Mr Eric Badu

Mr Eric Badu

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

I am completing PhD Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I also hold Masters degree in Disability, Rehabilitation and Development as well as Bachelor of Art degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I have interest in mental health research, recovery in mental health, health services research, disability studies, systematic reviews, inclusive development, resilience, realistic evaluation, mixed methods and research methodologies. I have substantial experience in teaching, research and advocacy in disability, mental health and health services research. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle, I worked as a research advisor to lead and support research and evidence-generating activities in disability and health, social inclusion and inclusive education within Sightsavers Programmes. I am looking forward to joining a team that will allow me to demonstrate my research, policy and implementation science skills, particularly bridging the gap between the academic and communities. My current PhD research aims to use a realistic evaluation approach, involving a mixed-method design to measure the quality of mental health services and consumers functionality.


Keywords

  • Community-Based Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Health Research
  • Health Systems Research
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Research Methods
  • Social Inclusion
  • Systematic review

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 30
111005 Mental Health Nursing 40
160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods 30

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2018 - 31/12/2018 Research Assistant

Conducted literature search, data extraction and develop an integrative review manuscript entitled "Reducing Workplace Stress by Resilience in the Australian Nursing Workforce – Comprehensive Integrative Review"

The University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
18/5/2015 - 31/1/2017 Research Advisor, West Africa Programmes

Lead and support research and other evidence-generating activities in the area of Disability and Health, Social Inclusion and Inclusive Education for Sightsavers programmes in the West Africa region

Sightsavers International
Research Unit
United Kingdom
22/4/2019 -  Causual Research Assistant

  • Conducted literature search
  • Conducted data extraction
  • Writing integrative review manuscript

Macquarie university
Business and Economics
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
3/9/2012 - 30/5/2014 Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences
Department of Community Health
Ghana
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Amissah J, Nakua EK, Badu E, Amissah AB, Lariba L, 'In search of universal health coverage: The hidden cost of family planning to women in Ghana', BMC Research Notes, 13 (2020)

© 2020 The Author(s). Objective: This study aims to estimate the cost of accessing FP services in Ghana. A cross-sectional design, involving quantitative methods were used to recr... [more]

© 2020 The Author(s). Objective: This study aims to estimate the cost of accessing FP services in Ghana. A cross-sectional design, involving quantitative methods were used to recruit 1194 women who accessed FP services in 336 primary health facilities, selected through a two-stage sampling. Descriptive statistics were used to estimate the cost, using STATA 13. Results: The average age of the women was 29 ± 6.87. Most women had basic education. The sources of payment for FP services were self-finance, family and sponsorship. The average direct cost of accessing FP services was GHS 7.90 [US$ 1.76]. The cost of FP services was highest for consultation GHS 7.50 [US$ 1.67], Laboratory test/x-ray GHS 6.03 [US$ 1.34], Transportation GHS GHS5.50 [US$ 1.22], Contraceptive GHS 4.73 [US$ 1.05] and Client records Card GHS 3.30 [US$ 0.73]. The cost of FP services was higher for clients visiting private facilities, tertiary level as well as those in urban centers. Clients on average spent 54.21 min traveling at a distance of 3.49 km and wait averagely 18.11 min for each visit. Government stakeholders are encouraged to revise the existing maternal health policies, as well as increase the list of FP services within the exemption package of the NHIS policy.

