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, 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 key populations in Ghana (males who have sex with males and female sex workers). This will ensure that Ghana has country-specific costing data available. The study team collected information from service providers at eight purposively selected facilities and from program managers at the regional and central levels. 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 and development of operational plans and budgets). In addition, one of the purposes of analyzing unit costs is to understand what is driving costs and identify areas where there is potential to gain efficiencies and reduce costs without negative impacts on quality.
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 Key HIV Services to Female Sex Workers and Males Who Have Sex with Males 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 HIV program.