Robert Akparibo, BSc (Ghana), MSc (Denmark), MPH (Sheffield, UK) & PhD (Sheffield, UK), MEd (Sheffield, UK)

RobertAkparibo

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office:  Room 2037, 2nd Floor, Regent Street

Tel: +44(0)114 2224269
Fax:+44(0)114 2220749

email: R.Akparibo@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-3751-2432

Biography

I joined the Section of Public Health of ScHARR in 2007 as a student of the Masters of Public Health programme.   After a successful completion in 2008, I proceeded to the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) to study another Masters' degree course in advance Quantitative Methods in Public Health Assessment, (Epidemiology & Biostatistics).  The European Commission, under the Erasmus Mundus Masters of European Public programme funded both degree programmes.  I returned to the UK (ScHARR) in 2009 to start my PhD in Public Health.  My PhD research adopted a realist methodology to evaluate what works and how of a community-based management of acute malnutrition in children below 5 years in Ghana.  ScHARR employed me in 2013, upon completion of my PhD and since then I have been working here as a University Teacher, Global Health.  Currently I am the Course Director of the Masters of Public Health in Management and Leadership, as well as Director of Students Experience.

Prior to joining ScHARR, I have carried out development work for 6 years, in top management positions, with various Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations in West Africa. These include Ghana with the Ghana Health Service and the Association of Faith-Based Development Programme (ACDEP); Senegal with the Family Health International, and Burkina Faso with Helen Keller International. My last two jobs before joining ScHARR were with the United Nations Child Fund (UNICEF) in Ghana and the World Health Organization (WHO) European Office for Europe in Denmark.

Research Interests

My research interests are varied. Particular interest areas are:

• Implementation research
• Maternal and child health, including maternal health literacy research
• Nutrition, including infant and young child feeding, dietary practices/patterns, food/eating behaviours and food     security research
• Healthcare management, systems and policy research

In terms of methodological expertise, I have expertise in using mixed methods, realist evaluation and evidence synthesis, as well as systematic reviews.

Teaching

I coordinate and manage teaching, as well as teach on various modules (both online and face-to-face), including the Managing and Leading Health Services (f2f & online), Key Issues in Global Health (f2f & online), Using Policy to Strengthen Health System ((f2f & online), Communicable Disease Control (f2f), Disasters and Emergency Management (f2f), Strategic Management (online), Knowledge Mobilisation (f2f) and the Health Needs Assessment (f2f) modules. In addition, I support teaching of the Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition (MMed in Human Nutrition), as well as the MB ChB (Medicine) undergraduate degree programme.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academic (FHEA)
  • Member of the British Nutrition Association
  • Member of the Africa Nutrition Association
  • Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy (ANH)
  • Qualified member of the 'Associations of Programme Managers" UK

