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[Perspectives] Irene Agyepong: building capacity in Ghana’s public health system

As a lead author of the Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa, Irene Agyepong’s ambition is to make a lasting contribution to health in Africa. “One of my driving passions is building health policy and systems research, policy, and practice capacity in west Africa. To conduct research, to advance research evidence and decision making, and ultimately to improve outcomes”, she says. “I am really interested in transformation and health outcomes, and human development in sub-Saharan Africa.