Health News of Thursday, 29 August 2013
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Hunger Project – Ghana (THP-Ghana) to formalise their partnership in delivering health services in remote and deprived areas in the country.
The Director-General of the GHS, Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, and the Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr Samuel Afrane, signed for their respective institutions at a ceremony in Accra.
Present were the Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the GHS, Dr Erasmus Agongo; the Partnership Building and Resource Mobilisation Officer of THP-Ghana, Mr Isaac Olesu-Adjei; the Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant Project Officer of THP-Ghana, Mr Francis Osei Mensah, and a consultant to THP-Ghana, Mrs Anita D’Almeida.
Under the MoU, the GHS will integrate the 45 ‘Epicentre’ (community) clinics constructed by THP-Ghana, in partnership with rural communities and district assemblies, into the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) operational system of the GHS to ensure national recognition and support.
The GHS will also assist the clinics with the needed personnel, equipment and medicines, as well as train health personnel and community volunteers to ensure the attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on reducing child and maternal mortality in the rural areas.
THP–Ghana is a community development NGO which started operations in 1996. Currently, it is working in the Central, Ashanti, Volta, Greater Accra and Eastern regions.
The organisation’s vision is to help build a world where everybody lives healthy and fulfilling lives and in dignity.
THP-Ghana is working to attain its vision by pioneering a sustainable, grass-roots and women-centred strategy known as the Epicentre Strategy to end hunger and poverty.