Two districts in the Upper East Region, Talensi and Nabdam have been targeted for the implementation of a project to improve maternal and child health. The purpose of the project is also to improve access to and financing for quality maternal health care services in the two districts.
The 3-year project dubbed “Gender Rights and Empowerment Program (GREP) will be implemented in the districts by the Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment (RISE)-Ghana, a human-centred Civil Society Organisation based in the Upper East Region.
The project is being funded by the Foreign, Common Wealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom through the STAR-Ghana Foundation.
Awal Ahmed Kariama, Executive Director of RISE-Ghana, said the above districts in the region were carefully selected because “the maternal mortality ratio in the districts is quite higher than some of the neighbouring districts in the area”.
Mr. Awal lamented that the lack of infrastructure and poor maternal health financing in the two districts deprives many adolescent mothers and women in general of appropriate healthcare delivery which are some bottlenecks to achieving Universal Health coverage stipulated in goal 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Executive Director indicated that the project seeks to use the community scorecard, an initiative that engages communities to identify system gaps and provides an opportunity to close the gaps through communication and collaboration.
He said health facilities committees will be formed and trained for them to appropriately use the scorecard for district assemblies to incorporate the plans and proposals in their medium-term development plans.
“We are hoping that at least, by the end of the 3-year project, the level of quality services in terms of the ability of health workers to prevent infections at the facility levels will be improved. Because some of the health facilities will have water facilities and infrastructure included through proposals submitted for the Medium Term Development plan”
He was speaking during a day training on maternal health quality of care standards advocacy for media actors in the Upper East Region. Mr. Awal expressed optimism that the project will rope in the mining companies operating in the two districts to invest in maternal health as part of the companies corporate social responsibilities.
RISE-Ghana is implementing the project with a subtitled “Strengthening Health Committees and Citizens Groups to Champion Access to Quality Maternal Health in the Talensi and Nabdam Districts of the Upper East Region”.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Ghana