The Accountability Loop Budget Advocacy Project (ALBA) is implemented in several African countries including Ghana by the WHO. The project operates in at least 10 deprived districts in Ghana with the aim of improving quality of care through ensuring functional basic emergency obstetric care.
Providing functional basic emergency obstetric care forms an important part of Ghana’s attainment of Universal Access to Health Care for all especially vulnerable women, children and adolescents in underserved communities. Ghana’s National Health Insurance (NHIS) Policy is the vehicle for the attainment of universal access to healthcare in Ghana, and Ghana’s Free Maternal Health Care Policy remains an integral part of the NHIS system specifically targeted at women and their newborns.
This project focuses on ring fencing Ghana’s National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS) budget allocation to MP’s in 10 districts to provide basic EmONC equipment not available in a highly utilized health facility in each of the 10 districts. By this strategy, Ghana’s ALBA team will increase the participation and reinforce the responsibility of MP’s to address the social needs of their constituents; while increasing social accountability to their constituents.