The World Bank Group, Marie Stopes International Ghana and PharmAccess Foundation International have presented items worth USD 200,000 to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The presentation made on behalf of the partners by Dr. Nicole Klingen, Practice Manager of the World Bank based in Washington was to assist the Ministry implement the Africa Health Markets for Equity (AHME) project.
The items include 100 ruggedized Personal Assistance Device (Android tablets) with solar chargers, reserved power banks , digitalized Proxy Means Test tool on the link, Cloud-based PMT data management software and monitoring system.
The others are two (2) Android Samsung tablet 4 with both links mounted for the Minister and Chief Director, mounted LED Screen and Central Processing Unit that permanent displays data from repository to inform Minister on progress in real time and ten (10) motorbikes for District Social Protection Officers to use in monitoring field activities.
Presenting the items, Dr. Kligen explained that the objective of the AHME project is to advance social protection of the extreme poor and aligns with the twin goals of the World Bank that is eliminating poverty and advancing shared growth.It is also to promote access by the poor to quality and efficiently provided health care services particularly by private health sector.
The items she noted are to be used to promote the tri-goal of identification and enrolment of the extreme poor for registration onto health insurance; scale up of cash transfers under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) project and; contribute data into the National Targeting and Ghana National Households Registry database.
At the end of the project, AHME expect to have added 150,000 households, 900,000 persons and 70,000 extreme poor onto National Household data registry by June 2016.
Receiving the items, Gender Minister Nana Oye Lithur assisted by her deputy Alexander John Ackon expressed her gratitude to the DR. Nicole Kligen and her team.
She was positive that the items donated to the Ministry will help to fast-track the registration of the poor and vulnerable unto social protection programmes such as LEAP and help in the targeting process for the creation of the National Household registry.