DOI 10.1186/s13104-020-4928-2
2020 Gyamfi N, Badu E, Mprah WK, Mensah I, 'Recovery services and expectation of consumers and mental health professionals in community-based residential facilities of Ghana.', BMC Psychiatry, 20 355 (2020)
DOI 10.1186/s12888-020-02768-w
2020 Abodey E, Vanderpuye I, Mensah I, Badu E, 'In search of universal health coverage highlighting the accessibility of health care to students with disabilities in Ghana: a qualitative study (2020)
DOI 10.21203/rs.2.16285/v4
2020 Badu E, O Brien AP, Mitchell R, 'Usefulness of Recovery services promoting personal recovery among Adults living with Severe Mental illness A Comprehensive Integrative Review (2020)
DOI 10.21203/rs.3.rs-22134/v1
2020 Opoku MP, Nketsia W, Banye MA, Mprah WK, Dogbe JA, Badu E, 'Caregiving experiences and expectations of parents with in-school children with intellectual disability in Ghana', RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, 96 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2019.103524
2020 Deborah TD, Anthony EK, Badu E, Amy B-A, Gyamfi N, Josephine A-N, Opoku MP, 'The burden of caregiving among mental health nurses providing services to consumers with depression in Ghana', PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHIATRIC CARE, 56 72-80 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ppc.12377
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Badu E, O'Brien AP, Mitchell R, Rubin M, James C, McNeil K, et al., 'Workplace stress and resilience in the Australian nursing workforce: A comprehensive integrative review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 29 5-34 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/inm.12662
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Carole James, Karen Mcneil, Mark Rubin, Tony Obrien, Rebecca Mitchell
2020 Badu E, O Brien AP, Mitchell R, Osei A, 'Mediation and moderation effects of health system structure and process on the quality of mental health services in Ghana Structural equation modelling', PLoS ONE, 15 1-19 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0233351
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Tony Obrien
2020 Abodey E, Vanderpuye I, Mensah I, Badu E, 'In search of universal health coverage - highlighting the accessibility of health care to students with disabilities in Ghana: a qualitative study', BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 20 (2020)
DOI 10.1186/s12913-020-05138-0
2019 Badu E, Mitchell R, O'Brien A, 'Pathways to mental health treatment in Ghana: Challenging biomedical methods from herbal- and faith-healing perspectives', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY, 65 527-538 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0020764019862305
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tony Obrien, Rebecca Mitchell
2019 Badu E, Agyei-Baffour P, Ofori Acheampong I, Opoku MP, Addai-Donkor K, 'Perceived satisfaction with health services under National Health Insurance Scheme: Clients' perspectives', International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 34 e964-e975 (2019) [C1]

© 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The study aims to explore the perceived satisfaction of insured clients in financing health services through National Health Insurance in Ghan... [more]

© 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The study aims to explore the perceived satisfaction of insured clients in financing health services through National Health Insurance in Ghana. A quantitative method was used to recruit 380 respondents, selected by multistage cluster sampling. Data were collected through the administration of questionnaires. More than half, 57.9%, of respondents were males, and the average age was 34¿years. Most respondents, 74.3%, were insured. Overall, 53.12% of insured clients were dissatisfied with the services of providers. Factors, such as benefit package of insurance, willingness to pay higher premium, and perceived discrimination were significantly associated with poor satisfaction with health services. The current advocacy for and awareness about the use of health insurance as a prepayment plan should be prioritised in policy initiatives. The benefit package for the insurance should be increased in order to cover all disease conditions that afflict the Ghanaian population.

DOI 10.1002/hpm.2711
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2019 AMISSAH JOHN, Badu E, Agyei-Baffour P, Nakua EK, Mensah I, 'Predisposing factors influencing occupational injury among frontline building construction workers in Ghana (2019)
DOI 10.21203/rs.2.13542/v4
2019 Badu E, Mensah I, Gyamfi N, Agyei-Okyere E, Abodey E, Adusei-Nkrumah J, 'Knowledge and sources of accessing sexual and reproductive health information among visually impaired women in Ghana (2019)
DOI 10.21203/rs.2.11779/v2
2019 Badu E, O'Brien AP, Mitchell R, 'An integrative review on methodological considerations in mental health research - design, sampling, data collection procedure and quality assurance', ARCHIVES OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 77 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s13690-019-0363-z
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Tony Obrien
2019 Badu E, O Brien AP, Mitchell R, 'The Conceptualization of Mental Health Service Quality Assessment: Consumer Perspective', Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46 790-806 (2019) [C1]

© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This review synthesises theoretical approaches and methodological considerations in mental health service qu... [more]

© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This review synthesises theoretical approaches and methodological considerations in mental health service quality assessment from consumers-perspective. We searched published articles from databases: EMBASE, MEDLINE, CIHNAL, Scopus, Web of Science, and PsycINFO. Of the 30 included papers, 16 contained instruments used to mental health quality assessment and 14 focused on theoretical constructs. The review finds that mental health quality assessment is explained and measured using constructs that focus on structure, process and outcome. The methodological issues that need critical consideration are the context and cultural norms of services, outcome perspectives, evaluator, sources of information as well as the selection of consumers and instruments. The review recommends that researchers and clinicians should consider the theoretical constructs and methodological issues in mental health quality assessment.

