Preventive Healthcare Strategies and Impact among the Asante People of the Early Twentieth Century Gold Coast: A Historical Narrative and Lessons for the Present Sanitation Challenge in Kumase

Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Daniel Owusu-Ansah


This article focuses on the development of preventive health care of the Asante people of early twentieth century Gold Coast. Attention has been paid to the public health strategies put in place by the Colonial Administration as well as the efforts and collaboration between Traditional Authorities and the British Colonial Administration to prevent diseases in Asante and Kumase in particular. Lessons for the present sanitation challenge learnt from this historical piece gleaned severally from archival and secondary written sources have been discussed.

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