Thirty District Directors of Health, District Planning officers and District Information officers in the Eastern region will be the next batch of persons to be trained on the use of a health services tracking platform in Koforidua from the 15th to 16th of June 2017.
The SEND-Ghana, Penplusbytes and Ghana News Agency consortium implementing the 5-year USAID funded “People for Health” (P4H) project is set to deliver this next batch of training for its network of health service providers and other stakeholders. Participants under this training are expected to leverage a technology platform to engage and send feedback to each other and citizens about access to and quality of health services at point of delivery. Participants will be equipped with the requisite skills to become “platform champions” who will in turn provide training and guidance to other users.
The interactive platform purposely built for the P4H project is mainly to provide and share information on maternal and child health/family planning, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and HIV/AIDS health service delivery at the district, regional and national levels. It is also to provide a non-human interface means of reporting cases of stigmatization and discrimination in receiving proper health care especially among key populations and people living with HIV/AIDS.
According to the Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Kwami Ahiabenu II, “the technology used for the platform is user friendly and is basic enough for every citizen to use with ease. This training is to equip users with basic knowledge on how to collect information to improve healthcare delivery.”
The USAID “People for Health (P4H)” Project is being implemented in 20 districts in four regions of Ghana and seeks to strengthen organisational and institutional capacities of government and civil society organisations (CSOs) for mutual accountability in health, HIV, water, sanitation and hygiene, family planning and nutrition policy formulation and implementation.
The project’s ultimate goal is to deliver tangible results in the improvement of health indicators and more importantly ensure that key populations have bias free and equal access to quality health services across the country.
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.