Warivi, GHANA— On January 31st, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and the Honorable Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, commissioned four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in Mion and Yendi Districts in the Northern region. In attendance were the Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare; the Honorable Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed; the Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Samuel Kwashie; USAID Systems for Health Chief of Party, Dr. Marni Laverentz; District Chief Executives from Mion and Yendi Districts; Assembly Members; chiefs; and community members.
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.
“The success of CHPS is rooted in community ownership and self-reliance. President Nana Akufo-Addo has also stated the importance of self-reliance in his Ghana Beyond Aid vision. This means investing our limited resources where we can make a lasting impact on the wellbeing of Ghanaians,” remarked Ambassador Jackson. “The CHPS compounds do just that by making quality health services more accessible to communities who need it the most.”
The ceremony was held at the CHPS compound in Warivi, Mion District, and included community representatives from Tensung, Kunkon, and Nkwanta, where new facilities were also recently completed. The CHPS compounds were 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. In December 2017, four CHPS compounds were commissioned in the Volta region by the USAID/Ghana Mission Director Sharon L. Cromer, and officially handed over to Ghana Health Service. Additional CHPS compounds are currently under construction in Northern and Volta regions, with expected completion by December 2018.
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).