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Improving health care and bringing innovations to Ghanaians since 1978.

  • Jhpiego has helped foster an enabling, interactive environment at COVID-19 treatment centers across the country by revitalizing and scaling up communities of practice that stimulate knowledge sharing in collaboration with a national case management team. The communities of practice focused on critical care of COVID-19 patients and encouraged coordination and communication among frontline health workers.
  • Support of Ghana’s Community-Based Health Planning and Services initiative resulted in more than 645,000 clients served and over 274,000 immunizations given.
  • An innovative training approach to improve provider skills in newborn care led to a 50% reduction in intrapartum stillbirth and 56% in 24-hour newborn mortality across 40 study sites.
  • 99% of health care facility staff at 102% of targeted regional and district-level health facilities across five regions measurably improved their infection prevention and control practices through whole-site training.

Our Work in Ghana

Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale (MOMENTUM) is a suite of projects, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, that aims to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries by increasing host country commitment and capacity to provide high-quality, integrated health care. Each of the projects has a specific focus area; together they provide a comprehensive, flexible package of support for countries as they overcome context-specific health challenges towards sustainable development. The five-year, Jhpiego-led MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership project focuses on: 1) providing targeted technical and capacity development assistance to our missions, partner countries and local organizations; and 2) contributing to global technical leadership and policy dialogue for improved maternal, newborn and child health, voluntary family planning and reproductive health outcomes. Jhpiego’s 12 sub-partners under this project are: Save the Children, Johns Hopkins University International Vaccine Access Center, The Manoff Group, Quicksand, Matchboxology, BAO Systems, Avenir Health, McKinsey and Company, PACT, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Christian Connections for International Health and Ubora Quality Institute.

To address the COVID-19 epidemic in Ghana, the MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership project is supporting the clinical response to the disease in treatment centers. It is also improving coordination and communication among frontline health workers impacted and engaged in the response through the development of an online community of practice using Zoom and WhatsApp. In coordination with the Office of the President’s COVID-19 Coordination Unit and the Ghana Health Service, the project is establishing a strategy to collate surveillance data from COVID-19 treatment centers across the country, and provide a real-time data dashboard available on a cloud-based interface. In addition, through telehealth strategies, mentoring and supervision, the project supports sub-district health facilities to continue providing services during the pandemic.

This global project, also under the MOMENTUM suite of awards (see above), supports countries—including Ghana—to improve the quality of care provided by the private health care sector and increase opportunities for a total market approach to quality services, products and information in the areas of: maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. The project is led by PSI and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), RISE is working in select countries, including Ghana, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with ministry of health priorities in each country, RISE’s COVID-19 response support may include: assisting in the planning and rollout of national vaccine plans, including ensuring health care workers are prepared to implement and monitor this plan; providing focused and clinically relevant capacity building for clinicians providing COVID-19 case management; strengthening the oxygen ecosystem; and supporting health care workers in oxygen conservation, rationalization and non-invasive respiratory care.

RISE is a five-year global project—funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID—that works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant and resilient health systems. The project is led by Jhpiego with the following partners: ICAP at Columbia University, Management Sciences for Health, Anova, BAO Systems, Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and Mann Global Health. For the COVID-19 ventilator technical assistance effort, RISE is also collaborating with the University of California San Francisco, World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (via the GH STAR project), FHI 360 (via the EpiC Project) and Johns Hopkins University emergency medicine and critical care staff.

Project ECHO, led by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, aims to democratize lifesaving medical knowledge by linking experts at centralized institutions with regional, local and community-based workforces. Project ECHO is scaling up their proven virtual learning and tele-mentoring model to equip frontline clinicians and public health workers respond to COVID-19. As a part of this initiative, the Ministry of Health in Ghana and Ghana Health Services, in collaboration with CDC Nigeria and Jhpiego, is expanding the ECHO network in the country. This expansion supports Ghana’s urgent and rapidly expanding COVID-19 needs, including the national vaccination program.

Impact Malaria is a global project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative to reduce mortality and morbidity caused by malaria. Implemented by a consortium of organizations led by PSI, the project is led in Ghana by Jhpiego and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In close collaboration with Ghana’s National Malaria Control Program, other sections of the Ministry of Health and various implementing partners, Impact Malaria is designed to improve malaria service delivery via the following objectives: 1) improve the quality of and access to malaria case management and prevention of malaria in pregnancy; 2) improve the quality of and access to other malaria drug-based approaches and provide support to pilot/scale up newer malaria drug-based approaches; and 3) provide global technical leadership, support operational research and advance program learning.

GHSC-PSM is led by Chemonics and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In alignment with the program’s procurement of oxygen-related equipment, GHSC-PSM is supporting Jhpiego—in partnership with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine—to provide clinical technical assistance (TA) for the oxygen ecosystem in five countries (Afghanistan, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya and Mozambique). The goal of this TA is to build the capacity of clinicians and other staff at selected health facilities to deliver oxygen therapy in the context of clinical case management of newborn, children and adult COVID-19 patients. The generic package of clinical TA includes support for the following: clinical assessment and triage, testing for COVID-19, age-appropriate supplemental oxygen and advanced respiratory care, therapeutic and supportive medical care, infection prevention and control, adaptation of facility information tools, and ongoing mentorship and supportive supervision.