The Korean government under its Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has provided an amount of $9 million to the Ghana government for the provision of Community-based Health Planning and Service program (CHPS) in all the 13 districts in the Upper East Region.
An agreement for the gesture was signed on Friday by Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Director General of the Ghana Health Service and Mr. Woochan Chang, the Country Director of KOICA.
Earlier in June 2016, a Record of Discussion (RoD) was designed by the Ministry of Health and the KOICA to confirm Korea’s bilateral support to Ghana health sector.
“As Ghana’s partner, the Government of Korea (through KOICA) has been willing to contribute to this wonderful initiative and reaffirms its commitment in the health sector by supporting Ghana’s CHPS strategy,” the Country Director of KOICA, Woochan Chang said.
For his part, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service expressed appreciation for the gesture.
“We need to ensure that monies go into producing results and also accounted for. We also need to ensure that staff are well trained and they know what they are doing,” he added.
The project titled, “Project for Improving Community-based Primary Health Care through CHPS Strengthening (CHPS+)” is aimed at enhancing community engagement, improving the quality of maternal, newborn and child health service at health facilities, and strengthening health system environment within the next five years.
The project also aims at enhancing and widening the coverage of the Sustainable Emergency Referral Care (SERC) which will enable community members to transport urgent cases such as emergency delivery from their community to the next point of referral using the emergency transport system.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), established by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is a governmental organization for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) of implementing the Korean government’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs for developing countries.
By: Kumi Obed Afari/citifmonline.com/Ghana