A collective learning planning session to assess the Government of Ghana’s implementation of the T3 policy, using community scorecards, was held at the conference area of ARHR on Wednesday, 16th January, 2019.
Participants of the planning session were representatives from Indepth Network, Ghana, ADDRO Ghana and ARHR.
The objective of the planning session was to brainstorm and come up with an adequate and workable plan on a study to assess the implementation of the T3 initiative using community scorecards.
Among other things, the planning session was to review the premise of the study which is to assess the awareness of providers and client about the initiative, collect information on adherence to the initiative and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies employed to follow up on clients; select districts and types of health facilities for the study; identify the process for involving the National Malaria Control Programme and Ghana Health Service in the study; and finally draft an activity plan and budget for the entire activity.
The T3 initiative is a global malaria initiative which was launched in 2012 by WHO to address the widespread problem of poor access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment and to enhance case reporting.
In 2013, Ghana adapted this initiative and developed guidelines for implementing the T3 strategy by updating the malaria case management guidelines and training health professionals on the implementation of the initiative.
At the end of this study, it is expected that findings will be used for advocacy at the National and Sub-national levels. The advocacy will be geared towards ensuring that health professionals re-strategize and streamline their activities to contribute to national efforts at achieving a successful implementation of the initiative.
Target audiences for the advocacy will include the institutional care division, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Divisions and the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service.
Also, a comprehensive report on the study will be developed and shared across the CSOs platform to serve as a resource material.