DOI 10.1007/s10488-019-00955-w
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Tony Obrien
2019 Badu E, Okyere P, Bell D, Gyamfi N, Opoku MP, Agyei-Baffour P, Edusei AK, 'Reporting in the abstracts presented at the 5th AfriNEAD (African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability) Conference in Ghana.', Research integrity and peer review, 4 1 (2019)
DOI 10.1186/s41073-018-0061-3
2019 Amoako S, Opoku MP, Nketsia W, Edusei AK, Afriyie SA, Badu E, 'Inclusivity in neo-liberal policy environment: preparedness of mass media to support disability awareness campaigns in Ghana', Disability and Rehabilitation, (2019)

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Purpose: The mass media have been described as an important institution in educating society about pers... [more]

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Purpose: The mass media have been described as an important institution in educating society about persons with disabilities and in facilitating their acceptance. However, calls to project a positive public image of persons with disabilities and to develop an inclusive society have coincided with the neo-liberal approach to policymaking, whereby government plays a minimised role in the provision of basic services to citizens. Although the extant literature from advanced countries has found stereotypical and disempowering portrayals of persons with disabilities in the mass media, this area remains unresearched in developing countries. The purpose of this study was to explore how the managers of media organisations conceptualise disability, their perception of the role and contribution of the media towards promoting effective public awareness campaigns about persons with disabilities. Methods: This descriptive, qualitative study draws on a purposive sample of 20 participants consisting of general managers, news editors and programme managers from ten media organisations in a region in Ghana. A semi-structured interview guide was developed from the literature, which included tenets of neo-liberalism, to collect the data. Results: The study found that the majority of respondents cited medical model explanations of disability. Also, they were unprepared to prioritise disability issues due to lack of public interest in disability programmes and lack of funds and sponsorship for disability programmes. Conclusion: Governments must offer tax rebates to media organisations to enable them to prioritise disability issues. Other recommendations for developing media interest in disability issues are also discussed.Implications for rehabilitation This study shows limited understanding of disability among decision-makers or key players in media organisations in Ghana. In an environment of meritocracy, persons with disabilities who struggle to access education in Ghana, may be unable to secure jobs at media organisation. This study shows that media organisations seem unprepared to support or project image of persons with disabilities because such ventures come with no reward. We conclude that if the government is committed towards achieving an inclusive society in Ghana, it could offer tax rebate to media organisations to enable them cover disability programmes.

DOI 10.1080/09638288.2019.1582718
2019 Nartey AK, Badu E, Agyei-Baffour P, Gyamfi N, Opoku MP, O'Brien AP, Mitchell R, 'The predictors of treatment pathways to mental health services among consumers in Ghana', Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 55 300-310 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Purpose: To explore factors influencing treatment pathways to mental health services among consumers in Ghana. Design and Methods: Cross-sectional d... [more]

© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Purpose: To explore factors influencing treatment pathways to mental health services among consumers in Ghana. Design and Methods: Cross-sectional design using quantitative method. Findings: Treatment pathways for mental illness were general hospitals/clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and faith-based practices. The predisposing (age, household size, primary occupation, ethnicity, marital status, religion, and geographic location, as well as attitudes and beliefs), enabling (affordability), and need factors (severity of mental illness) were significant predictors of treatment pathways. Practice Implications: Current advocacy and awareness for mental health services in Ghana should consider the predisposing, enabling, and need factors of consumers. Policy initiatives on mental health services should ensure adequate financing mechanisms and further establish collaboration between biomedical and faith-based services.

