The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Andrew Koleros
Primary Language: English
As part of its overall effort to promote evidence-based policies, decision making, and planning and advocacy, the Health Policy Project has worked with the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and other important stakeholders to conduct a costing study of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This will ensure that Ghana has country-specific costing data available. The study selected 14 sites within the country, including teaching, regional, and district hospitals providing PMTCT services. To understand differences in services being delivered at the community level, the study included three community-based health planning service sites and three maternity home sites. The study team interviewed two programmatic and finance staff at the 14 sites and central-level program managers and financial officers during data collection. The costing data are now being used to update Ghana's Goals Model and for planning, budgeting, and decision-making purposes (e.g., in conjunction with the development of Global Fund proposals).
The report does not include specific operational details on how each of these different levels may use study results for their individual planning, budgeting and resource mobilization, and/or allocation purposes. The accompanying Estimating the Unit Costs of Providing HIV Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Services in Ghana: A Data Use Guide summarizes key findings from the study and provides specific details on how study results may be best used to inform the evidence base for the Ghana PMTCT program.