Korea supports Ghana’s healthcare through CHPS

By
Christabel Addo, GNA

Accra, Aug. 20, GNA – A funding agreement
has been signed between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and
the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on the “Project for Improving Community-Based
Primary Healthcare Through CHPS Strengthening (CHPS+)”.

The documents to seal the nine million
United States dollar funding agreement, was signed by Dr Ebenezer
Appiah-Denkyira, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service and Mr
Woochan Chang, the Country Director for KOICA.

Mr Chang said the move was to support the
implementation of the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS)
strategy as a collaborative partnership between the Ministry of Health (MOH)
and KOICA in the thirteen districts of the Upper East Region over a five-year
period.

He explained that a Record of Discussion had
earlier been signed on June 14, 2016 by the MOH and KOICA to confirm Korea’s
bilateral support to Ghana in the Health Sector, and that the signing was a
follow up to designate the GHS as the main implementing agency for the support.

The CHPS+ Project, he said, focuses on
enhancing community engagements, improving the quality of maternal, newborn and
child health services at health facilities, and strengthening health system
environment. 

Mr Chang said the Project aims at improving
the current service at the community level through capacity building of
Community Health Officers and Community Health Nurses, and further support
their day-to-day operations by providing them with motorbikes for a more
effective and efficient outreach service.

He said the existing Community Health
Volunteer would continue to play a critical role as community health
promotional agent through enhanced training, appropriate incentives, and
supervision.

He said the Project also aims at enhancing
and widening the coverage of the Sustainable Emergency Referral Care, which
enabled community members to transport urgent cases such as emergency delivery,
from their community to the next point of referral using emergency transport
system such as modified motorking ambulances.

Dr Appiah-Denkyira, said the Project would
equip CHPS compound, Health Centres and District Hospitals with various medical
equipment and train doctors and midwives to improve their respective capacity
in delivering the required  services for
maternal and newborn care, including safe delivery and neonatal care capacity
building and provision and training of mobile ultrasound scanning service.

He said for the purpose of health system
strengthening, the supervision and governance in the aspect of leadership and
management would also be enhanced through capacity building of personnel in
Sub- District, District and Regional Health Management Team.

Moreover the capacity for health information
reporting and management from the level of CHPS compound would also be
strengthened, he said.

He said the MOH and GHS has partnered KOICA
in the past five years to support various areas of health, where collaboration
on improving maternal and child health in the Volta Region and strengthening
infectious disease response capacity were among the recent ones.

He said building on previous partnership and
collaboration, the CHPS+ project would be the important milestone for a
stronger partnership between the two countries in the great endeavour together
for the goal of saving lives of mothers and children and improving the health
of Ghanaians.

GNA

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