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Ghana: Quality Health Partners Program

Accra, Ghana


Summary

The Quality Health Partners (QHP) program is a five-year, U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program aimed at improving health outcomes for Ghanaians, particularly in the areas of reproductive and child health. The QHP team—EngenderHealth, Jhpiego and Abt Associates—provides evidence-based support to the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service and a range of private institutions at the national, regional, district and sub-district levels in 30 of Ghana’s most deprived districts. As a key partner in QHP, Jhpiego is working closely with the Nurse and Midwife Council in Ghana to improve clinical practice by updating the national curricula and conducting regional orientations and technical updates for all cadres of nurses and midwives. These activities cover a range of key technical areas, including maternal and neonatal health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, child health, reproductive health and family planning.

Another key component of Jhpiego’s role in QHP is collaborating with the Ghana Health Service to improve the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) for health professionals in the country. This effort began with a national assessment of the system, led by Jhpiego, to identify priorities and needs. The QHP team is now working with the relevant professional bodies to identify national priorities and strategies for HRMS planning, improve the performance appraisal system and track HRMS activities across regions. The processes and systems developed as part of these activities will be integrated with national HRMS policies and procedures.

About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.

For more information, please visit our web site: www.jhpiego.org

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