Incorporating Gender and Privacy Concerns in the Design of Community-based Health Planning and Services Compounds

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Providing primary health care in underserved areas of Ghana continues to be a major challenge due to the lack of resources. Community-based Health Planning & Services (CHPS) is a national strategy adopted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) to deliver essential community-based health services. One of the essential steps to a CHPS’ functionality is the construction of a CHPS compound, which is an approved structure consisting of a service delivery point and a residential accommodation complex. To expand the delivery of health care, the USAID Systems for Health project is helping MOH/GHS to build new CHPS compounds in deprived districts of the Northern and Volta regions. Complementary community mobilization activities are also underway.

The new CHPS facilities are intended to eliminate geographical barriers to health care, particularly in rural areas. The facilities are also meant to transform the delivery of rural health care, changing the focus from clinic-based care to active community and home-based outreach services. The new facilities and mobilization activities are in line with the MOH and GHS National CHPS Policy and Implementation Guidelines.

 

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A map of Ghana. The blue areas represent the five regions in which System for Health operates. Systems for Health is building CHPS facilities (marked on the map) in the Northern and Volta regions.
A map of Ghana. The blue areas represent the five regions in which System for Health operates. Systems for Health is building CHPS facilities (marked on the map) in the Northern and Volta regions.
Publication Date 
May 2018
Resource Type 
Success Stories
Regions/ Countries 
Language 
English