Dr Edward Tieru Dassah
Department Population, Family & Reproductive Health
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Biography of Ebenezer Dassah
Dr. Ebenezer Dassah is currently a Lecturer with the Department of Global and International Health (School of Public Health) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He is a global health researcher with research interests that broadly focuses on health policy decision making, and health services and systems research. His research particularly involves conducting policy and practice relevant health research to address health inequities among marginalized populations (i.e., persons with disabilities, older adults and children) globally. The goal of his scholarship is to provide policy and practice-relevant interventions that can improve these marginalized populations globally.
Prior to joining KNUST, Dr. Dassah worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the United Nations University—International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was instrumental in running the UNU-IIGH’s Pillar One that is mandated to advance evidence-based policy on key issues related to sustainable development and global health through an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach to problem-solving.
Dr. Dassah also worked as a Research Associate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Center for Environmental Health Equity at Queen’s University, Canada. He particularly worked in an on-going global health research project on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for children with disabilities in schools in Ghana. This project is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Research output from this project seeks to provide evidence and intervention strategies for improving accessible and inclusive WASH services for children with disabilities in school settings in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. Dassah previously served as a Research Assistant with the Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation while he was a PhD student, under the Queen Elizabeth II Scholars Program. He also was an active member of a vibrant, international PhD cohorts and remain highly connected to a network of global health professionals. He further collaborated with a team of colleagues at the Queen’s University International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation to organize the Future Leaders in Global Health and Rehabilitation Conference. This conference was focussed on highlighting cutting-edge research on the health care needs of marginalized populations in Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, India and Nigeria.
He also worked as a Research Assistant with the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (Canada) on a project that focused on developing specific and actionable health policy intervention priorities aimed at supporting access to health care services for persons with Multiple Sclerosis globally.
Dr. Dassah holds a PhD degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba, both in Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours) at the University of Ghana.