1. bookVolume 20 (2020): Issue 2 (December 2020)
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15 Jun 2014
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Public Health Policies in the Akyem Abuakwa of Ghana (1850-1957)

Published Online: 05 Oct 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 20 (2020) - Issue 2 (December 2020)
Page range: 129 - 157
Journal Details
First Published
15 Jun 2014
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

Akyem Abuakwa is one of the largest states of the Akan ethnic group in Ghana. Notwithstanding its size and important contribution to Ghana’s development, historians have paid little attention in doing academic research on the health history of the people. Using a qualitative method of research, this paper does a historical study on public health policies in Akyem Abuakwa from the 1850s to 1957. We utilised documentary and non-documentary sources to discuss the various public health policies implemented in Akyem Abuakwa from the pre-colonial era to the colonial era. We examined the impact of the policies on the people of Akyem Abuakwa and the various challenges faced by the British colonial administration in their quest to implement public health policies.


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