DOI 10.1111/ppc.12350
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Tony Obrien, Rebecca Mitchell
2019 Badu E, Mensah I, Gyamfi N, Agyei-Okyere E, Eric A, Adusei-Nkrumah J, 'Knowledge and sources of accessing sexual and reproductive health information among visually impaired women in Ghana', BMC Research Notes, 12 (2019)

© 2019 The Author(s). Objective: This study aims to explore the knowledge and sources of accessing sexual and reproductive health services and care information among visually impa... [more]

© 2019 The Author(s). Objective: This study aims to explore the knowledge and sources of accessing sexual and reproductive health services and care information among visually impaired women in Ghana. Qualitative data involving in-depth interviews and focus group discussions were conducted among 21 visually impaired women selected through purposive and snowballing sampling techniques. Thematic Analysis was used to analyse the data. Results: The study showed that visually impaired women were active seekers of SRH information (knowledgeable about SRH information and understand the relevance of accessing such information) and passive recipient of SRH information (through formal and informal sources). However, some contextual factors (lack of family and caregivers support services) created barriers for visually impaired women when accessing SRH information. Government advocacy and awareness campaigns on SRH services should consider both formal and informal sources. Family caregivers and SRH health centres should provide adequate support services for visually impaired women regarding information on SRH service.

DOI 10.1186/s13104-019-4568-6
Citations Scopus - 2
2019 Amissah J, Agyei-Baffour P, Badu E, Agyeman JK, Badu ED, 'The Cost of Managing Occupational Injuries Among Frontline Construction Workers in Ghana', Value in Health Regional Issues, 19 104-111 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 ISPOR¿The professional society for health economics and outcomes research Background: The cost burden of occupational injuries has significant effects on the social well-be... [more]

© 2019 ISPOR¿The professional society for health economics and outcomes research Background: The cost burden of occupational injuries has significant effects on the social well-being of workers. Although there seems to be growing evidence on the cost burden on other public health issues, little is known about occupational injuries, especially in low- to middle-income countries including Ghana. Objective: This study, therefore, sought to estimate the cost burden of managing occupational injuries among frontline construction workers. Methods: A prevalence-based cost of illness approach was used to estimate the cost burden of construction injuries. A structured questionnaire was used to collect cost-related data from 640 frontline construction workers. Descriptive statistics were used to estimate direct and indirect cost of injuries using Microsoft Excel and STATA version 14. Results: Overall, a worker spends an average of GHC 104.84 ($24.52) and GHC 180.89 ($42.31) as direct and indirect costs, respectively. Compared with other injuries, fracture had the highest average cost, GHS 343.33 ($80.30), and concussion and internal injury recorded the lowest cost. Also, compared with other trade specialties, carpenters had the highest average cost burden and laborers had the lowest burden. Conclusion: There is high direct and indirect cost for managing occupational injury among construction workers. Advocacy and awareness about workplace insurance and regulatory policies should adequately be strengthened and prioritized through periodic monitoring and evaluations.

DOI 10.1016/j.vhri.2019.06.002
Citations Scopus - 2
2019 Amissah J, Badu E, Agyei-Baffour P, Nakua EK, Mensah I, 'Predisposing factors influencing occupational injury among frontline building construction workers in Ghana', BMC Research Notes, 12 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s13104-019-4744-8
Citations Scopus - 1
2018 Badu E, Gyamfi N, Opoku MP, Mprah WK, Edusei AK, 'Enablers and barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health services among visually impaired women in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana', REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH MATTERS, 26 51-60 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/09688080.2018.1538849
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
2018 Badu E, O'Brien AP, Mitchell R, 'An integrative review of potential enablers and barriers to accessing mental health services in Ghana', BMC Health Research Policy and System, 16 1-19 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12961-018-0382-1
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Tony Obrien, Rebecca Mitchell
2018 Virendrakumar B, Jolley E, Badu E, Schmidt E, 'Disability inclusive elections in Africa: a systematic review of published and unpublished literature', DISABILITY & SOCIETY, 33 509-538 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/09687599.2018.1431108
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2017 Opoku MP, Alupo BA, Gyamfi N, Odame L, Mprah WK, Torgbenu EL, Badu E, 'The family and disability in Ghana: Highlighting gaps in achieving social inclusion', Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, 29 41-59 (2017) [B1]
DOI 10.5463/DCID.v29i4.666
Citations Scopus - 12
2017 Opoku MP, Agbenyega J, J-F, Mprah WK, Mckenzie J, Badu E, 'Decade of Inclusive Education in Ghana: perspectives of educators', JOURNAL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION, 8 4-20 (2017)
DOI 10.36251/josi.114
Citations Web of Science - 7
2017 Torgbenu EL, Nakua EK, Kyei H, Badu E, Opoku MP, 'Causes, trends and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in Ghana', BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS, 18 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12891-017-1709-8
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2017 Opoku MP, Kwadwo Mprah W, Dogbe JA, Moitui JN, Badu E, 'Access to employment in Kenya: The voices of persons with disabilities', International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 16 77-87 (2017)

© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. Introduction: Unemployment is one of the major challenges facing persons with disabilities worldwide. Persons with disabilities exper... [more]

© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. Introduction: Unemployment is one of the major challenges facing persons with disabilities worldwide. Persons with disabilities experience significantly high rates of unemployment compared with the general population, and are often employed in low-paid jobs. This could indicate a missing link in identifying employment opportunities and impeding factors to the opportunities. This study examined access to employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in the Nairobi County in Kenya. Method: An exploratory study design, using qualitative methods, was conducted with three categories of persons with disabilities: the physically disabled, the visually impaired, and the hearing impaired. A convenient sampling was used to recruit 30 participants from five constituencies in Embakasi in the Nairobi County. Findings: The study found that access to employment for persons with disabilities in the study area was limited. Factors responsible for the high unemployment include inaccessible information on employment, negative attitudes, inaccessible physical environment, low educational attainment of persons with disabilities, and ineffective legislation on employment. Conclusion: The lack of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya suggests that poverty reduction among persons with disabilities will be difficult. Therefore, efforts should be made through implementation of effective policies to remove barriers hindering access to employment for persons with disabilities in Kenya.

DOI 10.1515/ijdhd-2015-0029
Citations Scopus - 4
2017 Opoku MP, Mprah WK, Mckenzie J, Sakah BN, Badu E, 'Lives of persons with disabilities in Cameroon after CRPD: Voices of persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality in Cameroon', International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 16 67-75 (2017)

© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. Introduction: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been touted as a major breakthrough towards achiev... [more]

© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. Introduction: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been touted as a major breakthrough towards achieving equal rights for persons with disabilities. The promulgation of the convention provided clear guidelines for signatory countries to revise their legislation as well as to formulate policies that will take into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities. As Cameroon is a signatory to the convention, it is expected that disability-friendly policies have been implemented to enhance the living conditions of persons with disabilities. This study examined, from the perspectives of participants, the life experiences of persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality 7 years after Cameroon signed the CRPD. Methods: The study adopted a qualitative method, involving focus-group discussions with 36 participants from three disability groups: hearing impaired, visually impaired, and physically impaired. Findings: The study found that persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality faced many challenges in their daily endeavors. These challenges are a result of a lack of inclusive policies, leading to their exclusion from social and economic activities such as education, employment, and healthcare. Conclusion: Although the study is limited in scope, the findings suggest that persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality were yet to benefit from the CRPD. It is, therefore, suggested that the government of Cameroon should formulate inclusive policies to address the numerous challenges facing persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality.

