Within the last five years of its support programme for the country, the United States government has invested more than $13.5million in Ghana’s health sector, particularly in maternal and child health.
In all, 72 nursing and midwifery skills laboratories and 12 model Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds were refurbished and equipped in beneficiary communities, while 420 principals and tutors in those schools were also trained in the effective use and maintenance of the laboratories.
As part of the support, CHPS implementation guidelines and costing tools to help plan for activities at the CHPS level were developed.
At a forum in Accra, the Health Office Director of USAID Ghana, Ms Janean Davis, explained that the initiative was part of a global program which sought to support high impact health interventions to end preventable child and maternal deaths.
Under the five-year initiative, she said the US agency funded and provided technical assistance to some health centres to enhance maternal and child care services in the country.
Since 2014, the USAID, she said, had collaborated with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and other agencies to implement innovative programs and activities to strengthen Ghana’s health system, with a focus on the prevention of maternal, newborn and child deaths.
Considering the fact that nurses and midwives were at the forefront of delivering maternal and child care, Ms Davis said the program also focused on providing them with an improved pre-service learning environment to hone their clinical skills.
“As a result of these interventions, the next generation of nurses and midwives are better equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver quality health care which is critical to supporting Ghana’s goal of universal health coverage,” Ms Davis added.
An e-learning Application was also developed to enable nursing and midwifery students to access quality learning and teaching materials on their electronic devices.
The program also trained 5,300 Community Health Management Committee members and 750 front line community health workers on a new CHPS policy and guidelines.
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