Ghana

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked with the Government of Ghana to maintain access to essential health services for women and children.

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Over the past two decades, Ghana has made great strides toward developing its economy, lifting many Ghanaians out of poverty. As the economy grows, more Ghanaian women and children have access to the health services they need to live healthy lives. However, the pandemic has hit Ghana hard: COVID-19 cases and deaths are among the highest reported in West Africa; the pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life while also testing the resilience of the country’s health system.7

Partnerships with Ghana’s government and local organizations are key to helping Ghanaian women and children access high-quality health care throughout the pandemic and well into the future. In the first year of the pandemic, we worked with the Government of Ghana to maintain access to essential health services.

 

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COVID-19

Maintaining Essential Health Services During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to maintain essential health services for women and children around the world. From May 2020 to February 2021, we worked with the Government of Ghana to provide health workers with the tools they needed to continue providing essential services for women and children. This included reviewing and helping update national guidelines and training materials for health workers and connecting them to additional resources to combat the pandemic. We also partnered with public and faith-based facilities to help them improve hygiene practices and prevent the spread of infection. Finally, we supported pubicly-supervised COVID-19 treatment centers to help them manage the influx of cases; share information about COVID-19 with their clients and colleagues; and collect, review, and use data on the spread of COVID-19 to help Ghana’s national case management team respond to the pandemic.

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About the MOMENTUM Project Working in Ghana

MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership worked with the Government of Ghana during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic (from May 2020 to February 2021) to help women, children, and communities maintain access to essential health services.

References

  1. Kaneda, Toshiko, Charlotte Greenbaum, and Carl Haub. 2021 World Population Data Sheet. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau. 2021. https://interactives.prb.org/2021-wpds/.
  2. Kaneda, Greenbaum, and Haub, 2021 World Population Data Sheet.
  3. Kaneda, Greenbaum, and Haub, 2021 World Population Data Sheet.
  4. Roser, Max and Hannah Ritchie. “Maternal Mortality.” 2017. https://ourworldindata.org/maternal-mortality.
  5. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Data Warehouse Cross-Sector Indicators: Ghana. 2017. https://data.unicef.org/country/gha/.
  6. Countdown to 2030. “Countdown Country Dashboard: Ghana.” https://profiles.countdown2030.org/#/ds/GHA.
  7. Ghana Health Service. “COVID-19 Ghana’s Outbreak Response Management Updates.” https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/.

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