Dr. Linda A. Vanotoo

Position: Country Director

Agency: Accelerator Ghana

Dr. Linda A. Vanotoo is a medical doctor with PhD in Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians. She holds degrees in Master of Tropical Paediatrics, Executive Masters in Business Administration and certificate in Applied Epidemiology.  She is a former Deputy Director (PH) for Western Region and Regional Director of Health Service for Western and Greater Accra regions. She has led planning, budgeting, data, financial and human resource management, implementation, monitoring, assessment of national interventions and supervision of all health activities at the district and regional levels. She introduced the Pregnancy School concept and wrote a book “The Pregnancy School: communicating with pregnant women and their families” which has been used to guide the setup, implementation and monitoring of pregnancy schools throughout Ghana. Dr. Linda A. Vanotoo is the Country Director for Accelerator Ghana team that works alongside the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, HeFRA and NHIA to strengthen health systems to facilitate achievement of Ghana’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda. Dr. Linda Vanotoo and her team supported the successful scale up – including development, roll-out and monitoring – of Ghana’s Primary Care Provider Networks (PCPN) and they are currently supporting the development of the Networks of Practice (NoPs), both activities designed to improve accessibility and quality of care throughout the country. She and her team are working with the Health Facility Regulatory Authority (HeFRA) to improve efficiency in their regulatory functions. Dr. Vanotoo and her team have also played a crucial role in Ghana’s COVID-19 response by providing technical expertise and administrative support to the Presidential Coordinator for COVID-19’s office, audio-visual equipment to enhance MoH engagement with stakeholders. They have provided technical and resource support for DHIMS data management and COVID 19 data management.