Dr. Richmond Nii Okai Aryeetey

Richmond Aryeetey is a public Health nutrition scientist with interest in infant and young child feeding as well as food systems and how they interact with other environmental and policy determinants of dietary intake and NCDs in urban populations. Other relevant areas of research include physical activity environments and the factors that motivates people to engage in physical activity. Richmond’s previous research activities include mapping of various food and physical activity environments including school food environments, as well as food available in health care facility settings. Richmond has worked with the University of Ghana since 2007 when he joined the School of Public Health. He is currently leading a multi-site project with Yale University that is mapping determinants of scaling up national breastfeeding program implementation. He is also a co-chair of the Evidence-Informed Decision-making in Nutrition and Health Network championing the use of evidence for Decision making in Nutrition program Scale up.

Dr Richmond Aryeetey has worked in Ghana as a researcher in maternal and child health for the last 13 years. His expertise spans Primary research skills, Formative research, and Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Facilitation. In the last 5 years, he has evaluated programs for Plan Ghana, Ghana Health Services, PATH, and UNICEF. He worked collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team which tested and has reported the positive impact of microfinance with education on mothers’ income generation and health seeking across the three main ecological zones of Ghana. Dr Aryeetey’s current research projects include mapping of social determinants of sub-optimal use of pregnancy and delivery interventions by women in urban Accra, food insecurity of HIV-infected adults, and piloting of eHealth applications in the context of health research capacity building. 

Research Interests

  • Ecological and household level support for improving infant and young child feeding
  • Community-based interventions for food and nutrition security
  • Ecological determinants of overweight and nutrition-related NCDs
  • Physical activity & nutritional status assessments across the life-cycle

Selected Publications

  • Aryeetey R, Boateng L, Sackey D. State of dietetics practice in Ghana: A nation-wide situational analysis. Ghana Medical Journal 2014. 48 (4):219-224.
  • Aikins M, Aryeetey R, Dako-Gyeke, P & Adongo PB (2014). Socio-economic differences in cost of pregnancy-related health services in the peri-urban Accra, Ghana. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093. http://jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/
  • Sandra Gyampoh, Gloria Ethel Otoo, Richmond Nii Aryeetey. Child feeding knowledge and practices among women participating in growth monitoring and promotion in Accra, Ghana. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 05/2014; 14(1):180. 
  • Reginald Ocansey, Richmond Aryeetey, Seidu Sofo, Margaret Badasu Delali, Prince Pambo, and Vida Korleki Nyawornota.   Results From Ghana’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical activity and Health 2014, 11(Supp 1), S58-S62
  • Laar A and Aryeetey R. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Low-Resource Communities: Case Studies from Ghana, West Africa. InNatalie Stein, Public Health Nutrition: Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health, 2014. Jones and Bartlett Learning
  • Aikins M, Aryeetey R, et al. Socio-economic differences in cost of pregnancy-related health services in the peri-urban Accra, Ghana. Journal of Public Health Advance, 2014.doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdu072
  • Gongwer C and Aryeetey R. IMPLEMENTING NUTRITION INTERVENTIONS IN GHANA AT DISTRICT LEVEL: GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Accepted for publication. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (2014).
  • Nyawornota VK, Aryeetey R, Bosomprah S. Aikins M. An exploratory study of Physical activity and overweight in two senior high schools in the Accra Metropolis. Ghana Medical Journal, 2013; 47(4): 197-203.
  • Dako-Gyeke P, Aikins M, Aryeetey R, McGough L, Adongo PB. The influence of socio-cultural interpretations of pregnancy threats on health-seeking behavior among pregnant women in urban Accra, Ghana. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2013, 13:211
  • Aryeetey RNO and Antwi CL. Re-assessment of selected Baby-Friendly maternity facilities in Accra, Ghana. Int Breastfeed J. 2013, 8 (1):15.
  • Modey E, Aryeetey R, Adanu RM. Contraceptive discontinuation and switching among Ghanaian women: Evidence from the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey, 2008. Accepted for publication in the African Journal of Reproductive Health (2013).
  • Jimenez-Castellanos A, Ramirez-Robles M, Shousha A, Bagayoko CO, Perrin C, Zolfo M, Cuzin A, Roland A, Aryeetey R, Maojo V. Enhancing Research Capacity of African Institutions through Social Networking. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:1099.
  • Aryeetey R and Goh YE. Duration of Exclusive Breastfeeding and Subsequent Child feeding Adequacy. Ghana Medical Journal. 2013; 47(1): 24-29.
  • Hagan L, Aryeetey R, Colecraft EK, Marquis GS, Nti AC, Danquah AO. Microfinance with Education in Rural Ghana: Men’s Perception of Household Level Impact. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 2012; 12 (1):5776-5788.
  • Ahiadeke C, Ackah C, Aryeetey R, Acquah A. Factors influencing the use of adequately iodated salt in Ghana. African Journal of Food Science. 2012; 6(3):58-64.
  • Micah EB, Colecraft EK, Lartey A, Aryeetey R, Marquis GS. Street Foods Contribute to Nutrient Intakes among Children from Rural Communities in Winneba and Techiman Municipalities, Ghana. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 2012; 12 (1):5789-5801.
  • Aryeetey R and Ansong J. Overweight and hypertension among college of health sciences employees in Ghana. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 2011. 11(6): 5444-5456.
  • Aryeetey R, Ashinyo A and Adjuik M. Age of Menarche among basic level School Girls in Madina, Accra. African Journal of Reproductive Health. 2011; 15(3): 113-121.
  • Aryeetey R. Environmental Barriers to Outdoor Physical Activity in East Legon: A qualitative street audit. Ghana Physical Educ Sport J. 2011;2(2):42-50.
  • Aryeetey R, Kotoh A and Hindin M. Knowledge, Perceptions and Ever Use of Modern Contraception among Women in the Ga East District, Ghana. African Journal of Reproductive Health 2010; 14 (4): 27-32
  • Aryeetey R, GS Marquis, L Timms, L Brakohiapa, A Lartey. Subclinical mastitis may not reduce infant breast milk intake in established lactation. Breastfeeding Medicine 2009, 4(3): 161-166
  • Aryeetey R, GS Marquis, L Timms, A Lartey, L Brakohiapa. Subclinical mastitis is common among Ghanaian women lactating at 3 to 4 months postpartum. Journal of Human Lactation 2008; 24(3):263-7.
  • Colecraft E, Marquis GS, Aryeetey R, Sakyi-Dawson O, Lartey A, Ahunu B, Canacoo E, Butler LM, Reddy MB, Jensen HH and Huff-Lonergan E. Constraints on the use of animal source foods for young children in Ghana: A participatory rapid appraisal approach. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 2006; 45:351-377.

Book Chapter

Laar A and Aryeetey R. Nutrition of Women and Children: Focus on Ghana and HIV/AIDS. In Stein N. Public Health Nutrition: Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health. Burlington, Massachusetts. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2014.