DOI 10.1515/ijdhd-2016-0009
Citations Scopus - 3
2016 Badu E, 'Experiences of parents of children with intellectual disabilities in the Ashanti Region of Ghana', JOURNAL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION, 7 20-30 (2016)
DOI 10.36251/josi.100
Citations Web of Science - 2
2016 Ayensu J, Annan RA, Edusei A, Badu E, 'Impact of maternal weight on pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review', Nutrition and Food Science, 46 542-556 (2016)

© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose: The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy is important for a healthy pregnancy outcome. The increasing pre... [more]

© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose: The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy is important for a healthy pregnancy outcome. The increasing prevalence of maternal overweight and obesity worldwide has become a problem of concern among public health professionals. The purpose of this paper is to review the evidence regarding the impact of maternal weight on pregnancy outcomes to facilitate the provision of evidence-based information to pregnant women during antenatal clinics in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach: A search was conducted in PubMed, PLOS ONE, Cochrane, Embase and bibliographies for all studies on maternal weight and pregnancy outcomes published from January 2000 to May 2013. The key words used for the search were: ¿pre-pregnancy BMI¿, ¿gestational weight gain¿, ¿maternal weight¿, ¿pregnancy outcomes¿ and ¿birth outcomes¿. Findings: The search yielded 113 papers; out of these, 35 studies were included in the review after exclusion of duplicates and irrelevant papers. Excluded papers included animal studies and human studies that did not meet inclusion criteria. Research limitations/implications: The review only considered papers published from 2000 to 2013 and might have left out other important papers published before 2000 and after 2013. Practical implications: The origins of the studies included in the review suggest paucity of studies on maternal weight and pregnancy outcomes in developing countries where there is a double burden of malnutrition. There is the need for more studies to be initiated in this area. Social implications: Results of this review have revealed that the extremes of maternal weight prior to and during pregnancy increase the risk of maternal and fetal complications. Originality/value: This paper provides evidential information on the impact of maternal weight on pregnancy outcomes for counseling during antenatal clinics.

DOI 10.1108/NFS-11-2015-0146
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2016 Opoku MP, Huyser N, Mprah WK, Badu E, Alupo BA, 'Sexual violence against women with disabilities in ghana: Accounts of women with disabilities from Ashanti Region', Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 27 91-111 (2016)

© 2016, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to violence and often at risk of be... [more]

© 2016, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to violence and often at risk of being violated sexually. The study aimed to document the causes and consequences of sexual violence against women with disabilities in Mampong Municipality of Ashanti region in Ghana. Methods: This exploratory study recruited 41 participants, made up of women living with intellectual, visual and hearing disabilities, who were interviewed using convenience and snowball sampling techniques. Results: It was found that many participants had suffered sexual violence and factors such as poverty, rejection by families, isolation and unemployment were given as the cause. It was also found that these women suffered consequences such as unwanted pregnancies, divorce, outright rejection and psychological trauma. Conclusion: The current situation of women with disabilities make it impossible for them to escape sexual violence. Therefore, it is essential that national awareness campaigns be fashioned to encourage people to provide support to their family members with disabilities.

DOI 10.5463/DCID.v27i2.500
Citations Scopus - 4
2016 Badu E, Opoku MP, Appiah SCY, 'Attitudes of health service providers: The perspective of people with disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana.', Afr J Disabil, 5 181 (2016)
DOI 10.4102/ajod.v5i1.181
Citations Web of Science - 9
2015 Mensah SA, Badu E, Opoku MP, 'Towards an inclusive society in Ghana: An analysis of challenges persons with disabilities face in participating in tourism in the Ashanti region', JOURNAL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION, 6 64-76 (2015)
DOI 10.36251/josi.85
2015 Opoku MP, Badu E, Amponteng M, Agyei-Okyere E, 'Inclusive education at the crossroads in ashanti and brong ahafo regions in ghana: Target not achievable by 2015', Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 26 63-78 (2015)

© 2015 Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Inclusive education, widely acknowledged as an alternative method of making education ac... [more]

© 2015 Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Inclusive education, widely acknowledged as an alternative method of making education accessible to children with special needs, has been piloted for 10 years in selected districts of Ghana. This article aims to discuss the feasibility of implementing it throughout the country, by assessing the inclusive education programme piloted in Ghana¿s Ashanti and BrongAhafo regions. Method: One round of in-depth interviews was conducted with 31 participants, to collect data on the issue under study. Participants were officials of Special Education at the national Head Office, District Special Education Coordinators, Resource Teachers, Headmasters and Classroom Teachers of inclusive education. Results: The study findings indicated that the pilot programme did not live up to expectations when faced with challenges such as inaccessible environments, lack of resources, lack of funds, lack of qualified teachers, poor teaching methods and negative attitudes of teachers towards children with disabilities. Conclusion: It is very unrealistic to commence inclusive education programmes unless practical measures are put in place, such as adequate funding from the government and provision of sufficient resources for inclusive schools.

