INDEPTH launches a new malaria project titled; strengthening quality of malaria care and surveillance in Ghanaian communities
The INDEPTH Executive Director, Prof Osman Sankoh on 28th July 2017 launched a new project titled “Strengthening quality of malaria care and surveillance in Ghanaian communities.” The project is funded by Comic Relief/GSK over a period of 36 months. Prof Sankoh reiterated that the title of the project was in line with what the Ghanaian authorities themselves have been seeking to do. The project will be carried out in three regions in Ghana: Upper East Region in the Kassena Nankana district; Brong Ahafo Region in Kintampo district and Greater Accra Region; Shai- Osudoku and Ningo-Prampram districts. INDEPTH’s member centres in Ghana, Navrongo, Kintampo and Dodowa HDSSs will implement the project in their respective regions. The project will also collaborate with the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), the main entity that controls malaria in Ghana, in addition to other stakeholders. The project aims to accelerate the reduction of malaria burden among children under 10 years and pregnancy women in rural communities through a package of a) access to quality malaria care at the community; b) improved knowledge among malaria care providers; c) enhanced community demand for quality malaria care and d) quality malaria data for decision making.
- It is expected that at end of the project thee will be improved knowledge of malaria care providers (MCP - Community health officers or nurses, Licensed Chemical Sellers, Community-based workers) at the community level to test and treat malaria.
- Enhanced demand for and access to quality malaria care at the community level.
- Strengthen quality of malaria data using a health information system at the community level by malaria care providers (MCPs) and ultimately.
- Improved quality of malaria diagnosis and treatment among children <10 years old and pregnant women by malaria care providers at the community level.
A cross section of participants at the launch- 28 July 2018
Among the participants at the launch were: Dr K. P. Asante, the Director of the Kintampo Health Research Centre who is also the Principal Investigator of the Project and Dr John Williams, the Director of the Dodowa Health Research Centre. The Regional Directors comprised Dr Linda Van Otoo, Dr Timothy Letsa and Dr Kofi Issah. Among the District Directors of Health were Rev. Ebenezer Asiamah, Mrs Gifty Ofori Ansah, Mrs Alice Afua Vorleto, Dr Eric Akorlatse, Ms Juliana Anam-Erime and Mr Benjamin Aggrey together with their District Health Management Teams. The Acting National Malaria Control Programme Manager, Dr Keizia Malm and Dr Charity Binka, Executive Secretary of AMMREN, a Network of journalists, were also present with a good representation of the media. Before the launch, all the stakeholders expressed their commitment to ensuring that the project succeeds. They stressed the need for more effective communication with the communities as well as empowering and collaborating with them to own the project activities.