GBTS Collaborators

Dr Justina Ansah

Principal Investigator














Areas of interest:

Blood Safety, Autologous Blood Transfusion, Safe Motherhood and Child Health, strengthening capacity in research skills,



Justina Ansah is a Transfusion Medicine Specialist, the Director of the National Blood Service Ghana and manager of the National Blood programme. She did her under-graduate medical training at the University of Ghana Medical School, Accra and post-graduate training in Transfusion Medicine at the National Blood Service, Leeds, and  the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Blood Transfusion Service both in the U.K. and passed the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh certificate in transfusion medicine. Her Medical Education began in Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Ghana in 1988 as a house officer with the departments of Surgery and child health. She then worked with the departments of Anaesthesia, Heamatology and Centre for clinical genetics as a Medical officer in the same hospital.  She joined the National Blood Transfusion Service Ghana in 1992 where she worked until 1998 when she proceeded to the U.K. for her postgraduate training. She assumed the directorship position upon her return to Ghana in 1999. She worked as a Medical Officer with the Blood Transfusion Safety Unit, Department of Essential Health Technologies, WHO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland  from 2005-2006 and returned to Ghana to resume her position. She is a Member, WHO Expert panel on Blood Transfusion Medicine, a foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of physicians and surgeons, the current secretary of the Faculty of laboratory medicine and a member of the executive board of the postgraduate college. Her current research activities as the principal investigator for EU sponsored project “Building research capacity of Blood Transfusion Services in Africa (T-REC) aim to generate and promote the use of evidence in policy and practice relating to blood transfusion.  She has been at the forefront of the current restructuring of the blood transfusion services in Ghana and is a Member, Project Coordinating Team: Health Services Rehabilitation Project (HSRP) III, Component 2-Support for Blood Services and the Primary Investigator/ Technical coordinator Blood Safety Component; Cooperative agreement (Coag) PEPFAR/CDC Support to Ghana. She is an international speaker and a member of the international society of Blood Transfusion and African Society of Blood Transfusion.

Dr Ansah is both a trainer and examiner of the Faculty of Laboratory Medicine of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a member of Faculty; Mphil Programme in Clinical Immunology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), College of Health Services. She has been involved in teaching residents and Mphil students. She is a member of the education and scientific and Publications committee of the African society for blood transfusion (AfSBT)


Dr Ansah’s research interests include blood safety (particularly in the context of maternal, child and neonatal health, and infections such as malaria Hepatitis B, C, syphilis and HIV. She has a number of publications to her credit and contributed to text books

Consultancies and Technical Assistance

Dr Ansah has over 9 years consultancy experience predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa on missions supported by WHO-HQ Geneva and AFRO and bilateral (e.g. USAID)    Technical inputs covered topics such as carrying out comprehensive situation analysis of existing blood transfusion  systems using WHO standard tools including the basic operational framework and needs assessment tool.



Dr Shirley Owusu-Ofori

Deputy Principal Investigator



Shirley Owusu-Ofori is a Specialist in Transfusion Medicine. She is Head of Transfusion Medicine Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. She did her under- graduate medical training at the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Her post-graduate training in Transfusion Medicine took her through transfusion fellowships in the East Anglia Blood Centre, Cambridge UK and the South- East Scotland Blood Transfusion Service in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a Fellow of Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.

She is an international speaker who has delivered several presentations on Blood Donor Care, Voluntary Blood Donor activity in Ghana, Blood safety in resource constrained economies and Safe Transfusion Practice amongst other topics in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Scotland, England and Brazil.

Areas of interest:

Blood Donor education, Donor recruitment, Donor care for Deferred Blood donors and Clinical transfusion practice


Dr Owusu-Ofori is an active researcher with several international collaborators including University of Cambridge, UK, PlasmAcute AS, Norway and SlieaGen LLC, Austin Texas. She has 29 publications to her credit including three Cochrane systematic reviews under the Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders and the Infectious Diseases Groups. She belongs to the South African Cochrane collaboration and the African Society of Blood Transfusion.


Dr Owusu-Ofori has since 2002, been involved in training of under graduate and postgraduate clinical and laboratory staff in her hospital. She was instrumental in the development of a training curriculum for Phlebotomy at KATH with resultant training of two batches of Phlebotomists who assist in clinical care services.


Shirley Owusu-Ofori has experience in clinical auditing of Serious Hazards of Transfusion events in KATH. These audit findings have been presented at several clinical meetings and are included in training sessions for Intern House Officers.

National role

As part of the restructuring of the Transfusion Services in Ghana, she served on two Working Groups which were responsible for developing plans and giving strategic direction under the Ghana MOH Health III Project. Her team in Working Group 4 were responsible for Safe Clinical Transfusion Practice, and worked on updating guidelines for clinicians on appropriate use of safe blood and blood products, developing systems to encourage reporting of adverse transfusion events and reactions to improve the quality of clinical practice and blood products, developing a strategy and system to meet blood requirements in emergency and reviewed existing maximum blood ordering schedule patterns in two teaching hospitals amongst other tasks.

Under Working Group 6 (responsible for Quality Management and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)) her team developed systems to establish a National Regulatory Body to ensure compliance with quality standards, GMP and blood safety guidelines. They also worked on developing standards and procedures for training in health and safety and developed Guidelines for waste management disposal. Amongst completed designated tasks, Dr Owusu-Ofori was the lead person responsible for the drafting of the Clinical Blood Policy and Systems for Operational Research for the National Blood Service



Daniel Ansong

DPDM Coordinator


Dr Ansong is a specialist paediatrician and senior lecturer in Paediatrics in Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology (KNUST). He is a clinical paediatric researcher specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics. He is the local coordinator of the Diploma in Project Design and Management (DPDM) Transfusion Capacity Research (T-REC) programme in Ghana-a long distance programme offered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in collaboration with KNUST and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) .

He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physician and the Ghana College of Physician.  He has for many years been applying his skills to the design and conduct of research projects including clinical trials. He has been an investigator in several projects and clinical trials concerning anti-malarial drugs, genetics of severe malaria, lactic acidosis in complicated malaria, other malaria path-physiological studies and sickle cell disease.

He is also the principal investigator in a phase III malaria vaccine clinical trial currently taking place in Ghana. In addition to his research interest in malaria he is working on meningitis through the WHO/AFRO HIB Paediatrics Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance Programme for which he is the Lead Clinician.  His research interest is in childhood infections especially malaria and bacterial meningitis.



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Joyce Amponsah

Support assistant


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