Research and Development Unit

Dr. Kwadwo Sarbeng

Head of Unit


The mandate of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as provided by Act 525 is to provide:

  • Advanced clinical care
  • Training, and
  • Research

In fulfillment of the hospital’s mandate to conduct research, Research and Development Unit (RDU) was established in 2006


To develop a focused Research and Development strategy which prioritizes support for Research and Development in those areas which are consistent with the development of clinical and non-clinical services:


The R&D Unit was set up with the mandate to:

  • Develop and sustain the research capacity of the hospital.
  • Coordinate and monitor research activities going on in the hospital.
  • Provide evidence-based knowledge that will contribute to the improvement of clinical and non-clinical services at KATH.
  • Promote critical review and publication of research work.
  • Attract research partnerships to KATH.


As of August 2018, the total staff strength of the Research and Development Unit was seven with the Medical Director having an oversight responsibility of the Unit.  Dr. Kwadwo Sarbeng, profile below, is current head of the unit.


KATH is committed to supporting high quality research across all directorates and units.  Research and development is regarded as integral to the provision of high quality evidence-based care.  Further information on this process is available from the R&D Unit.

 The process described below is to be followed if the research to be conducted meets any one or more of the following:

  1. The research will be conducted at KATH
  2. The researcher is a KATH employee (full or part-time)
  3. The researcher will in any way cite KATH before/during/after completion of the research
  1. Every research to be conducted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana, requires KATH R&D registration, and an approval from the joint institutional review board of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)/the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology School of Medical Sciences (KNUST-SMS) committee as detailed below.
  2. The investigator shall contact the R&D Unit to register his/her proposed study by completing an Application Form at the hospital’s website,, under the Research & Development Unit section. To register your research protocol with KATH R&D Unit       click on the arrow to register >>>>>>>
  3. The investigator, following submission of the application form, waits for a confirmatory submission email from KATH R&D, prints it, and then uploads an electronic copy of the research proposal/protocol at The protocol should be detailed according to the prescription of KATH R&D; please see item G below. It is critically important to note that ALL research studies to be conducted at KATH must have a Ghanaian collaborator (preferably a KATH employee) as a PI or co-PI in the respective directorate/unit where the study is to be conducted.
  4. The investigator then submits the printed confirmatory email to the Cash Office of KATH Main Accounts, collects payment voucher in return and make a non-refundable registration processing fee, detailed below as appropriate, at any of the authorized KATH banks and collect official receipt; the official receipt number will be quoted on the R&D certificate of registration.
  5. The investigator submits one bound signed printed/hardcopy of the proposal, print-out of the confirmatory email and the KATH’s official receipt of payment of the registration processing fee to R&D for processing.
  6. The R&D unit shall review all the pieces of information submitted to the unit including the research proposal for technical details and practical feasibility in the hospital, shall record it into a database and submits the proposal to the head of directorate(s)/unit(s) for comments/expression of any concerns.
  7.  The investigator will be notified within one week of application on progress of application.
  8. If, however the HOD(s) have concerns, the R&D Unit shall mediate by facilitating a discussion between the researcher and the HOD(s). Following resolution, the researcher will be notified and may now re-visit the R&D Unit to pick up his/her certificate. If, however resolution is not achieved, the research cannot be conducted at KATH.
  9. Based on accepted ethical standards[1], the R&D unit shall determine if the researcher requires ethical clearance or otherwise to conduct the study.
  10. If on the other hand, it is determined that the researcher requires ethical clearance the researcher will be required to make the requisite submissions to the Committee on Human Research, Publications and Ethics (CHRPE) along with a copy of the registration certificate. For research as described in points a-c above, the CHRPE is expected not to accept submissions that do not have an attached registration certificate from KATH R&D Unit.
  11. After following the process laid down by the CHRPE, if ethical clearance is not granted, the research cannot take place at KATH.
  12. However, if clearance is granted, the researcher shall contact R&D Unit and provide copies of all regulatory approvals including CHRPE to the unit.
  13. The R&D Unit, based on the regulatory approval (s) received from the investigator, shall write to the relevant HOD(s) for a date to commence the work. Official notification of commencement date shall be by either minutes on the ethical clearance letter, a memo or a letter.
  14. Once the research is approved, the researcher is required to abide by the guidelines in this document as well as any specific directives that may have come from the CHRPE, R&D Unit or KATH’s management.


[1] A study shall require ethical clearance before commencement if personal data (information about living people which in isolation or in combination with other data which may be available, may lead to the identification of the patient) is to be collected and/or the study requires that results or conclusions of the study are intended to be extended beyond a single individual or an internal program. E.g. activities where there is an intent to publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal or to present at a regional or national meeting, as well as, theses or dissertation projects conducted to meet the requirements of a graduate degree.


If you require further information or assistance you may contact the R&D unit on phone at:

+233 3220 22301-4 Ext.2112 or direct line at 233 322 000 617