Joseph Oppong

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In our communities there are large numbers of longstanding external hernias that remain untreated. This paper describes the epidemiological characteristics of these hernias. The data is expected to provide guidelines for sustained national and international efforts to reduce the burden of hernia by performing large-scale elective hernia repairs. Between(More)
Since HIV in Africa is spread primarily through unprotected sex, safe sex practices such as condom use can reduce HIV spread significantly. Nevertheless, because sexual behavior involves complex dynamics, condom use is not an easy option for many people in Africa despite years of condom distribution intervention. In fact, the complex nature of sexuality(More)
Political violence in civil war and ethnic conflicts has generated millions of refugees across the African continent with unbelievable pictures of suffering and unnecessary death. Using a political ecology framework, this paper examines the geographies of exile and refugee movements and the associated implications for re-emerging and newly emerging(More)
BACKGROUND Buruli ulcer (BU), one of 17 neglected tropical diseases, is a debilitating skin and soft tissue infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. In tropical Africa, changes in land use and proximity to water have been associated with the disease. This study presents the first analysis of BU at the village level in southwestern Ghana, where prevalence(More)
While education in ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is widely acknowledged as an essential component of graduate education, particularly in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math), little consensus exists on how best to accomplish this goal. Recent years have witnessed a turn toward the use of games in this(More)
Although the West African inland valleys are characteristically wet all-year-round, their hydrological conditions are known to be site-specific and may differ markedly between the rainy and the dry seasons. Information on their physical properties would be useful for proper water management under the sawah rice culture and for planning dry season cropping.(More)
BACKGROUND Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is the second largest hospital in Ghana. Two years have elapsed after performance of the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy. OBJECTIVES To examine our experience and lessons learned. DESIGN Retrospective review. SETTING Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). SUBJECTS We reviewed leadership support,(More)
PRIOR TO THE 1980S, HISTORIANS OF AFRICA rarely paid explicit attention to sexuality, a topic generally presumed to belong more appropriately to anthropology or psychology. Moreover, when the topic did come up, authors across the disciplines commonly assumed or asserted an African (“native,” customary, tribal, or premodern) sexuality, in the singular and in(More)
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