The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo Ofosu, has urged all Regional Directors of Health Service and health professionals working on the JICA CHPS For Life Project to be personally motivated to help achieve the goal of strengthening the Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS), despite outstanding challenges.
He made this statement at the 6th Joint Coordination Committee Meeting for JICA CHPS for Life Project which took place in Accra on 8th July, 2021. The meeting, which is held bi-annually, brings all stakeholders together to enable them to deliberate on critical issues as well as make key decisions pertaining to the project implementation.
Dr. Ofosu also appealed to the partners to extend the project to other regions to ensure equity in terms of health coverage in the country.
The Country Representative for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ghana, Mr. Yasumichi Araki, indicated that while there are numerous challenges that need to be tackled in the project, there is also the need to consider the sustainability of the project activities after the project has ended.
He added that JICA in partnership with GHS had procured medical equipment worth $1.2million to support CHPS zones in the five (5) Northern Regions to help improve health systems within the localities. He further pledged JICA’s strong commitment to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to help build a radiant health system to improve the quality of care for all.
The JICA CHPS for Life project is aimed at contributing to achieving universal health coverage by improving health systems at the community levels in the five Northern Regions using the Life Course Approach: Upper East, Upper West, Northern, North-East and Savannah Regions. The 5-year project which started in July 2017 is expected to end in June 2023 after a one-year extension due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other related challenges.
SOURCE: PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT, GHS