Dr. William Adu-Krow, a
Ghanaian national is now the new PAHO/WHO Representative for the Guyana Country
Office. Dr. Adu-Krow speaks three (3) languages, Akan, English Language and has a basic
knowledge of Spanish.
His impressive academic
career started in 1975, where he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Human
Biology at the University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Science,
Kumasi, Ghana. During the period
1978-1983, Dr Adu-Krow went on to pursue a M.B.Ch.B, Doctor of medicine: Family
Practice degree , from the same University and later successfully completed a Masters
of Public Health degree, with focus on Maternal and Child Health/Program
management, in 1987-1988, from the Columbia University School of Public Health,
New York, U.S.A. Dr. Adu-Krow decided to
take one year study leave before continuing on to complete a Doctor of Public
Health degree, major Sociomedical Science and Survey Research in 1993, from the
Centre for Populations and Family Health, Columbia University School of Public
Health, New York, U.S.A. He finally decided to end the long road of formal studies
when he completed the certificate programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health
with a concentration on human sexuality and AIDS in 1990, through a joint
collaboration between the John Hopkins University and the University of the West
Indies Distance Education, Cave Hill, Barbados.
Dr. William Adu-Krow
has been an employee of PAHO/WHO for over ten (10) years working with the
organization since 1994. His areas of expertise are HIV/AIDS, Maternal and
Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health. His impressive career began in
1983 where he held the position of District Medical Officer of Health at the
Ejisu-Juaben-Bosomtwe District, Ministry of Health, Ghana. In 1988, he functioned as Graduate Research
Officer, in the division of Maternal and Child Health, Center for Population
and Family Health and the Division of Sociomedical science at the Columbia
University School of Public Health in New York. He went on to become the Medical Officer of
Health, Ministry of Health, Barbados, and worked in that capacity from 1989 to
1993. Dr. Adu-Krow, was also a Research
Associate in 1993 to 1994 at the New York Urban League, Northern Manhattan
Perinatal Partnership. In 1994 Dr. Adu-Krow’s career took another leap forward
when he joined the PAHO/WHO Organization as a Director for Research and Development,
and also functioned as Program Director, HIV Early Intervention Services from
1994 to 2001 and from 1997 to 2001 respectively.
Dr. Adu-Krow worked as
a technical officer in PAHO/WHO while simultaneously sharing his knowledge and
experiences with students of Columbia University as a pro bono lecturer for Post-grad
interns in the Bachelor of medicine programme in the Caribbean. Dr. Adu-Krow moved on to function as his work
experience continued in 2001 to 2007 as a Sub-Regional Advisor for Family and Reproductive
Health in 2001 to 2007 and later became the Regional Advisor for Gender, Health
and Development, under our present PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, the then
Assistant Director of PAHO.
Dr. Adu-Krow became the Country Liaison
Officer, in the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Region of Manila,
Philippines in 2008 to 2010 before becoming WHO Representative in Papua New
Guinea during the period 2010 to 2014.
On Monday 17 February, 2014,
Dr. William Adu-Krow, presented his Letters of Credence to Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister
of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Adu-Krow is a man
of great diplomacy and has brought to the PAHO/WHO Guyana country office a
wealth of knowledge and experience in public health, which undoubtedly will be
used to boost the general functioning of the country office and strengthen international
cooperation initiatives with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in
health in Guyana.