ARHR is participating in a 3-day national Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition Conference in Accra, Ghana from 9th -11th October 2023.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS), in collaboration with key partners, is organizing the Conference which is the 4th edition under the theme “Strengthening Service Delivery for Quality and Accessible Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAHN) Outcomes to meet the SDGs Midpoint and beyond”. The theme reflects new initiatives that the GHS has employed to improve primary health care delivery, especially at the sub-district levels; key of which is the networks of practice.
The 4th Conference is building upon the successes of the previous conferences to advance knowledge, share best practices, and foster collaboration toward improving health systems and ensuring quality and accessible service delivery.
The Conference serves as a nuanced platform for key health stakeholders to review the progress of implementation of activities and status of RMNCAHN service delivery and outcomes for the past years, identify challenges and opportunities for improvement; showcase studies, innovations, best practices and experiences of various stakeholders in strengthening health systems to improve RMNCAHN accessibility, quality, and outcomes; provide a platform for technical updates on new policies, strategies, and best practices on RMNCAHN within Ghana and the global level; discuss the role of partnerships, financing, integration, and governance in strengthening health systems for RMNCAHN service delivery; develop recommendations for policymakers and practitioners for improving RMNCAHN accessibility, quality, and outcomes and accelerating progress toward the SDGs; and explore innovative approaches, technology, and effective data utilization for improved RMNCAHN service delivery and outcomes.
The Director General of the National Development Planning Commission, Dr. Mensah Abrampah, who chaired the opening ceremony, in delivering his opening remarks indicated his optimism that proposals and recommendations from the Conference will be accepted in good faith by policymakers to improve RMNCAHN in Ghana.
“The persuasive elements of actions taken here will be taken up by the government and complementary agencies to advance RMNCAHN”, he said.
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, in addressing participants mentioned that the Conference was for taking stock and planning for the next level of attaining health goals.
“This Conference will focus on enhancing health outcomes through the strategic utilization of science, research, innovation, data, digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and collaborative partnerships”, he outlined.
Over 60 people including CSOs working in health, Development Partners, Government Agencies, Private Sectors, Academia, and the media, among others, are participating in the Conference.