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Emmanuel Asampong is a clinical psychologist and lecturer at the School of Public Health in the University of Ghana. In the 2008-2009 academic year, he was a visiting scholar in the African Studies Program in Indiana University. His recent coauthored publication was on children orphaned by HIV and AIDS in Ghana. He is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation, which looks at mental-health issues inherent in HIV infection and affection. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Karin Van Bemmel studied cultural anthropology and clinical psychology at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Studies in African Humanities, University of Ghent, focusing on local discourses and the conceptualization of Nodding Syndrome in northern Uganda. She may be contacted by e-mail at

Mohammed H. A. Bolaji is a lecturer, a coordinator of research/project works, and the acting vice-dean at the newly established School of Business and Law, University for Development Studies, Ghana. He received his Ph.D., with a dissertation on ethnic and religious conflicts in Nigeria, at the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Keele University, United Kingdom. His research interests include ethnicity and nationalism; postcolonial state formation and politics in Africa; religion and politics; state-society relations; and conflict prevention, management, and resolution. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Emmanuel Debrah is a senior lecturer and chair of the department of political science at the University of Ghana, Legon. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Ghana in 2005. He has published numerous journal articles on political parties, elections, decentralization, and local government in Ghana. He is currently completing a manuscript on internal party democracy among some Ghanaian political parties. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Julius N. Fobil is a senior research fellow and the head of the biological, environmental, and occupational health department of the School of Public Health in the University of Ghana. He received his Dr.Ph. in Germany. As an environmental epidemiologist, he has several publications. He recently submitted a manuscript that looked at environmental electronic waste. He is a fellow of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany. He may be contacted by e-mail at [End Page 152]

Jennifer A. Harrison is a nurse and recently obained an M.Phil. degree in the department of public administration and health services management, University of Ghana Business School. She may be contacted by e-mail at

Amtush Shakoor Karim was engaged as a lecturer at the department of biostatistics in the School of Public Health in the University of Ghana after graduating from the University of Chicago at Illinois. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington. She may be contacted by e-mail at

Maurice B. Mittelmark is professor of health promotion and head of the department of health promotion and development at the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. He received his Ph.D. in social and community psychology in 1978 and has held academic posts at the University of Minnesota and Wake Forest University in the United States. He heads a research group focused on the health and functioning of women and children in the global south, especially in deprived rural settings, which has published studies undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, India, the Philippines, Peru, and territorial Canada. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Kwabena Opoku-Mensah is a research fellow at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. Before joining the School of Public Health, he was a project officer of the Ghana Malaria Project, which used community mobilization to control malaria. He is currently collecting data for his Ph.D. looking at adolescent resilience to pregnancy. He may be contacted by e-mail at

Ruth M. Stone is the Laura Boulton professor of ethnomusicology and African studies and associate vice provost of research at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her...


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