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Project Title: Improving Access to Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality through the Provision of Safe Motherhood, Child Survival and SRHR Services in the Northern Region of Ghana

Project summary: Ghana is currently battling to reduce its high Maternal and Child Mortality rates which are currently estimated at 319/100,000 and 60/1000 live births respectively (GDHS 2014). The project focuses on improving continuum of care for mothers and babies using the EMBRACE (Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care) approach.  Integrated SRHR services would be provided through static facilities and outreach posts in a bid to strengthen the foundation of the JTF funded project built in Kparigu area regarding Maternal and Child Health.

The JTF project improved maternal and child health in the area through the provision relevant SRHR information and integrated services including skilled deliveries and child welfare services. It also empowered women economically by providing them with seed capital to generate extra income through small scale businesses all geared towards the improvement of their livelihood. The project will continue to partner with the GHS and community volunteers in its implementation. This intervention also brought the introduction solar night SRH discussions among the communities.

Project Justification: Ghana’s MMR is estimated at 319/100,000 live births (WHO et al, 2015). Even though there has been a decline from 760/100,000 in 1990, the figure is unacceptable. The need therefore to strengthen maternal health programmes especially in deprived districts such as West Mamprusi is crucial. Currently MMR in the district is as high as 531/100,000 live birth coupled with a high TFR of 6.01%. The appalling situation of child health is also of great concern. Under-5 mortality is 60 deaths per 1,000 live births, in other words 1 child in every 17 births does not survive to his or her 5th birthday (GSS et al, 2015). This project would be implemented in line with PPAG’s strategic direction (2016-2020) and accelerate Ghana’s efforts towards the SDGs.

Specific Objectives:
1.    To increase the utilization of integrated SRHR and HIV services, including Safe Motherhood and Family Planning among women, men and young people in project communities by 10% by December  2017 (using 2015 results as base figure )
2.    To increase access to  continued child health services by  10% (using 2015 results as base figure ) by the end of December 2017
3.    To improve the economic status of 500 girls and women in the project area by facilitating the provision of micro credit facilities as a way of addressing poverty-related barrier to SRHR/HIV services by the end of December 2017

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