Climate Commissioner Undertakes Public Health Research in Ghana

Dr. Mary Hayden, center with hat, with school children in Navrongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana. (All photos courtesy Dr. Hayden)

Dr. Mary Hayden, a member of the Joint Center’s Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, recently traveled to northern Ghana where she joined a team that undertook a household-level survey of 400 houses to investigate the socio-economic determinants of meningitis transmission.

Dr. Hayden, who is a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, a Guest Researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaborated with Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana.

Dr. Hayden, center left, and her team conducting an interview with a mother whose 5-month-old baby was just released from the hospital having suffered with meningitis.

The research team gathers under a baobab tree to interview the caregiver of a 15-year-old who contracted meningitis.

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