Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey

Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey is an activist writer, a leader and a public health physician. With over a decade long engagement with the Ghanaian media, he has written numerous stirring pieces spanning health, politics and challenging social themes. His articles, often crafted in an engaging and distinctive style, have variously been described as creative, affirmatively disruptive and thought provoking. He is widely published on line and in numerous newspapers including the Graphic, Ghana’s leading national daily. With a distinguished leadership track record, his knack for innovation and generating creative strategies to meet emerging challenges has been amply demonstrated. He has recently stepped down as Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association. Sodzi is a passionate advocate for mutually enhancing partnerships, regardless of age or gender and values learning from and celebrating what works as a means of driving change across Africa and bridging the development gap. With experience in frontline district medical practice and a post graduate qualification in Public Health, Sodzi has a special interest in health policy analysis and health systems strengthening. He currently leads Projects Fives Alive!, a partnership between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Catholic Health Service to reduce under five deaths through quality improvement methods. He currently lives with his family in Accra.

Sep 282014
 
Why I prefer kiosk villa!

Dear Bernard, It was a real pleasure listening to you, Skyy et al on the Citi Breakfast Show the other day. You were simultaneously insightful and hilarious. You became the voice of the voiceless consumer, questioning why prices almost never reduce in forward marching Ghana. Using the recent appreciation of the cedi against major currencies as an example, you literally Read More

Sep 282014
 
UHAS starts medical school

The University of Health & Allied Sciences (UHAS) is starting its medical degree programme in the 2014 academic year. This was announced by Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Chairman of Council, during the swearing in of the first fully constituted Council of the University by the Honorable Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyeman in Ho this week. In a follow up interview, Read More

Sep 282014
 
Did President Mahama Waste Saliva on Auditor General’s Report?

The Chronicle is yet to be convinced as to whether President Mahama would be dedicated enough to keep vigil to ensure that the Attorney-General truly carries ought the assignment he has given her, otherwise, he may have wasted his saliva. Ghanaian Chronicle July 2013. In modern day Ghana, at least three things are predictable every year: multiple fire outbreaks in Read More

Sep 282014
 
Man like Shatta Wale!

“Shatta Wale is down to earth. Shatta Wale inspires the people on the streets. Shatta Wale is not the so ‘I’m self-made’ type and all that, and he speaks his mind. He’s not afraid of anything; he is very confident.” –Mzbel, Ghanaian musician. The Afro locks, rugged looks, trademark shades, sneer at the corner of the lips, audacious bling, the Read More

Sep 282014
 
Is NPP Really Your Alternate Government?

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is clearly in a bind, but is the New Patriotic Party (NPP) a viable alternative? Recent happenings in the run up to the party’s primaries seriously challenge this assertion! The center of the party is not holding. With a rapidly depreciating cedi, indecisive fiscal policies from the Bank of Ghana, public sector wages pegged Read More

Aug 172014
 
P.V. Obeng; also dead, no book written!

To my mind, the sudden demise of the highly respected Paul Victor Obeng under somewhat tragic circumstances has been made worse by his failure to document his rich political reflections in a personal narrative. Look at the man this way – once considered the defacto Prime Minister of this country spanning a politically turbulent ten year period; a three time Read More

Aug 102014
 
Catholic Health Service Adopts Procurement System - to address cost and quality

What would you do –if you were the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), spending a sizable chunk of your reimbursements on ever rising medicines’ costs in an era of scarce resources?   The National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) does have a story to share, having successfully reduced the rising cost of medicines procured for its hospitals and clinics by 25%. Read More

Aug 102014
 
Between Ebola and Cassava Flakes

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is hardly an ideal time for residents in the region to embark on foreign travel. As it turns out, the Americans, many millions of miles away from the action point, are even more paranoid. The decision to fly two infected Americans home from Liberia while treating them with experimental drugs is Read More

Jul 272014
 
Hardships, Sacrifice, Self-Reliance and Leadership

If as the Al-Hajj newspaper alleges, the severe reduction in donor inflows to augment our national budget is predicated on government’s pronouncement of a home grown economic strategy, then the government has failed to excel in two main respects. Firstly, the government has failed to coherently articulate the details of this home grown economic strategy to the understanding and appreciation Read More

Apr 112014
 
Tackling the threat of Ebola Virus Disease

Over the past decade, various outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus disease have been recorded with three countries appearing to be at greatest risk – Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Sudan. Among these, the most fatal happened in 2011, 2005 and 2003, with 100%, 83% and 83% case fatality rates (CFR) respectively. Public health physicians rely on case fatality Read More