Lotakor, Volta Region, GHANA— On December 18, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and Korea International Development Agency (KOICA) commissioned four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the Volta Region. Chiefs, assembly members, and community members joined USAID/Ghana Mission Director Sharon L. Cromer; USAID/Ghana Health Office Director Akua Kwateng-Addo; Ghana Health Service Director General Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare; Volta Regional Director of Health Services Dr. Timothy Letsa; KOICA Deputy Country Director Mr. Seungmin Oh; and USAID Systems for Health Chief of Party Dr. Marni Laverentz at the event.
The Government of Ghana’s Community-based Health Planning and Services policy improves access to primary health care services at the community level to promote universal health coverage. USAID works with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to improve accessibility, quality, and use of health services, with a focus on maternal and child health and nutrition services.
“Our partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and local communities improves access to quality services and curbs preventable child and maternal deaths,” remarked USAID/Ghana Mission Director Sharon L. Cromer. “Promoting solutions driven by local communities can enrich the quality of health systems and ultimately move Ghana toward its vision of self-reliance.”
The ceremony was held at the CHPS compound in Lotakor. The CHPS compounds are constructed in line with the standard guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health and include a clinical unit, a residential unit, with two separate one-bedroom apartments, an elevated water tank, a septic tank, placenta pit, incinerator, borehole, and solar panels. The process of CHPS compound construction involves elaborate stakeholder consultations, and reflects gender-sensitive and environmental guidelines.
The CHPS compounds were constructed as part of the USAID-supported Systems for Health project in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service. KOICA provided financial support for the construction of the Lotakor CHPS compound. Additional CHPS compounds are under construction in Northern and Volta regions, with expected completion in 2018-2019.
About USAID Systems for Health
The USAID Systems for Health project is made possible by the generosity of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana under cooperative agreement AID-641-A-14-0002. The project is managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) and sub-partners PATH, Plan Ghana, and Results for Development Institute (R4D).