Health News of 2013-12-09

NGO equips health volunteers with health kits

Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organisation and an affiliate of the John Hopkins University has presented 251 home visiting bags containing health kits to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), to be distributed to 197 community health volunteers and 54 community health officers in 25 CHPS zones in six coastal districts in the Western Region.

The NGO, which is implementing a five-year Supportive Technical Assistance for Revitalising Community-based Health Planning and Services (STAR CHPS), is funded by the Jubilee Partners in collaboration with the GHS.

According to Madam Joyce Ablordeppey, Senior Technical Advisor and Team Leader for the STAR CHPS project, the mission of the programme was to strengthen communities and boost performance and efficiency at CHPS Zones in the coastal districts in the region to increase access to high quality primary healthcare to over a million residents.

She said Jhpiego in 2011 received a grant from the Jubilee Partners to work over the next five years to increase access to quality Primary Health Care services in the six coastal districts by improving access to quality integrated health services through the STAR CHPS Project.

Madam Ablordeppey said currently Jhpiego was implementing a programme to reduce newborn mortality in Ghana with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.