Miss Mercy Adomaa Besseah is a Population Officer and head of the National Population Council for the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Her main competencies are the ability to plan, organize and manage workload. She is committed to the development of NPC and clearly communicates decisions.
The ability to manage others to achieve common goals and the ability to accept challenges and accomplish them with confidence and also she is able to network across different levels and sectors.
As the regional head, she has instituted an annual programme between NPC and KNUST-SPH (School of Public Health) where key population related issues are discussed within the context of NPC’s mandate. This programme also serves as an avenue to bridge the academia-industry gap.
With support from the queen mothers association of Ashanti region, she encourages comprehensive sexuality education through condom promotion and distribution by using community peer educators.
A key partner of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) at the regional level in facilitating, coordinating and monitoring surveys and censes such as Maternal Health Survey and Ghana Census of Agriculture.
In order to realize the vision of NPC, she has established quarterly meetings and training sections for some women’s group such as Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) and Federation of Muslim Women Association of Ghana (FOMWAG) in Family Planning and alternative source of livelihood. At such meetings the women are taught some income generating skills such as soap making, mushroom farming, cosmetic and many others.