The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) project, funded by USAID and led by Jhpiego, is a continuation of the work begun by the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP). The project works closely with the Human Resource for Health Development Unit of the Ministry of Health (MOH), and the national programs of Ghana Health Services (GHS). The main objectives of this collaboration are to: 1.) Improve the quality of pre-service education in 61 nursing and midwifery schools; 2.) Strengthen the implementation of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) in five regions; and 3.) Strengthen technical competency and ability of staff at targeted health facilities to routinely practice improved infection prevention and control (IPC). MCSP provides support to the MOH and GHS to develop sustainable, cost-effective pre-service education interventions to ensure that nurses and midwives who graduate from health training institutions are prepared and competent to deliver high quality care when they are deployed.
MCSP is supporting the expansion of CHPS, an innovative, primary health care service delivery system in Ghana that focuses on a community health officer who lives and works in the community and provides important outreach services to surrounding communities. MCSP is supporting the harmonization of CHPS delivery and training to ensure that Ghanaians have improved access to quality health care services. At the national level, MCSP supports coordination, sharing of best practices, harmonization, planning and costing; and at the regional level, works with regional health directorates to identify annual priorities for scaling up CHPS implementation. Grants will be provided to support these priorities and implementation of new national level initiatives and strategies. Across all levels, the project promotes the use of data for decision-making and will ensure that the national district health information management systems collect and report on the necessary information at the CHPS level, including community-level work.
MCSP integrates eLearning strategies to provide additional learning content that students can access at school computer laboratories, personal laptops and smartphones. These technology-based modules are interactive and include case studies and quizzes so students and tutors can monitor progress. The project also provides schools with fully equipped skills laboratories where students can practice skills in a safe environment before implementing them in real world settings.
MCSP is working closely with the GHS’ Institutional Care Division (ICD) and USAID’s Systems for Health (S4H) to roll out the new whole-site IPC training approach across Ghana. MCSP is collaborating with ICD and the national IPC master trainers to mentor regional trainers to support the cascade of training in the targeted regional and district hospitals. Grants will be provided to the five MCSP targeted regions to implement the trainings and conduct supportive supervision visits.