The programme which will span five years is estimated to cost $9 million.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), represented by its Country Director, Mr.Woochan Chang.
The partnership agreement will ensure that the GHS effectively implements the Project for Improving Community-Based Primary Healthcare Through CHPS Strengthening (CHPS+) being funded by KIOCA.
Mr Chang said the funding followed discussions signed between the Ministry of Health and KOICA earlier this year, to confirm Korea’s support to Ghana’s health sector.
He said the CHPS+ Project would focus on enhancing community engagements, improving the quality of maternal, newborn and child health services at health facilities, and strengthening health system environment.
“The project aims at improving the current service at the community level through building the capacity of community health officers and community health nurses, and support their day-to-day operations by providing them with motorbikes for a more effective and efficient outreach service,” he said.
Mr. Chang said existing community health volunteers would under the project continue to play a critical role as community health promotional agent through enhanced training, appropriate incentives, and supervision.
“The project is expected to enhance and widen the coverage of the Sustainable Emergency Referral Care (SERC), which would enable 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 motor king ambulances,” he stated.
According to KIOCA’s Country Director the CHIPs + would equip CHPS compounds, health centres and district hospitals with medical equipment and train doctors and midwives who will work in the centres.
This Mr. chang believed would enable the health workers improve in thier respective capacities in delivering the quality maternal and new born care among others.
He however stated that health information reporting and management from the level of CHPS compounds would also be strengthened under the project.
Dr. Appiah Denkyira for his part thanked the people of Korea and the Korean government for their support to strengthening Ghana’s health system.
He stated that the UER has been adjudged the best for the implementation of the CHPS concepts which had led to an impressive reduction of maternal and neonatal mortalities in the region.
He was positive that the project would promote the practice of safe childhood interventions which would enhance childhood survival in the country.
Dr. Appiah observed that the MOH and GHS had in the past years partnered KOICA to support various health projects saying, “the CHPS+ project would be an important milestone for a stronger partnership between the two countries in improving the health of Ghanaians”.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey