The Eni Foundation Healthy Mother and Child Project
The Eni Foundation Healthy Mother and Child Project in Ghana was aimed at Strengthening Primary Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services in 3 Coastal Districts of the Western Region (Jomoro, Ellembelle and Ahanta West) with a population of approximately 388,000 inhabitants. Its goal was to support the Ghanaian Ministry of Health in order to reach the objectives laid out in the health sector strategic plan for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, now Sustainable Development Goals Target 3.1 and 3.2.
The project specific objective was to support the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality by improving accessibility to MCH services in the Project Target Areas in Jomoro, Ellembelle and Ahanta West Districts of the Western Region and increasing access to basic and emergency MCH services.
During the course of the 4-year project have been achieved important results.
The project’s expected outcomes were the extension of Community Health Services to less served areas in line with MoH CHPS strategy (8 zones); the strengthening of MCH and Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) at intermediate level (10 Health Centers); the strengthening of In-patient and emergency services, with particular regard to Comprehensive EmONC, at District Hospital Level (Half Assini GHS & Eikwe CHAG); and the reinforcement of managerial capacities at regional and district levels (Health Management Information System [HMIS], Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation [M&E]). In order to support the strengthening of the whole maternal and new born health service structure in the project’s rural target areas, the project adopted a multilayers approach with simultaneous actions at the community, sub district, district and regional/national level. In addition, a comprehensive program on primary health care development was designed to address both supply and demand of healthcare services.
Through all these actions the project intended to support improvements in the Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Adaptability of the Health Structures and to support factors affecting utilization of care and outcomes in MCH.
During the course of the 4-year project the following results have been achieved:
Overall, in the newly constructed or revamped facilities the following services have been delivered:
259,448 visits by clients (basic package of services) of which 42,033 at the CHPS level and 217,415 at the Health Center level. A total of 54,405 vaccines have been administered of which 19,363 at the CHPS level and 35,042 at the Health Center level. A total of 84,077 ANC/PNC services were also provided.