KNUST Lecturer, Prof Veronica Dzomeku Wins USAID Grant For Maternal Care Research

Prof Mrs Veronica Millicent Dzomeku

Professor (Mrs.) Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, has won a grant worth USD 200,000.00 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) project for a multisite project between KNUST and University of Liberia.

The grant seeks to implement her project titled “Community and Hospital-based Obstetrics, WhatsApp Triage, Referral, and Transfer (WAT-RT) System”. The objective of the project is to enhance continuity and access to quality maternal care in rural communities in Ghana.

Professor (Mrs.) Dzomeku obtained her BSc. (Hons) and MPhil degrees from the University of Ghana between 1997 and 2005; and was adjudged the Best Student of College of Health Sciences, and the Best MPhil Thesis respectively. She acquired her PhD from the School of Nursing, University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2017. 

She rose through the ranks of staff midwife at Ho Government Hospital in 1993 through to midwifery tutor at Midwifery Training School in Kumasi in 2000 and then to a lecturer in KNUST in 2010. In 2017, she was selected as one of the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars to undertake a four-month residency in Michigan, United States of America.  

In 2018, she won the Emerging Leader Award for her project “Changing the Culture of Disrespect and Abuse in Maternal Care in Kumasi-Ghana”. This grant worth 480,000 USD was awarded by National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International for a period of five (5) years from 2018 through to 2023. 

Professor Dzomeku has a key interest in maternal care and her goal is to design, implement and evaluate programs relevant to improving maternal health outcomes in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted many studies and has over 20 publications to her credit. Additionally, she is also a reviewer for several journals including Nursing and Midwifery International Journal (NUMID), Nigerian Journal of Nursing, Pre-publication reviewer, University of Michigan, and Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences.

source: KNUST

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