Prof. Philip Adongo


Adongo Baba Philip

Senior Lecturer

Social and Behavioral Science (Head)

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK)
  • Master of Social Medical Anthropology (University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK)
  • Diploma in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK)
  • BA (University of Ghana)
Contact Information

Tel: +233 244 806015

Research Interests
Dr. Adongo’s research spans the domains of health system research, implementation research, epidemiology, reproductive health, medical anthropology and ethnography.

Prior to joining the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, he worked as Principal Research Fellow at the Navrongo Health Research Centre.  Among the many malaria research projects that he has planned, coordinated, and implemented is a study that has had an impact on health policy throughout malaria endemic Africa, the Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in Infants (IPTi) using Sulphadoxime-Pyremethamine (SP). The IPTi-SP project was implemented in Ghana, Malawi, Benin, and Madagascar. Apart from his malaria research on malaria, his international work involved investigation of the impact of cross border migration on HIV/AIDs among the bordering countries of Ghana, Togo, and Burkina Faso. His reproductive health research has also focused on constraints to the introduction of family planning services in a rural traditional societal setting of northern Ghana. This work has addressed several gender topics in reproductive health.

Dr. Adongo is currently engaged in a collaborative project with the Ghana Health Service and the Mailman School of Public Health that is known as the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program. Launched in partnership with the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, GEHIP is testing the hypothesis that country-to-country transfer of evidence-based programs will strategically complement each other, thereby accelerating progress in achieving MDGs 4 and 5. He has consulted for several international and national institutions including UNICEF Ghana, University of Tulane, West African Buruli Ulcer Group, Ministry of Health-Ghana and Population Council-Ghana, Accra. He also served as an advisory committee member for the Newborn Home Intervention Trial from 2007-2010 and currently serves as a Board Member of his former Senior High Secondary School.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Moyer, C. A., Adongo, P. B., Aborigo, R. A., Hodgson, A., Engmann, C. M., & Devries, R. (2014). "It's up to the woman's people": How social factors influence facility-based delivery in rural northern ghana. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(1), 109-119.
  2. Dako-Gyeke P, Aikins M, Aryeetey R, McCough L, Adongo PB (2013) The influence of socio-cultural interpretations of pregnancy threats on health seeking behavior among pregnant women in urban Accra, Ghana. BMC: Pregnancy and Childbirth 19:13(1): 211
  3. Nwameme AU, Phillips JP, Adongo PB (2013) Compliance with emergency obstetric care referrals among pregnant women in an urban informal settlement of Accra, Ghana. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 7 (9)
  4. Aborah S, Akweongo P, Adjuik M, Atinga RA, Welaga P, Adongo PB (2013) The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs for the treatment of malaria in the Bolgatanga municipality, northern Ghana. Malaria Journal, 12(1), 266.
  5. Adongo, PB, Tapsoba P, Phillips JF, Tabong PTN, Stone A, Kuffour E, Esantsi SF, Akweongo P. (2013) The role of community-based health planning and services strategy in involving males in the provision of family planning services: a qualitative study in Southern Ghana. Reproductive Health 10 (1): 36.
  6. Moyer CA, Adongo PB, Aborigo RA, Hodgson A, Engmann CM. (2013) ‘They treat you like you are not a human being’: Maltreatment during labour and delivery in rural northern Ghana. Midwifery.
  7. Tabong PT and Adongo PB. (2013) Infertility and childlessness: a qualitative study of the experiences of infertile couples in northern Ghana. BMC: Childbirth and Pregnancy 13:72 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-72.
  8. Welaga P, Moyer CA, Aborigo R, Adongo P, Williams J, Hodgson A, Oduro A, Engmann C. (2013) Why are babies dying in the first month after birth? A 7-year study of neonatal mortality in northern Ghana. PLoS One. 8:3 e58924
  9. Moyer CA, Adongo PB, Aborigo AR, Hodgson A. Engmann C, DeVries R. (2013) “It is up to the women’s people”: How social factors influence facility-based delivery in rural northern Ghana. Maternal and Child Health Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1240-9.
  10. Adongo PB, Phillips JF, Baynes CD. (2013) Addressing Men’s Concerns About Reproductive Health Services and Fertility Regulation in a Rural Sahelian Setting of Northern Ghana: The “Zurugelu Approach”. In Critical Issues in Reproductive Health (pp. 59-83). Springer Netherlands.
  11. Engmann C, Adongo P, Aborigo AR, Gupta M, Logonia G, Affah G, Waiswa P, Hodgson A, Moyer CA. (2013) Infant illness spanning the antenatal to early neonatal continuum in rural northern Ghana: local perceptions, beliefs and practices. Journal of Perinatology. doi: 10.1038/jp.2012.151.
  12. Tabong PT and Adongo PB. (2013) Understanding the social meaning of infertility and childbearing and childlessness in northern Ghana. PLoS One. 8(1): e54429.
  13. Moyer CA, Aborigo RA, Logonia G, Affah G, Rominske S, Adongo PB, Willams J, Hodgson A, Engmann CM. (2012) Clean delivery praces in rural northern Ghana: A qualitative study of community and provider knowledge, attitude, and beliefs systems. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12(1): 50. DOI: 101186/1471/1471-2393-12-50
  14. Phillips JF, Jackson EF, Bawah AA, MacLeod B, Adongo P, Baynes C, Williams J. (2012) The long-term fertility impact of the Navrongo project in northern Ghana. Studies in Family Planning. 43(3): 175-90.
  15. Aborigo RA, Moyer CA, Rominski S, Adongo P, Williams J, Logonia G, Affah G, Hodgson A, Engmann C. (2012) Infant nutrition in the seven days of life in rural northern Ghana. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2;12:76. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-12-76.
  16. Engmann C, Walega P, Williams J, Aborigo RA, Adongo PB, Lavasani L, Moyer CA, Bose C, Binka F, Hodgson A. (2011). Stillbirths and Early Neonatal Mortality in Rural Northern Ghana. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 17(3) pp 272-282.