Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported Ghana’s Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service with 18 assorted medical equipment worth GHS6.5 million. The equipment is expected to enhance the provision of essential healthcare services through the Life Course Approach. Fifty districts in Ghana’s north and 1,000 functioning CHPS zones will benefit from this intervention.

The package included pulse oximeters, glucometres, haemoglobin meters and their respective strips, BP apparatus, stethoscope, weighing and height scales, dressing instrument sets, sterilizing drums, Veronica buckets, vaccine carriers and others.

This initiative is intended to support the Ghana’s effort towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage by improving access to quality health services and strengthening the network of care within the Primary Healthcare System in the five northern regions of Ghana namely Upper West, Upper East, Northern, North-East, and Savanna.

Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office Mr. Yasumichi Araki noted that, in line with JICA’s Initiative for Global Health and Medicine, the medical equipment support would help strengthen the Primary Health Care system in Ghana and ensure continuity in the provision of essential health services. He added that the equipment would strengthen Ghana’s preparedness for pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Araki acknowledged the strong collaboration among the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and JICA that had led to many impactful interventions such as improving geographical accessibility through the CHPS strategy and addressing maternal and newborn care issues and currently throughout the generation in northern Ghana.

The Director-General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye led a team of divisional directors to receive the equipment.

After Ghana recorded its first two COVID-19 cases in March 2020, and the subsequent surge in cases, Ghana faced disruptions in service delivery due to the fragile health system. To address the situation and ensure the continuity of essential health services, Ghana’s Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service requested medical equipment support through the Japan International Cooperation Agency project for strengthening community-based health services that focused on the life-course approach in Ghana’s five northern regions.

The result was a five-year project that commenced in June 2017 and will likely end in June 2022. The project leverages the well-established community health systems to promote access to quality health care for all age cohorts. It focuses on building the capacity of health professionals at the CHPS, Health center, and district hospital level to promote a healthy lifestyle, social behavior change, early detection, and prompt referral of high-risk conditions including NCDs and other diseases of public health interest.