Fred Newton Binka is an Academic, University Administrator, Public Health Physician and a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology.
After attending medical school and completing his Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ghana, he later obtained a Master's degree in Public health from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Basel, Switzerland in 1997.
He worked with the Ministry of Health in Ghana for over 20 years. During this time, he established the Navrongo Health Research Centre, where he conducted several large scale intervention studies including Insecticide Treated Bed Nets Study in Ghana.
A pioneer in health and population research, he has worked in 24 countries in Africa and Asia establishing the Indepth-Network.
Professor Binka has served on more than a dozen WHO expert committees and panels. He was Chair of the GAVI Independent Review committee for 4 years and member of the Malaria Advisory Committee (MPAC).
He is a Trustee of several International NGO’s working on Health especially malaria, such as Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) and Malaria Consortium based in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Board of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul, Korea and a member of the past Council of the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health Ghana.
Prof Binka was the first Recipient of the Rudolf Geigy Award 2001 from the R. Geigy Foundation; The Ronald Ross Medal, 2010 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for his work on malaria; and Honorary Fellowship of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2015. He was also honored with a National Award of the Order of the Volta, Officer division. His capacity development efforts also led to the Dr. Pascoal Moccumbi award by EDCTP in 2016.
As an internationally renowned expert in his field, he has published widely and served on various peer-reviewed journal editorial boards.
In 2007, he was appointed Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana where he served until 2012. He was then appointed as the foundation/first Vice Chancellor of the then newly established University of Health And Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho in 2012. He served his four year tenure and retired as the University's administrator on July 31, 2016.
He is currently the President of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa.
Congratulations to the trailblazing Professor Fred Newton Binka on his contribution to health and education in Ghana.
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