ECOWAS Health Meeting begins in Accra

By
Robert Anane, GNA

Accra, April 8, GNA –
The Second ECOWAS Best Practices Forum in Health opened in Accra on Monday to
review Good Practices identified by Ghana after the Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast
meeting in 2016

The two-day meeting
would select the good practices and develop a national plan on scaling up.

Mr. Kwaku
Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, recalled that the Forum on Good Practices in
Health was recommended by the 15th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS
Assembly of Health Ministers, which was held in Monrovia in April, 2014.

He said its key
purpose was to promote and disseminate Good Practices in health for enhanced
efficiency programmes.

It emphasises on
promoting the sharing of experiences, mobilising and aligning all key
stakeholders with regional and national priorities, stimulating change for
appropriate reforms in health systems and monitoring and evaluating progress by
member countries, in the replication and scaling up of Good Practices in
health.

The Minister whose
speech was read on his behalf also recalled that the theme for the second
edition of the Forum on Good Practices was “Promoting Innovations in
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, in connection
with the Sustainable Development Goals”.

He said Ghana
presented five abstracts – Implementation of Community-based Health Planning
and Services in Ghana; Alternative Birthing Position; Pregnancy School in Ghana;
Community Emergency Transport System; and Employee Assistance Programme
Initiative.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said
the way forward was for countries to identify up to three good practices for
implementation.

He said Ghana,
accordingly, requested financial and technical support for the West African
Health Organisation in January 2017, to establish a Health Information
Management System at the Ministry of Health, Community Emergency Transport
System at Wa-West District of the Upper West Region, an Employee Assistance
Programme for Health Workers in Ghana and Birthing Chairs.

“The high hopes we had
initially dwindled with the passage of time until the past few weeks, when the
topic was revisited”, the Minister said.

He said “it is our
belief that the implementation of the above good practises in health would
significantly improve delivery of health care and quality health data, for
planning, policy formulation and decision making.”

He expressed gratitude
to the West African Health Organisation for supporting the forum, and said he
believed that the meeting, would yield conclusions that would best support and
promote best practices in health within the sub-region.

Dr. Olorunda Joseph
Olugbenga, Professional Officer, Division of Human Resources Development for
Health, West African Health Organisation, said the main aim of the meeting was
to identify “what works and what does not” with health specific support.

He urged participants
to follow up on conclusions of the meeting, and implement them, accordingly.

The meeting is being
participated by representatives from the Ministry of Health, West African
Health Organisation, and a number of health organisations and bodies.

GNA

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