The Youth Employment Agency, Ghana Health Service and Millennium Promise Alliance Ghana held a Stakeholders’ Meeting in Accra to Review the Community Health Workers (CHW) Module preceding the implementation of the program’s phase 2.
20,000 Community Health Workers were deployed during the first phase of the CHW program. The stakeholders identified all the challenges faced in the first phase of the program and made possible recommendations to improve the CHW module.
The second phase of the CHW program will see a phased deployment approach due to financial constraints. In 2019, 10,000 CHWs are scheduled to be deployed by 20% in the first quarter and 40% in the second and third quarters accordingly. Priority will be given to the hard to reach communities during the deployment process in the second phase.
According to the chair of the meeting (Dr. Yao Yeboah, the Council Chair of GHS), there is a need to position CHWs across the country as a significant approach to improve Ghana’s health care delivery by bridging the gap between Communities and health facilities. This will help reduce mortality rate in very hard to reach areas.