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

RAkparibo

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 2220809

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 successfully completing the MPH programme in 2008 I proceeded to the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) to study another masters course in advance quantitative methods in public health assessment (Epidemiology & Biostatistics). The European Commission, under the Erasmus Mundus Masters of European Public Health programme, funded both degree programmes. I returned to the UK in 2009 to start my PhD in Public Health in ScHARR. My PhD project was a realist evaluation of the effectiveness of community-based interventions to combat childhood malnutrition in Ghana. I successfully obtained my PhD in January 2014 and subsequently was employed as a University Teacher in Public Health, with the responsibility to develop the new MSc International Health management and leadership. I am currently the Deputy Course Director for the Masters of Public Health and Health Service Research, as well as the Deputy Course director for the MPH in Leading and Managing Health Services. I was also Co-director of the Masters of European Public Health, working with Professor Paul Bissell, until August 2015.

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. I also work with the United Nations Child Fund (UNICEF) in Ghana and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Denmark.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition, health management and systems. I have expertise in mixed methods programme evaluation, realist evaluation and evidence synthesis, as well as systematic reviews.

Teaching

I currently support the delivering of teaching to masters level students pursuing the MPH programme in ScHARR and the Masters of Medical Science (MMed in Human Nutrition), as well as the MB ChB undergraduate medical degree programme of the Sheffield Medical School.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the British Nutrition Association
  • Member of the Africa Nutrition Association
  • Member of the SHAPE-in Network
  • Member of the Early Career Researchers, of the European Society for Social Medicine

Current Research Projects

  • EmPower Project.  Empowering women as a strategy to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and improve maternal Health.  Funder, The Worldwide University Newtwork 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).
  • The Keeping People Well in their communities project - The Sheffield City Council funds this project.
     https://southsheffield.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/people-keeping-well-briefing-presentation-july-2015.pdf.
  • The Evidence-informed Decision-making in Nutrition and Health (EVIDENT) partnership - an international network of North-South partners that aims to use existing evidence to also enhance evidence-informed decision making and policy-driven research in nutrition and health in Africa.

Recently Completed Projects

Publications

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. https://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. 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, Robert Akparibo, Francis Zotor and Ghana SUN Academic Platform (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.

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).

Akparibo R. (2004) Exercise and our health: - A public Health concern – Development Bulletin for Health. 2004; 3 (5).

Akparibo R. (2004) Soybean as source of food: The need to advocate for its production. Development Bulletin for Health. 2004; 3 (6).

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.

Manuals/Books

  • 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