Ghana Health Partners at the GHS/USAID Collaboration Meeting in May 2016

On 17 and 18 May of 2016, representatives from USAID and the Ghana Health Services (GHS) as well as stakeholders from health implementing partners attended a collaboration meeting in Accra, Ghana. Below are a selection of highlights from the meeting.

Dr. Osei Afreh, Deputy Director for Public Health from the Brong Ahafo region putting across a question related to the selection of focus districts and regions of implementation of activities by the USAID. In this photo, a cross section of participants listen to his points.

Akua Kwateng-Addo, Director, HPNO-USAID, contributing to the discussions during the meeting

Akua provided an overview of the USAID/Ghana health portfolio, especially issues focusing on areas of operation, annual budgeting and funding, TA mechanisms, USAID partners and government-to-government (G2G) as well as efforts at improving collaboration.

Dr. Victor Bampoe, Deputy Minister of Health, contributing to the discussion during the meeting

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Victor Bampoe, was thankful to all present and endorsed the collaboration between the GHS and USAID. He recognized that this collaboration has been mutually beneficial over the years and could only get better with this kind of meeting.

Break-out sessions at the meeting to effectively discuss four different thematic areas in order to improve collaboration

Four key questions were outlined and participants were placed into four groups to discuss and make presentation on their recommendations and way forward for GHS-USAID collaboration.

From Left: Akua, Director, HPNO-USAID; Dr. Sory, Former Director General, GHS; Dr. Appiah-Denkyira, Director General, GHS; and Dr. Awoonor-Williams, Director PPME, GHS

In this photo, the Director General delivered the closing remarks where he rehashed the good work done in the Northern Region through the RING Project resulting from direct funding from USAID. He stated this project must serve as a model for the GHS. He also expressed the need to integrate all programs and activities of the GHS to bring on board the private sector.