He has worked extensively  as a  change agent to improve the quality of life through research development and engagement for a healthy  people  and  the  environment  within  the  three  underserved  northern  regions  of  Ghana  in  particular  and Ghana in general. He is fluent in English and has extensive experience in data analysis with major software.  He has  also  been  involved  in  performing  major  laboratory  analysis  giving  concise  and  practical  explanation  of findings.  Currently,  he  teaches  Biomedical  Science  (Medical  Biochemistry  to  Nursing,  Midwifery,  Medical Laboratory  Science  as  well  as  Medical  Students,  Chemical  Pathology  to  the  Medical  Laboratory  Science  and Medical Students, Research methodology to Undergraduate Students and Postgraduate Students).

Dr. Paul Armah Aryee  holds a Ph. D in Public Health Nutrition and is a Senior Lecturer and the Vice Dean of  the  School  of  Allied  Health  Sciences,  University  for  Development,  Tamale.  He  is  currently  a  lecturer  and mentor in the School of Allied Health Sciences and teaches all categories of medical and allied health science students/professionals  at  both  undergraduate  and  postgraduate  levels.  He  has  over  20  years  of  teaching  and considerable research experience in the medical and basic sciences. He is well motivated in advocating for the wellbeing  of  the  vulnerable  through  access  to  good  nutrition  and  health  care  and  has  the  skills  to  assess  the nutrition and health needs of populations and communities and analyse and evaluate programmes and policies. He has worked over the years at various levels of commitment and acquired skills to produce work at high standard. He has excellent leadership and communication skills which enable him to lead and work effectively as a team player. He has tremendous ability to grasp new ideas and has an insightful and  analytical approach in critically appraising issues to achieve desired results and targets.

Vida Nyagre Yakong, MSc. Ph.D, is a Lecturer and Head of Department for Midwifery with the School of Allied Health Sciences, University for Development Studies, Ghana. She holds a Ph. D in Medical Anthropology, and  an  M.  Sc.  and  B.  Sc.  in  Nursing  from  the  University  of  British  Columbia,  Canada,  and  Certificates  in Registered  Nursing  and  Community  Health  Nursing.  Currently,  she  is  the  Chief  Executive  Officer  (CEO)  for Ghana  Rural  Opportunities  for  Women  (GROW),  a  non-governmental  organization  operating  in  the  Nabdam
District of the Upper East Region, Ghana. Her research interest is in the areas of reproductive health, rural health care access and maternal health, gender and health as well as women empowerment. She has conducted studies in the areas of Women and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has published articles in peer-review journals in the fields of women and reproductive health in northern Ghana. Dr. Yakong has extensive experiences in the application of Participatory Research Tools and Gender Analysis. At the undergraduate level she teaches gender  studies,  reproductive  health  and  family  planning,  philosophy  of  nursing  care,  promoting  parenting, exclusive  breastfeeding  and  supplementary  feeding;  relational  practice  in  nursing  and  midwifery  care,  nursing seminar and current health issues. She also teaches community health and development to graduate students.

Dr. Robert Bela Kuganab-Lem  is  a PhD graduate in Health Planning and Management, a Senior Lecturer and a Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences University for Development, Tamale. His core orientation is to develop and advocate for quality public health services within the three medically underserved northern regions of Ghana. He is currently serving as the Dean of School of Allied Health Sciences and teaches Health Care Ethics and Law, Health Economics and Health Services Planning and Management and Health Systems Research. He
has also been a Psychology Tutor at Nursing Training College Tamale (1996-1997). He developed an MSc/MPhil programme  in  Community  Health  and  Development.  The  programme  has  become  very  popular  for  persons interested in public health care management and leadership.

