Jubilee Partners’ health project for 6 districts ends

Project Ends 1The Supportive Technical Assistance to Revitalise (STAR) Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) project, launched by the Jubilee Partners in 2011, will formally come to an end.

The Jubilee Partners are made up of Tullow Ghana Limited, Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, PetroSA and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.

They, in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and technical support from Jhpiego launched the STAR CHPS project to increase access to quality primary health care services in the six coastal districts of the Western Region.

The districts are Jomoro, Ellembelle, Nzema East, Ahanta West Shama and Sekondi-Takoradi.

The project was to revitalise 62 existing CHPS zones by building the capacities of 321 community health officers, 401 community health volunteers and 413 community health management committees on the CHPS concept.

As part of activities marking the end of the project, an awards ceremony was organised to honour individuals and organisations that had excelled and supported the implementation of the CHPS concept.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, said countries like Rwanda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone had studied Ghana’s CHPS concept.

He said the public health sector of the GHS needed to do more work to create awareness on health care delivery because the majority of the people were still ignorant and needed education.

Dr. Appiah-Denkyira appealed to the funding agencies to continue to support the project so that more people would benefit.

He asked the GHS to intensify its engagement with the people, to improve health delivery and decision-making.

The Western Regional Director of the GHS, Dr. Emmanuel K Tinkorang, said GHS was working hard to prevent maternal and infant mortality.

The chief of Essipun, Nana Kofi Abuna V, appealed to traditional authorities to support the CHPS concept.

Mr. Kwasi Amponsah Boateng of Tullow said the jubilee partners support development as part of their corporate social responsibility in the field of health, education, water and sanitation.

The best CHPS Compound was at Nzema Akropong CHPS, and the authorities there received gold medal, a motorbike, desk top computer and a printer.

The second position was taken by Kojokrom CHPS zone, which received a silver medal and a desk top computer.

From Peter Gbambila, Takoradi


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