GDC/Ghana Leadership

The founder of GDC/Ghana, Dr. John Koku Awoonor-Williams is the lead doctor for the Ghana project and a member of the Global Steering Committee. Dr. Peter Baffoe is the co-lead doctor for Ghana.

GDC/Ghana’s lead doctors are supported by an Advisory Committee that includes six experts active in medicine and public health in Ghana.

The African Women’s Development Fund serves as GDC/Ghana’s fiscal sponsor.

For more information, please visit our Lead Doctor Profiles and Advisory Committee page.


Recent Highlights from GDC/Ghana

Study of conscientious objection in Ghana

  • After receiving a three-year grant from the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Safe Abortion Action Fund in the fall of 2014, GDC/Ghana kicked off a study that aims to determine the prevalence of conscientious objection in Northern region of the country. The study will also evaluate the acceptability of potential regulations to providers there.
  • The study’s design and implementation have involved a wide range of key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and Ghanaian Health Service and representatives of professional societies of doctors and midwives.
  • This collaborative framework will allow us to translate study results into a plan for policy intervention to reduce the number of providers lost to conscientious objection in Ghana (a key outcome of the project).
  • Study staff and consultants (including a number of international experts on conscientious objection) developed an original survey tool. Data collection was completed in the summer of 2015, and data analysis will take place in the coming months.

Other activities

  • GDC/Ghana continues to network and advocate for safe abortion services in strategic health fora and partners meetings. Some of the recent major events include:
    • regional annual health sector performance review forum
    • regional maternal health conference
    • regional sensitization forum for the police on Ghana’s abortion law (organized by IPAS)
  • GDC/Ghana has formed productive partnerships with midwifery training programs, such as the American College of Nurses and Midwives Program, the Navrongo Community Health Nursing Training School, and the Bolgatanga Midwifery Training School. GDC/Ghana has also formed a partnership with the Medical Superintendants Association in Ghana.
  • GDC/Ghana capitalized on a government review of the National Health Insurance to successfully advocate for inclusion of family planning coverage. The Minister of Health has asked GDC/Ghana to perform the pilot assessment of its implementation in the Northern regions.
  • GDC/Ghana lead and co-lead doctors have been quoted frequently in the local media about reproductive health issues, including safe abortion; for more information please see our Press page.


Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.