Keynote: Jemima Dennis-Antwi

Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi is a Registered Nurse, a Midwife, and a Public Health Nurse. She is a Fellow of the West Africa College of Nursing and a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM). She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Sociology from De Montfort University –Leicester, UK where she also held an Honorary Senior Research Fellow position for the period 2007-2015.

Over the last 29 years she has been involved locally and internationally with public and professional services, projects and programmes development, capacity building, research, health promotion, learning materials development work and consultancies in the health sector. Dr Dennis-Antwi has worked in various managerial positions in the Public sector and with Development Partners such as the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Population Council- Ghana and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).

Dr Dennis-Antwi provided technical assistance in midwifery education, regulation and association strengthening to 10 African countries namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia, as well as Guyana in Latin America. She has also had the opportunity to collaborate with local and international Academic Institutions towards nursing and midwifery strengthening through systems development and academic research. Generally, she has had professional geographic experience in over 40 countries globally, presented at several international conferences in various capacities and served on local and international Boards or Councils of health related organisations.

Dr Dennis-Antwi is currently the first President of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives charged with establishing a new Fellowship College for Specialisations and member of its Governing Council; Anglophone Africa Regional Board Member for ICM, and an International Consultant in health development and research.

Her current research efforts include Sickle Cell Disease Genomics, Preceptorship in Nursing and Midwifery, and Evaluation of the Paediatric Nursing Education Programme (GCNM/Sick-Kids, Canada). She has published papers and books to her credit.