Council Member Detail

Prof. Fred Binka


Biography

Professor Fred N. Binka is the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho. Ghana established by the Government of Ghana in March 2012.  Before his current appointment he was the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana.

He graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School, MB ChB in 1978, and obtained Masters in Public Health (MPH with Distinction) in 1988 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and a PhD in Epidemiology (summa cum laude) from the University of Basel in Switzerland 1997.

He worked with the Ministry of Health in Ghana for over 20 years, during this period he established the internationally acclaimed Navrongo Health Research Centre, in the Upper East Region of Ghana, where he led the team in the conduct of several large scale community intervention studies to assess their impact on child mortality; including, Vitamin A Supplementation in young children; a community based cluster randomized trial of insecticide treated Bed Nets, and a health system based trial assess the impact of improved community access to primary care (the Community Health and Family Planning interventions) on mortality, fertility and the use health care services and family planning . These studies contributed towards the global and national policy for Vitamin A supplementation in young children, use of insecticide treated bed nets as part of malaria control and in Ghana, the national strategy of deploying nurses to rural locations to improve access to health care known as the Community Based Planning and Services (CHPS).

He established, an internationally acclaimed research network, The Indepth-Network, made up of 33 filed sites in 24 developing countries in Africa and Asia undertaking longitudinal monitoring of populations in the context of carrying out health and population research and was its first Executive Director. Under the auspices of the Indepth-network, Binka has led two large scale trials, The Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance, which prepared the sites in Africa currently undertaking the phase III trials of the leading malaria candidate vaccine and he currently leading the implementation of Indepth-Network  large scale trials of effectiveness and safety trials in 4 countries.

Prof Binka has served on more than a dozen WHO expert committees and panels, GAVI Alliance,, Independent Review Committee and a Trustee of several International NGO’s working on Health especially malaria, they Include AMREF, Malaria Consortium, SCIDEV.net, Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). He also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Professor Binka’s main research interests include the Epidemiology of Tropical diseases, Health measurements and Interventions especially on malaria. He was the first Recipient of Rudolf Geigy Award 2001 from the Geigy Foundation in Switzerland for Excellence in Science and for dedication and Outstanding Contributions to Malaria Control and Health Development in Africa and recently received the prestigious Ronald Ross Medal from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 for his work on malaria. He has over 110 publication in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books.