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Ghana: USAID Systems for Health

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Systems for Health project (S4H) in Ghana is supporting reductions in preventable child and maternal deaths, in unmet need for family planning, and in childhood mortality and morbidity from malaria, as well as improving nutritional status for pregnant women and children under 5. This is accomplished by strengthening vital health systems building blocks, while mobilizing communities for Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) facilities, strategic behavior change communication, and targeted demand generation to maximize service delivery coverage. The project is working in five regions of Ghana: Greater Accra, Central, Western, Volta, and Northern Region. The Systems for Health Project Consortium is led by University Research Co., LLC (URC) with partners that include PATH, Plan International, and Results for Development Institute. The project works in partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, and local Ghanaian partners.

Plan’s role on the project is to increase demand for services by an empowered population and to ensure integration of gender across the project. Plan provides ongoing support to the expansion and strengthening of CHPS, as well as technical assistance for gender mainstreaming. In the area of CHPS, mandates include promoting community ownership and accountability for planning; supporting the implementation and monitoring of the CHPS minimum package of services; facilitating community-led models for quality improvement of primary health care services; and designing and supporting interventions at the community-level to increase demand and appropriate health-seeking behaviors for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH), malaria, nutrition, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). In the area of gender, Plan supports gender analyses, tool development or selection, and training, with an eye to recruiting and capacitating women, men, and boys to champion gender transformative interventions. Additionally, Plan provides ongoing review and supports adaptation of existing gender training materials and guidelines.

USAID/Prime: University Research Co. LLC (URC)
Project Start Date
July 2014
Project End Date
June 2019
Technical Areas Covered
Gender; Community Mobilization

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