The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
NEWS & VIEWS
October 2, 2015
ACCRA, Ghana—Ghana’s Ministry of Health launched the Ghana Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, 2016–2020 (GFPCIP) on September 28, 2015 in front a crowd of 200 people. Full implementation of the GFPCIP will increase the number of women in Ghana currently using modern contraception from approximately 1.5 million in 2015 (baseline) to 1.9 million in 2020. The total cost of fully implementing the GFPCIP, including both activity and contraceptive commodity and consumable costs from 2016–2020, is US$235 million (906 million Ghanaian cedis).
The GFPCIP is structured around six thematic areas: demand creation; service delivery; contraceptive security; policy and enabling environment; financing; and stewardship, management, and accountability. Strategic priorities were also identified to ensure that current family planning gaps are addressed, such as providing family planning information and access to services for specific groups including youth and rural populations. There is also a focus on improving the quality of family planning services (see below for the full list of strategic priorities).
The USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP), supported Ghana Health Service (GHS) and National Population Council (NPC), working on behalf of the Ministry of Health (MOH), throughout an intensive seven-month process to develop the plan. As part of the development process for the GFPCIP, HPP supported the government to: conduct a comprehensive situational analysis, including a desk review and extensive consultations; identify strategic priorities; detail, set timelines for, and cost all activities; calculate current and projected FP method mix to 2020; calculate the impact (number of women’s lives saved, etc.) using the ImpactNow model; and secure stakeholder input and feedback throughout the process.
At the launch, the Director of the Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service, Patrick Aboagye, gave a brief overview of the GFPCIP, highlighting its key components, the strategic priorities and thematic areas. He also gave an overview of the technical strategy and elements of the activity matrix, which formed the backbone of the strategy. The operational objectives of the CIP are to
- Increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) among currently married women from 22.2 percent to 29.7 percent by 2020 (33% for all methods in 2020).
- Increase the modern CPR among unmarried sexually active women from 31.7 percent to 40 percent by 2020 (50% for all methods in 2020).
Dr. Aboagye also underscored the call for participation from all partners and stakeholders, and encouraged all involved to collectively commit to make these goals a reality by 2020.
The welcome address was delivered by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Ebenezer Appiah- Denkyira. He stated, “The Ghana Health Service will continue to promote family planning as a priority on the national development agenda and work with partners to ensure the effective implementation of the new documents to facilitate achievement of national goals.”
The Deputy Minister for Health of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Victor Bampoe, provided the launch’s keynote address. In his address, he reemphasized the government’s commitment to family planning which has led to the development of the two vital documents (the GFPCIP and the National Condom and Lubricant Strategy 2016-2020) and challenged all to ensure their full implementation. He stated,
Young or old, family planning should be a simple and personal decision made by informed individuals or couples regarding how often and when to have children. . . . the Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) builds on the key achievements, best practices and lessons learned of various reproductive health and family planning strategies and plans implemented in Ghana. The document is particularly significant because it is the last five-year plan that will get us through our final ‘sprint’ to the FP2020 goals, and also because it constitutes a key component of our government’s improved momentum to address equity, and access to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services.
In his closing remarks, Professor Naa John Nabila, President of the National House of Chiefs and a member of the Council of State, underpinned the integral role family planning plays in national development. He stated that the ceremony was a reminder that the elements needed to achieve Ghana’s developmental goals are available and noted all the relevant stakeholders were present, including traditional rulers, policy makers, and civil society and development partners. He encouraged all the stakeholders to team up to make implementation of the two documents a success.
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