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Kwaku Poku Asante

Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service’s Research and Development Division

Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante is a medical doctor and an epidemiologist. Currently, he is the Director of Kintampo Health Research Centre under the Ghana Health Service’s Research and Development Division. With over twenty years’ experience in public health research, Dr. Asante has led numerous research projects as a principal investigator in African Countries including Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Guinea, Malawi, and Uganda. He has received research grants from the Government of Ghana, Wellcome Trust, USAID, USA National Institute of Health, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Thrasher Research Fund, AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Program/ Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GSK Biologicals among others to conduct intervention and epidemiological studies in tropical diseases that have been used to influence health policy in Ghana and other developing countries. His research interest has been in the area of malaria and environmental health with over one hundred peer reviewed publications and over forty students’ academic research work supervision from various universities locally and internationally.

Dr. Asante is currently the principal investigator for a fifteen-year clinical trial to evaluate the impact of clean cookstove use on health outcomes; a collaborative research programme with Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University sponsored by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Asante was the lead or principal investigator for the Ghana Randomized Air Pollution and Health Study (GRAPHS) which led to the birth of several Environmental Health Studies.

Dr. Asante has affiliations and memberships with several research institutions such as the National Malaria Control Program-Ghana, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, WHO Writing Group, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology among others. He is the current Chair for the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology African Chapter.

Day 0 October 10
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Day 1 October 11
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Day 2 October 12
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Breakout Room A

Is Household Air Pollution Even More Harmful Than We Thought? Emerging Evidence on the Health Impacts of Household Air Pollution

The relationship between household air pollution and illnesses like pneumonia and heart disease has been well documented. But emerging evidence suggests that the health impacts of household air pollution reach even further, contributing to negative birth outcomes, poor cognition, mental health disorders, and exacerbating COVID-19. New estimates from the World Health Organization show that exposure to household air pollution was responsible for 3.2 million deaths in 2019.

In this session health and air quality experts from across the globe with interdisciplinary backgrounds will discuss the latest and most critical research on clean cooking and health.  Participants will walk away with knowledge and be able to communicate about the latest research on household air pollution and health. The discussion will identify remaining research gaps at the intersection of clean cooking, air quality, and health, and will spur crossdisciplinarity collaboration to fill them.

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Speakers
Donee Alexander Chief Science and Learning Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Heather Adair-Rohani Technical Lead on Energy and Health, WHO
Maggie Clark Associate Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Colorado State University
Sola Olopade Director, International Programs, Pritzker School of Medicine
Kwaku Poku Asante Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service’s Research and Development Division
William Worodria Senior Consultant Physician and Pulmonologist, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
Day 3 October 13
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Day 4 October 14
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Breakout Room A

Is Household Air Pollution Even More Harmful Than We Thought? Emerging Evidence on the Health Impacts of Household Air Pollution

The relationship between household air pollution and illnesses like pneumonia and heart disease has been well documented. But emerging evidence suggests that the health impacts of household air pollution reach even further, contributing to negative birth outcomes, poor cognition, mental health disorders, and exacerbating COVID-19. New estimates from the World Health Organization show that exposure to household air pollution was responsible for 3.2 million deaths in 2019.

In this session health and air quality experts from across the globe with interdisciplinary backgrounds will discuss the latest and most critical research on clean cooking and health.  Participants will walk away with knowledge and be able to communicate about the latest research on household air pollution and health. The discussion will identify remaining research gaps at the intersection of clean cooking, air quality, and health, and will spur crossdisciplinarity collaboration to fill them.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Donee Alexander Chief Science and Learning Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Heather Adair-Rohani Technical Lead on Energy and Health, WHO
Maggie Clark Associate Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Colorado State University
Sola Olopade Director, International Programs, Pritzker School of Medicine
Kwaku Poku Asante Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service’s Research and Development Division
William Worodria Senior Consultant Physician and Pulmonologist, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante
Sessions by Kwaku Poku Asante