Yale schools and faculty have been extremely successful in forging partnerships with Ghanaian universities and institutions. The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute has worked with delegations from Ghana since its inception on the issue of mental health. The Yale School of Medicine works with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana to investigate infectious diseases and foster more effective evidence-based health policy. The Yale School of Medicine signed an agreement with Ghana Health Service to establish the Ghana-Yale Partnerships for Global Health, which will allow the provision of expertise, operational research, and consultation to the GHS in a range of issues initially focused on HIV, malaria, and other parasitic diseases.
Yale also became a partner institution of a global consortium announced by President John Dramani Mahama that will fulfill his pledge to eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Ghana. Under the initiative, Yale faculty experts will engage in collaborative research, education, and training to support care providers and public health officers.
Though the partnerships are strong in medicine and public health, they span to other fields. For example, Yale’s Economic Growth Center has partnered with the University of Ghana’s Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research to conduct the first long-term longitudinal socio-economic survey in West Africa. Yale Professors are also working with the University of Ghana faculty to establish the Ghana Research Cluster, a national initiative that works with collaborators from four universities and research institutes in Ghana to evaluate development interventions in the country.
Yale alumni have also increased engagement with and in Ghana. The Yale Alumni Service Corps began volunteering there in 2012; two years the Yale Percussion Group and Yale Concert Band traveled to the region to perform, research Ghanaian drumming masters, and engage in service projects. The Yale Club of Ghana was officially established in 2014 after two years of organizing events and programs, the Yale Green Ghana campaign, which was launched under the theme, ‘Recycling, a shared responsibility for environmental sustainability.’