The Government of Ghana through the Youth Employment Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Services worked with the 1mCHW Global Campaign to recruit, train and deploy 20,000 CHWs and 1,000 e-health Technical Assistants (eTAs) across all the 216 districts of the country.
Seven districts in Ashanti Region were selected as the national demonstration site to establish the scientific basis for the efficiency and effectiveness of this incentivized, professionalized eHealth-enabled CHW Program in strengthening Ghana’s primary health care systems and improving access to health care.
These trained CHWs visit households on regular basis for health promotion and education on environmental sanitation, immunization, family planning, ante-natal care, exclusive breastfeeding, nutrition among others using smartphones to report on their findings to their supervisors, the Community Health Officers, at the respective CHPS and health centers for care. They actively search for disease conditions such as malnutrition, malaria and diarrhoea, and with the aid of the smart phones, refer them to a health facility for advice on how to diagnose the disease condition.
President Akufo-Addo receiving the smartphones thanked Miss Gross, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and the Millennium Promise Alliance represented by Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko for showcasing Ghana once again on the globe and contributing to strengthening Ghana’s Primary Healthcare.He added that the success of the Community Health Workers Initiative is indeed pioneering and worth sharing. He was optimistic that the smartphones, an ICT-driven initiative introduced to support the work of the CHWs, will help save lives in rural communities of Ghana where access to quality health care has been a challenge of successive governments.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director Family Health Division of GHS, Dr. Patrick Aboagye, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor, the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, CEO of YEA, Justin Kodua, and the Board Chairman of the YEA, Sammy Awuku.