STAR-Ghana funded ‘Not in our Name’ Project: Tackling Corruption in the Ghanaian Healthcare Sector
In the period September – November 2018, the WASOHO consortium held engagement meetings across the 14 project implementation districts. Key stakeholders were engaged including: District Health Directors, Facility Administrators, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the National Commission for Civic Education, District Assemblies, the Department of Social Welfare, and representatives from the PWD and youth communities.
The meetings introduced the project to the stakeholders and consulted with them on the challenges unique to each district, to ensure the project is responsive to its context and has maximum impact. All meetings have been very fruitful, with staff open to frank discussions about the nature, causes and consequences of corruption within the health sector, and all stakeholders committed to the fight against it.
WAAF, as the lead organisation in the consortium, has also been on a fact finding mission to scope out existing anti-corruption mechanisms in the districts, to ensure the project builds synergies with ongoing initiatives. Partnerships have been forged with Ghana Integrity Initiative and SEND-Ghana to complement their existing structures including the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) and to utilise existing ‘community champions’ who lead community members in reporting incidents of corruption.
The support of STAR-Ghana has also been felt this quarter, with a meeting with Daniel Adjei, their SMS Platform Coordinator, on how the platform can bring added value to the project. The platform allows for anonymous reporting of complaints via text messages, and gives the duty bearers the opportunity to respond in kind. The STAR team also visited the WAAF office for their routine monitoring, which affirmed the project is on track, and some of us were lucky enough to join STAR on the occasion of the launch of the STAR Ghana Foundation. Huge congratulations to them, and we look forward to more progress within our project in the next quarter.
PACF funded ‘Communities Against HIV and AIDS’ Project
Our most recent reports from the three implementation regions (Central, Volta and Brong-Ahafo) showcase the impressive impact the CAPHA project is having. CAPHA aims to complement the activities of the Ghana Health Service in terms of its Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) efforts through community education and outreach for women of childbearing age, as well as facilitation of Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) testing for babies born to HIV positive mothers.
In a half year alone, more than 4,000 non-pregnant women have been tested for HIV, and more than 3,500 pregnant women have been tested. All pregnant women detected positive have been linked to care, and since the start of the project in 2017, the major achievement is that every child born to a positive mother has tested negative. This shows the effectiveness of HIV care in Ghana today, and the importance of comprehensive and early PMTCT care in ensuring we tackle mother to child transmission of HIV.