DOI 10.5463/DCID.v26i1.401
Citations Scopus - 19
2015 Badu E, Opoku MP, Appiah SCY, Agyei-Okyere E, 'Financial access to healthcare among persons with disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana', Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 26 47-64 (2015)

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: According to the World Health Organisation, 10% to 15% of the population of every devel... [more]

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: According to the World Health Organisation, 10% to 15% of the population of every developing country lives with disability. This amounts to about 2.4 - 3.6 million Ghanaians with disability. Since their contribution is important for the development of the country, this study aimed to assess the financial access to healthcare among persons with disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana. Methods: A cross-sectional study, involving administration of a semistructured questionnaire, was conducted among persons with all kinds of disabilities (physically challenged, hearing and visually impaired) in the Kumasi Metropolis. Multi-stage sampling was used to randomly select 255 persons with disabilities from 5 clusters of communities-Oforikrom, Subin, Asewase, Tafo and Asokwa. Data analysis involved descriptive and analytical statistics at 95% CI using SPSS software version 20. Results: There were more male than female participants, nearly one-third of them had no formal education and 28.6% were unemployed. The average monthly expenditure on healthcare was GHC 21.46 (USD 6.0) which constituted 9.8% of the respondents¿ income. Factors such as age, gender, disability type, education, employment, and whether or not they stayed with family members had significant bearing on the average monthly expenses on healthcare (p<0.05). Transportation cost, the travel distance to facilities, and the regular sources of payment for healthcare, had significant relationship with access to healthcare (p<0.05). Although about 63.5% of the respondents used the National Health Insurance Scheme as the regular source of payment for healthcare, 94.1% reported that sources of payment did not cover all their expenses and equipment. Conclusion: Financial access to healthcare remains a major challenge for persons with disabilities. Measures to finance all healthcare expenses of persons with disabilities are urgently needed to improve their acc ess to healthcare.

DOI 10.5463/DCID.v26i2.402
Citations Scopus - 6
2015 Opoku MP, Badu E, Moitui JN, 'Towards an inclusive society in cameroon: Understanding the perceptions of students in university of Yaounde II about persons with disabilities', Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 26 92-103 (2015)

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Disability cuts across every society and all spheres of life. For an inclusive society,... [more]

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Disability cuts across every society and all spheres of life. For an inclusive society, it is important to understand people¿s perceptions about persons with disabilities. However, there seems to be limited information, particularly about the perceptions of students who are the generation of future policy-makers. This study examines the perceptions of students in the University of Yaoundé II about persons with disabilities in Cameroon. Methods: A cross sectional study design using quantitative methods was employed with a sample of students at the University of Yaoundé II. A questionnaire was used to gather information from 500 students selected by simple random sampling. The data analysis involved descriptive and inferential statistics at 95% CI. Results: Among the participants, 51.8% were males, 89.2% were single and the average age was 24.9 years. Findings showed that 69.8% did not know about the actual population of persons with disabilities in Cameroon, though 14.6% had relatives with disabilities. None of the students perceived disability as a contagious condition, and 79.8% agreed that education had influenced their perceptions about persons with disabilities. Gender and education level had significant relationship with changes in perception (OR=1.8; p=0.01 and OR=1.91; p=0.04). However, 13.5% were unwilling to work with a person with disability in the future. Conclusion: The findings suggest that issues of disability have not been taken into consideration in Cameroon. Therefore, there is the need for education and sensitisation of the general population towards disability. Additionally, policy-makers should factor persons with disabilities into national strategic plans, in order to ensure an inclusive society.

DOI 10.5463/DCID.v26i2.420
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2015 Edusei AK, Aggrey SM, Badu E, Opoku MP, 'Accessibility and participation of persons with disabilities in tourism: Perspective of tourism workers in the Ashanti region of Ghana', Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 26 97-110 (2015)

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Tourism contributes a great deal to the world¿s economy. However, persons with disabili... [more]

© 2015, Action for Disability Regional Rehabilitation Centre. All rights reserved. Purpose: Tourism contributes a great deal to the world¿s economy. However, persons with disabilities are underrepresented in the industry, particularly in Ghana, due to inaccessible tourism structures and facilities. Accessibility and participation in tourism will enhance social inclusion of persons with disabilities. This study sought to document the nature of access as well as the participation of persons with disabilities in tourism, from the perspective of tourism workers in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Methods: An exploratory study using qualitative methods was conducted among workers at tourist centres in the Ashanti region of Ghana. A total of 21 participants were involved in the study. A voice-recorded interview was used to collect data from respondents. Results were generated through thematic content analysis to develop themes. Results: Findings revealed that the participation of persons with disabilities in tourism is limited due to factors such as the inaccessible tourism environment, the nature of transport services and the language barrier. Suggested provisions were canopy walks, accessible banquets, vehicles, and sign language interpreters at various tourism destinations. Conclusion: Tourism destinations should be made disability friendly through regulations, monitoring and supervision with regard to accessibility, structures and environment.

DOI 10.5463/DCID.v26i3.431
Citations Scopus - 1
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Conference (1 outputs)

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2018 Amissah J, Agyei-Baffour P, Badu E, Nakua EK, 'THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURY AMONG FRONTLINE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN GHANA', VALUE IN HEALTH (2018)
DOI 10.1016/j.jval.2018.09.1883
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $3,100

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20201 grants / $600

Conference Scholarship – Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association$600

Conference Scholarship – Australian and New Zealand Mental Health
Association

Funding body: Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Funding body Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
Scheme Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
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Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
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Type Of Funding External
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20181 grants / $2,500

Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB) Small Grants $2,500

Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB) small grant

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
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Eric Badu

Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
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Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
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Type Of Funding Internal
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Research Projects

Eye Health Systems Assessment (EHSA) in Senegal 2015 - 2018

The overall aim of this study was to assess the eye health system in Senegal, to identify its key weaknesses and strengths and to inform future planning of eye care services integrated into the broader health system. The specific objectives of the study were:  1. To understand how the health system operates at different administrative levels; 2. To document the key structures involved in the delivery of eye health services; 3. To analyse the links between the eye health system and the general health system;  4. To identify potential health system strengthening interventions


Eye Health Systems Assessment in Mali (EHSA) 2015 - 2017

The overall aim was to describe the eye health system in Mali, assess its relative strengths and weaknesses and explore its interconnections with the general health system in order to make recommendations to inform the design of the new Eye Health Strategic Plan.


Ghana Disability Data Disaggregation Pilot Project: Results of Integrating Disability in to Routine Data Collection Systems 2016 - 2018

A pilot project in Ghana was established to understand how data may be collected in a system where community members were responsible for delivering interventions and collecting data on intervention uptake. It was anticipated that the pilot, which tested collecting disability data within a Neglected tropical Disease (NTD) programme, will help to refine the analysis of data, strengthen local Health Information Management Systems (HMIS) and improve programme quality not only in Ghana but in the West Africa region and beyond


The Quality of Mental Health Services in Ghana - Providers and Consumers Perspectives 2018 - 2021

The study aims to measure the quality of mental health services provided to consumers in Ghana. Specifically, the study intends to measure the satisfaction of consumers; assess the efficacy of mental health services; the influence of individual factors (socio-demographic information, need factors, attitudes and beliefs) on consumers’ satisfaction; the functioning (physical, social, mental and emotional) and further explore providers and consumers expectation towards the recovery journey. Using a mixed methods approach, questionnaires will be administered to 300 consumers, 15 in-depth interviews with consumers and 20 in-depth interviews with mental health professionals. The evidence is anticipated to inform policymakers to formulate clinical policies, planning, monitoring and evaluation of mental health services that incorporate the perspective of providers and consumers.


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Mr Eric Badu

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