Forensic Science: A unique interdisciplinary tool helping to combat crimes in Africa, a review.

Authors: Albert Koomson1,2*, Emmanuel Kelvin Gaisie3, Douglas Tetteh Ayitey1, Nathan Amuquaye Antiaye4

FSSGH Newsletter | Volume 2 | Issue 1 | December 2019 | 1 -7


Forensic Science has helped solve several crimes in Africa. Embracing such a new development took quite some time. This study reviewed briefly, some of the improvements that forensic science has brought to the criminal justice systems in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. The review identified several challenges across the three countries that can be resolved by employing advanced analytical practices, enacting laws and policies, adequate regulatory systems, quality management systems and provision of funds. The study also revealed that forensic science could be a vital tool for sustainable development.


Africa, Forensic Science, Sustainable development, Policies, Regulation

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1   Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.   

2   Department of Laboratory Technology, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.

3   Department of Medical Laboratory, Ghana Police Hospital, Accra, Ghana, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana.

4     Testing Division, Ghana Standards Authority, Shiashie, Ghana.     

*   Correspondence: ; Tel.: +233-200748320