Reproductive Health Education for Adolescents and Young People Project

This project seeks to empower adolescent girls through improved access to reproductive health education and responsive reproductive health services. It will enable adolescent girls to be assertive by providing them with information on sexual and gender based violence prevention, and easy access to sexual reproductive health services.

ARHR is working with local NGOs in the Ashiedu Keteke sub-metro in the Greater Accra Region; Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) Municipal assembly in the Central Region, Nzema East Municipal assembly in the Western Region, South Dayi district in the Volta Region, Bosome Freho district in the Ashanti Region and Jirapa Municipal in the Upper West Region to target out-of-school females between ages 10-19 years including persons with disabilities.

Activities include capacity building on reproductive health education for these out-of-school female adolescents, documentation of information, education and communication materials on sexuality education for use by these adolescents, strengthening the capacity of selected local NGOs and community facilitators and a sports day for persons with disabilities.

It is expected that more adolescent girls will be enabled to access adolescent friendly health services and also exercise their agency on sexual and reproductive health. It is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Primary Health Care Advocacy Project

The PHC advocacy project engages national level decision makers and stakeholders on the need to use PHC as a medium of achieving Universal Health Care (UHC). The advocacy engages the Government of Ghana and its representatives to develop, adopt and finance a consolidated Essential Health Services Package (EHS) as part of national efforts towards the achievement of UHC in Ghana. This project is being implemented with funding from Population Action International (PAI).

Catalyzing leadership to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes in West Africa (WNCAW) project

With a mission to contribute to improved and equitable reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) outcomes in West Africa, ARHR with funding from International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is implementing a project titled ‘Catalysing leadership to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes in West Africa’.

ARHR is supporting multi-stakeholder, multi-level leadership, evidence informed advocacy, and networking for RMNCAH agenda setting, decision making and implementation in five (5) West African countries; Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone through this project. The project is using scorecard assessments to amplify the voices of key patient groups to facilitate citizen-provider dialogue around health service delivery, accountability and improvement.

The expected outcome of the project is to enhance national and sub-national capacity in Anglophone and Francophone West African countries to use routine health management information systems, vital registration, health research data and evidence in public health policy and program decision making and implementation. In Ghana, the project is taking place in the Volta and Eastern Regions and focuses on the South Dayi and Akyemansa districts.

Bridging Gaps: Innovate For Malaria (B4M) Project

The Bridging Gaps: Innovate for Malaria (B4M) project which is being funded by Comic Relief seeks to build the capacities of community based organisations (CBOs) and communities on their health rights and responsibilities; increase community knowledge on the national malaria service package, generate evidence of health facilities’ adherence to national guidelines for malaria control and prevention, undertake participatory monitoring of community perspectives and experiences with malaria control and prevention mechanisms and eventually advocate at national and sub-national levels for improved malaria control and prevention services.

The project is being implemented in Bodi, Juaboso, Mpohor and Nzema East districts in the Western Region of Ghana.

Pregnant women and children under 5 years are the primary target beneficiaries of the project and other target groups include older women of reproductive age, young people and male partners of pregnant women.

Integrating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in National Health Policies, Programmes and Commitments (GESI) Project

Shortly referred to as GESI, it is a Star-Ghana funded project with an overall aim of ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion is systematically integrated in universal health coverage in Ghana.

The project engages some key state and non-state actors which are the Ministry of Health/ Ghana Health Service, National Health Insurance Scheme, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Local Government and Rural Development, Media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Health to ensure the achievement of the overall aim.

Project implementation areas are South Dayi District in the Volta Region and Agona East and KEEA in the Central Region.

As part of the project activities, capacity of community members is being built to enable them to seek redress of gaps in the implementation of Government’s commitments, programmes and policies towards the achievement of UHC.

Universal Access to HealthCare Campaign (UAHCC)

The Ghana Universal Access to HealthCare Campaign (UAHCC) seeks to advocate for the government of Ghana to legislate for quality and accessible universal healthcare for all free at the point of use, with identified new sources of funding especially from tax and innovative finance mechanisms by 2030.

The UAHCC is a national advocacy campaign made up of local and international NGOs and led by ARHR which is the hosting organisation. Supported by Oxfam Ghana, the campaign has a reach of over 500 organizations working on health-related issues and across all ten regions of Ghana. The campaign’s main strategies include evidence generation, policy analysis, public events such as civil society mobilization, lobbying and media engagement.

Mitigating the spread and impact of covid 19 in Ashiedu Keteke (MISAICAK) Project

The MISAICAK project is a response against covid 19 and it intends to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 among residents of the Ashiedu Keteke sub-metropolitan assembly. It complements two of the five objectives outlined by the Government of Ghana to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Ghana.

Specifically, the project will, by the end of September 2020, intensify community education to ensure the prevention and spread of the virus among communities; strengthen and enhance community knowledge and attitude towards physical distancing; and advocate against fear, discrimination and stigmatization of individuals and families infected and affected by the virus.

As part of activities towards the implementation of these projects, hand washing, sanitation and hygiene products will be stationed at vantage points in the target community and sanitary practices will be enforced. The project is being funded by the French Embassy.

Adolescent Health Empowerment Project (AHEP) Project

The AHEP project which is being implemented in partnership with the City of Hope will provide adolescent girls, specifically head porters or ‘kayayei’ in Agbogbloshie, with access to reproductive health education and services amid covid 19.

The project will empower the target group through the provision of reproductive health education, sexual and gender based violence prevention information and linkages to services; undertake contraceptive demand generation activities to promote adolescents’ access to reproductive health and services; and strengthen partnerships at national and community level to deliver reproductive health education and services.

Accountability Loop Budget Advocacy (ALBA) Project

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.