A Doctor for the People: Memoirs of a Village Doctor in a Forgotten District


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This book is not just about experiences of a medical officer in a rural district of Ghana but provides useful insight into the life and character of Dr Anthony Ofosu and what drives him in his work as a public health physician. In a profession where many people will shy away from working in remote and deprived districts of the country, Dr Ofosu has provided useful insights through his pioneering work in a remote district, for young and upcoming medical and other practitioners to emulate. The ingredients for such successful transition from an urban to a rural setting have been highlighted, including overall vision of his profession, commitment to his God, openness to suggestions, supportive superiors and above all understanding family support.

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Anthony Adofo Ofosu

Anthony Ofosu is a public health physician from Ghana West Africa. with interest in delivering health care to remote rural communities and using information communication technology to address service bottlenecks.

He attended the University of Ghana Medical School and University of Ghana School of Public Health, where he obtained his medical degree and master’s in public health degree respectively. He was a Population and Leadership Fellow at the University of Washington Seattle from 2001-2002. He holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians.

He has co-authored and published peer reviewed articles on utilization of health care by rural communities and the brain drain of physicians from West Africa among others. He has worked as a district doctor working in a district Hospital and he has also worked as a District Director of Health Services in two rural districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region in Ghana. He is currently the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service.

He is married with four children. He is bible believing charismatic Christian who worships with the International Central Gospel Church in Ghana.

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