New Community Liaison Officer in Ghana

Posted 5th October 2021 by Linda Aboagye

I am excited to be joining Target Malaria’s Stakeholder Engagement team in Ghana as a Community Liaison Officer. In this role, I will be supporting the local Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer, the in-country team as well as teams from the University of Oxford and Keele University whom we collaborate with.

I have extensive experience working on community and broader stakeholder engagement and am looking forward to applying my expertise to the field of malaria control through my work for the project. After pursuing a Higher National Diploma in Secretaryship & Management studies from Accra Technical University in Ghana, I worked with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and played an active role in communities during re-registration exercises. I was also a member of the community engagement team and participated in all community entry processes for my team prior to engagement. 

I later worked with the National Identification Authority (NIA), where, in addition to my core duties I was a member of the stakeholder engagement team. We worked to carry out information sessions with stakeholders before all registration activities. We also supported and managed grievance processes.

My ability to speak Ewe in addition to English is a key attribute for my position as Community Liaison Officer. I come from a community very close to Mafi Agorve, one of the sites where Target Malaria works in Ghana, and I am glad to be able to facilitate engagement activities for the project through my knowledge of the local dialect, Tongu.

I am passionate about working with different people and therefore excited to be working at the community level with the project. I hope that my work in stakeholder and community engagement will enable local communities to be well informed about the scientific research carried out by the project and its potential impacts and benefits.

In my day-to-day, I strive to do my part to help those who are less fortunate. I have joined hands with a group of dedicated friends to support deprived communities through our own foundation. I have also set aside my birthday as an annual occasion to support the disadvantaged. Last July, I donated some items to the Horizon Foundation for the Blind, in Ho, the regional capital of the Volta Region, where our two project communities are situated.

When I am not working or engaged in charity projects, I like to help others de-stress through massage therapy. I am a trained massage therapist and I enjoy helping others experience wellness of body and mind through my sessions.