Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, Aug 26, GNA – A project dubbed: “People
for Health (P4H),” is ensuring improved access to quality health service
delivery for citizens in 20 districts selected from four regions.
The P4H project seeks to strengthen
organisational and institutional capacities of government and civil society
organisations (CSOs) for mutual accountability in health, HIV, water,
sanitation and hygiene, family planning and nutrition policy formulation and
It is a five-year project- March 2016- March
2021 being implemented by a consortium of three organisations led by
SEND-Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with Penplusbytes another
NGO and the Ghana News Agency as partners, and sponsored by the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID).
The target regions include Greater Accra,
Eastern, Northern and Volta while the districts comprised Karaga, Central Gonja
and Yendi Municipality.
Mr Siapha Kamara, Chief of Party of the P4H
Project, who made a presentation on the project at an inception meeting in
Accra, said the project seeks to leverage opportunities for change, building on
consortium members’ existing good relations with local governments, District
Health Management Teams and the USAID ongoing initiatives in the health sector.
The meeting, attended by representatives from
CSOs, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ministry
of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana Health Service, Regional
Coordinating Council, Regional Health Directorate, Ghana Aids Commission, and
the Media, was to introduce stakeholders to the project and seek their support
for its successful implementation to achieve the expected results.
Mr Kamara said consortium members would work
to increase citizens’ voices to demand for and champion improved access to
quality health services.
He said: “The consortium’s emphasis on social
accountability will increase CSO leadership, mobilise communities and key
populations to demand quality delivery of health programmes, promote
accountability in the use of health resources and simultaneously maximise the
responsiveness of health service providers.”
He said the project would improve
inclusiveness and equity, helping to make the country a model for a health
system which served the people according to their needs.
Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, Senior HIV Advisor,
USAID said in recognition of the importance of advocacy in bringing about
improvements in socio-economic development in Ghana, USAID has employed a range
of approaches in health, education, economic and governance sectors, to
increase government accountability, responsiveness and transparency.
It also includes support for providing
integrated quality services, capacity building of indigenous organisations and
strengthening of health systems.
He said USAID/Ghana is committed to supporting
the country in realising its goal of becoming an established middle-income
country by 2022.
Dr James Clayman, a gynaecologist at LEKMA
Hospital who chaired the occasion said effective monitoring in the health
facilities would ensure good management for increasing efficiency and
effectiveness of health services.
Mr Joseph Whittal, Deputy Commissioner, CHRAJ
who was represented at the meeting reiterated CHRAJ’s commitment to partner
with consortium members to ensure the success of the project.