• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr Akompab Derick Akoku is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health, University of Washington; and the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and Head of Goma Sub-Office for the USAID/DRC Mission Strategic Support Program (MSSP). He supports the Chief of Party (COP), acts for the COP as needed, and supports all technical, financial management and administration of the program.

Prior to joining the MSSP, he was the Director of Strategic Information (Monitoring, Evaluation and Research) for Health Alliance International, Cote d’Ivoire for an HIV/AIDS project funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He received his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Buea, Cameroon; Master of Public Health degree from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Public Health from the University of Adelaide, Australia. His current research interests focus on using experimental and quasi-experimental designs to evaluate global health and international development interventions.

Country Affiliations 
  • English
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Mental Health
  • Operations Research
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Research
  • TB
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Akoku DA, Tihnje M, Vukugah T, Tarkang E, Mbu R. Association between Male Customer Sexual Harassment and Depressive Symptoms among Female Bar Workers in Yaounde, Cameroon: a cross-sectional study. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2019, 7(2), 14-20 doi: 10.12691/ajphr-7-2-2

Akoku DA, Tihnje M, Tarh E, Tarkang E, Mbu R: The HIV Epidemic and Cognitive Psychology: Negative Affect and Associative Imagery of HIV/AIDS among young adults in Cameroon. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2019; 7(1):14-20. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-7-1-3

Akoku DA, Tihnje M, Tarh E, Tarkang E, Mbu R: Predictors of willingness to accept premarital HIV testing and intention to sero-sort future marital partners; risk and consequences: Findings from a population-based study in Cameroon. PLoS ONE 2018, 13(12): e0208890. https://doi.org/0208810.0201371/journal.pone.0208890.

Akoku DA, Bi P, Williams S, Saniotis A, Walker IA, Augoustinos M."Climate Change, Community Understanding and Emotional Responses to the Impacts of Heat Waves in Adelaide, Australia." The Int J Climate Change: Imp Res 2013 4 (2): 109-126. doi:10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v04i02/37164.

Akoku DA, Tihnje M, Vukugah T, Tarkang E, Mbu R. Socio-economic Vulnerabilities and HIV: Drivers of Transactional Sex Among Female Bar Workers in Yaoundé, Cameroon. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13(6): e0198853. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198853