Dramani  Fuseini  Ayamba holds  a  bachelor’s  degree  in  Health  Science  Education  (Psychiatry)  from  the University  of  Cape  Coast,  Ghana,  a  Diploma  in  Mental  Health  Nursing  (RMN)  from  the  Nursing  Training College,  Pantang,  Accra  Ghana  and  is  a  qualified  Mental  Health  Professional.  His  research  for  his  Bachelor’s degree was on “Factors influencing the Attitudes of Student Nurses Towards the Mentally Ill: A Case Study at NMTC,  Berekum”.  He  worked  as  the  District  Coordinator  for  Community  Psychiatry  for  the  Nanumba  North District in the Northern Region of Ghana from 2009 to 2014. He also established the Community Psychiatric Unit of  the  Bimbilla  Government  Hospital  with  the  help  of  the  District  Health  Directorate  in  2010  which  currently serves as a preceptorship site for students offering Community Mental Officer programme (CHO) in College of Health, Kintampo. He also taught as a part-time tutor at the College of Health Science, Yendi in the Northern Region of Ghana from 2010 to 2014. Dramani also worked with Basic Needs Ghana, an NGO that helps in the treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally ill and helps in reintegrating them into their communities. He has also attended various workshops including “Development of Test Specification and Test Construction, “Fight Against Epilepsy  Initiative”,  “Introduction  to  Blended  Learning  (Incorporating  E-Learning  Into  Traditional  Learning)”, and Tailor-Made-Training on Therapeutic Communication. He is currently a Tutor at the Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, where he teaches Sociology, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, and Therapeutic Communication. He is also in-charge of the college’s Guidance and  Counselling  Unit and  mentoring  the  second  year  nursing  students  of the  college. He  plans  to continue  his studies in the field of mental health, which is his particular area of interest.



NICHE project: The NICHE project aimed to strengthen the capacity of six Nursing Training Colleges (NTCs) and Midwifery Training Schools/Colleges (MTSs), so that they can effectively manage, teach, implement, and evaluate revised curricula for (paediatric) nurses and midwives and substantially increase the number of their graduates. Due to the geographical setting and limited career perspectives, it is a challenge to attract and retain qualified medical staff, including midwives and (paediatric) nurses, to Northern Ghana. UDS was the main client with partners from University of Leiden (NL) and funding from Dutch Government NICHE Project. The project was from 1st Sept. 2011 to 28th February 2016.

Rural  Ghana  and  Rural  Scotland  Educational  Health  link  Collaboration:  The  rural  Ghana  and  rural Scotland  Educational  Health  link  collaboration  aimed  to  increase  the  capacity  at  the  University  for Development Studies and promote a consortium of Higher Education Institutions, to facilitate accessible and equitable  continuing  professional  development  (CPD)  programmes  for  healthcare  professionals.  These  were aimed particularly at females and those working in rural Ghana and focused mainly on mental health and on maternity programmes, which have been identified recently as priority areas for Northern Ghana. The project proposed a strong collaborative and sustainable partnership across  Ghana, Scotland and a wider Diaspora, with an  aim  to  exchange  knowledge  and  skills  in  local  and  distance  teaching,  learning  and  (action)  research methods. The project methodology was based on collaborative principles, and training. Technical support was to  be  given  to  facilitate  a  growth  in  Higher  Education  Institutions  to  design  and  deliver  Continuous Professional Development Programmes. The lead partner was University of Development Studies (UDS) and the other partners were University of Stirling, NHS Highland, Ministry of Health (MOH) Ghana and Diaspora, UK.

Capacity building of staff of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Problem-based Learning. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the innovation and improvement of teaching and learning at SMHS in order to make it possible for SMHS to train and retain Health Professionals in the Northern Regions of Ghana. This will support SMHS to develop a complete high quality PBL/COBES curriculum in medicine, including  clinical  training  in  the  North.  The  project  also  aims  to  build  the  capacity  of  academic  and administrative SMHS staff to implement, run and sustain the new curriculum. This will ultimately contribute to better health care and better health in the Northern Regions of Ghana. 2005- 2009.



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