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Adjunct Professor
York University


Areas of Expertise
African Union, Children and Armed Conflict, Civil Society, Health, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Development, The Global South, United Nations

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa

I am an Adjunct Professor in the Global Health program at York University (Toronto, Canada) and currently hold the Meighen Wright Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health. My expertise is in global health policy and governance. My current research and teaching address accountability mechanisms in malaria prevention and treatment programs targeting pregnant women and children; global health governance; participatory leadership for health; and the relationships between social support, resilience and the mental health of vulnerable children in sub-Saharan African countries. I have over 10 years of field research experience with marginalized women, orphans, children with developmental disabilities in West Africa (the Republic of Benin and Burkina Faso). I have conducted research with the World Health Organization, Global Fund, GAVI Alliance (Geneva), Ministries of Health and related health organizations (West Africa). I completed my doctorate in Sociology at Laval University (Canada) addressing the family support to child orphans in Burkina Faso, where I lived. I received a Master’s Degree in International Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva (Switzerland) and a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Abomey-Calavi in the Republic of Benin (West Africa). I was awarded the merit Scholarship of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva (Switzerland), the Georges-Henri-Lévesque merit scholarship (Laval University), and the merit scholarship from the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). I have received research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Opportunity Grant program, York Incentive Fund, and the Minor Research Grant (York University).

Recent Publications• Danhoundo, G., Wiktorowicz, E.M., & Yaya, S. (2017). Governance of malaria prevention: How decision makers’ and pregnant women’s sensemaking contribute to unintended consequences. Health Care for Women International 38(3).
• Danhoundo, G., & Khanlou, N. (2016). Family Ties and Mental Health of Orphans in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Does the Gender of the Dead Parent Matter? International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
• Danhoundo, G. (2016). L’insaisissable catégorie sociale d’enfants orphelins d’Afrique: de quoi parle-t-on ? African Population Studies (APS), 30(2). doi :
• Yaya, S., & Danhoundo G. (2015). Special issues on Innovations in Health Care System Reform in OECD countries. The Innovation Journal: the Public Sector Innovation Journal 20(1), 1-13.
• Yaya, S., Bishwajit, G., Danhoundo, G., Shah, V., & Ekholuenetale, M. (2016). Trends and determinants of HIV/AIDS knowledge among women in Bangladesh. BMC Public Health 16(812).
• Yaya, S., Bishwajit, G., Danhoundo, G., & Seydou, I. (2016). Extent of knowledge about HIV and its determinants among men in Bangladesh. Frontiers in Public Health.
• Danhoundo, G. (2016). L’orphelin et ses constructions en Afrique: une catégorie sociale hétérogène. Revue Internationale Enfances Familles Générations (Accepted).
• Danhoundo, G., Khanlou, N., & Danhoundo, M. (2016). « Turning the tide: An ethnographic study of children’s experiences following the death of their father in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) ». In S. Pashang, N. Khanlou, & J. Clarke (eds.) Today’s Youth and Mental Health: Hope, Power and Resilience. New York: Springer (Accepted).
• Danhoundo, G., & Yaya, S. (2016). «Les femmes enceintes et l’accès au traitement préventif intermittent contre le paludisme dans la commune de Sô-Ava au Bénin». In S. Yaya (ed.) Risquer la mort pour donner la vie. Politiques et programmes de santé maternelle et infantile en Afrique. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval (Accepted).