Publications

  • Harris J, Abualbashir ABU, Akparibo R, Ariss S, Haywood A, Messina F, Soady J, Young T. Shifting Demand for Non Medical Services Evaluation Report 27 Nov 2017 (Report) Author URL.
  • Amos Laar, Richmond Aryeetey, Reginald Adjetey, Robert Akparibo, et al. (2017) Contribution of scaling up nutrition Academic Platforms to nutrition capacity strengthening in Africa: local efforts, continental prospects and challenges. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 20117, p1-11. Doi: 10.1017/S0029665117001124. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28756793.
  • Robert Akparibo, Janet Harris, Lindsay Blank, Mike J. Campbell, Michelle Holdsworth (2017) Severe acute malnutrition in children aged under 5 years can be successfully managed in a non-emergency routine community healthcare setting in Ghana. Matern Child Nutr. 2017; e12417. ht://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.1241 7 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12417/abstract
  • Robert Akparibo, Andrew Booth and Andrew C.K Lee (2017) Recovery, Relapse, and Episodes of Default in the Management of Acute Malnutrition in Children in Humanitarian Emergencies: A systematic review (Report). Humanitarian Policy and Practice. DOI10.21201/2016.605149. policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/relationships-between-recovery-and-relapse-and-default-and-repeated-episodes-of-605149 http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/relationships-between-recovery-and-relapse-and-default-and-repeated-episodes-of-605149.
  • Robert Akparibo, Andrew Lee, Janet Harris, Andrew Booth, Lindsay Bland, Michelle Holdsworth , Helen Beckley, Seth-Adu Afarwuah, Mark Manary, Tanya Khara (2016) relationship between recovery and Relapse, and Default and repeated Episodes of default in the management of acute malnutrition in children in humanitarian emergencies . A systematic review of evidence (PROTOCOL). Humanitarian Policy and Practice. 10.21201/2016.605149 http://reliefweb.int/report/world/relationships-between-recovery-and-relapse-and-default-and-repeated-episodes-default.
  • Robert Akparibo, Pascal A. Panga and John Awoornor-Williams (2015) Factors influencing the Uptake of Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services for HIV/AIDS in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region, Ghana. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 2015; 33:23: DOI: 10.1186/s41043-015-0035-8.
    http://jhpn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41043-015-0035-8. jhpn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41043-015-0035-8.
  • Amos Laar, Richmond N.O Aryeetey, Francis Zotor et al (for the Ghana Academic Platform for scaling up Nutrition (2014) Nutrition Sensitivity of the (2015) Budget statement of the republic of Ghana - a review. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. Cambridge University Press, 2015. Doi: 1017/S0029665115002426.
    http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract;jsessionid=AE7A484FD7395E3F7C5B0FE76CEBCC20.journals?aid=10001738&fileId=S0029665115002426.
  • Aryeetey RNO Laar AK, Zotor F, Robert Akparibo, Abizari Abdul-Razak and the Ghana SUN Academic Platform (2015). Capacity for scaling up nutrition: a focus on pre-service training in West Africa. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2015; 1-5; doi: 10.1017/S0029665114001748.
  •  Hibbah Arabah Saeed, Joseph Birundu, Robert Akparibo and Patrick Kolsteren (2015) Reliability of Mid Upper Arm Circumference Measurements taken by Community Health Nurses. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science. 2015; 3(1), 26-35.http://www.foodandnutritionjournal.org/volume3number1/reliability-of-mid-upper-arm-circumference-measurements-taken-by-community-health-nurses/.
  • Robert Akparibo and Pascal Awingura Apanga (2015) Ebola disease: a call to strengthen healthcare and surveillance systems in West Africa. Int J Heath Sci Res. 2014; 5(1) 275-278.http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=177183.
  • Akparibo R, Harris J, Blank L, Adu-Afarwuah S. Community-based Management of Severe-Acute Malnutrition in children in non-emergency context: Evidence from a retrospective study in Ghana. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 2013; 63:1061-1061 (available in abstract only).
  • Akparibo R (2013) Scaling up Nutrition in Ghana, reflections from the field. The Lancet GLOBAL Health, 2013; 1(3). http://globalhealth.thelancet.com/2013/10/14/scaling-nutrition-ghana.
  • Jones G, Simkhada P, Tadesse H, Barnes A, Akparibo R, and Saddiq M (2012) Neglected issues in conceptualizations of actions on health systems: A framework from an international actors’ deliberation process. Global Symposium on Health system Research, 2012; 2(1) (available in abstract only).
  • Akparibo R. (2006) Gender Based Violence and HIV transmission in Africa the way forward. Magazine of the Africa Women Millennium Initiative, special edition, 2006; 1 (1).

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

  • Robert Akparibo, Janet Harris, Lindsay Blank and Michelle Holdsworth. Using theory of change approach to understand the impact of community-based management of acute malnutrition in children in Ghana. Accepted for presentation: Global health and Innovation Conference - University of Yale (USA) – April 16-17, 2016.
  • Akparibo R, Harris J., Blank L (2014) Factors associated with high dropout rates of children attending a community-based programme for treatment of severe-acute malnutrition in Ghana - A mixed methods study. African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference, July 2014 Ghana.
  • Aryeetey RNO Laar AK, Zotor F, Robert Akparibo, Abizari Abdul-Razak and the Ghana SUN Academic Platform (2015). Capacity for scaling up nutrition: a focus on pre-service training in West Africa. African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference. July 2014, Ghana.
  • Amos Laar, Richmond N.O Aryeetey, Robert Akparibo, Francis Zotor, Ghana SUN Academic Platform (2014) Nutrition Sensitivity of the 2014 Budget statement of the republic of Ghana - a review, African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference. July 2014, Ghana.
  • Akparibo R, Harris J., Blank L, Holdsworth M (2013) Community-Based Management of Severe-Acute Malnutrition in children in non-emergency context: evidence from a retrospective study in Upper East region of Ghana. International Union of Nutrition Scientist (IUNS) Conference, September 2013, Granada, Spain.
  • Jones G, Simkhada P, Tadesse H, Barnes A, Akparibo R and Saddiq M (2012)  Neglected issues in conceptualizations of actions on health systems: A framework from an international actors' deliberation process.  Poster Abstract publication, second global symposium on health system research, Beijing China.
  • Akparibo R, Harris J, Holdsworth M and Blank L. (2012) Effectiveness of community-based management of childhood severe acute malnutrition: A Realist synthesis of research evidence, African Nutrition Society Conference, September 2012.
  • Akparibo R, Dryden C and Blank L. (2010)  Effect of consumption of plympy'nut on weight, height and muscle mass gain during recovery from severe acute malnutrition among children under five years.  Abstract publication at African Nutrition Society, October 2010.
  • Akparibo R (2012)  Conducting Research in Development context:  dealing with high level government-led projects gatekeepers.  The case for Ghana.  Accepted at Research in Development Network (RIDNET) Conference, University of Leeds, UK.

Current (Ongoing) Projects

  • Evaluation of the Community Connector’s project of the British Red Cross. The project aim to provide vital support to around 300 lonely and isolated local people - http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Health-and-social-care/Independent-living/Loneliness-and-isolation.
  • EmPower Project: Empowering women as a strategy to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and improve maternal Health. Funder: The Worldwide University Network research Development Fund. Collaborators: The University of Sydney, University of Massachusetts, University of Ghana.
  • Dietary transitions in African cities: leveraging evidence for interventions and policy to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Funder: The Global Challenge Research Fund. Collaborators: University of Ghana, University of Liverpool, Loughborough University, University of Allied Health Sciences (Ghana), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya.
  • Dietary transitions in Ghanaian cities: mapping the factors in the social and physical food environments that drive consumption of energy dense nutrient-poor (EDNP) foods and beverages, to identify interventions targeting women and adolescent girls throughout the reproductive life course. Funder: Gate and Melinda Foundation, USA. http://www.driversoffoodchoice.org/grants/2-uncategorised/34-holdsworth-sheffield-websummary. Collaborators: University of Ghana, University of Liverpool, Loughborough University, University of Allied Health Sciences (Ghana).

Completed Projects

Training Manuals

  • Adama N, Ndome M, Diop M, Sow B, Abdoulaye CA, Mbaye SD, Djibril C, Akparibo R, Ndeye FNG, Sanon D and Manske D (2005)  Training of trainers on nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS (in French) - The Trainer of trainers manual can be found  @ www.document.minisanterdc.cd/document/doc_45.pdf
  • Adama N, Ndome M, Dio M, Sow B, Abdoulaye CA, Mbaye SD, Djibril C, Akparibo R, Ndeye FNG, Sanon DA and Manske M (2005) Participants manual for the training of field health staff on nutrition care and support for people living with HIV (in French) - the manual for participant can also be found @ http://www.pfnutrition.org