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Experienced Ghanaian social worker and The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Mrs. Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo, an experienced Ghanaian social worker has been selected to become a member of the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board (DCNGO) 2021-2023.

The Developing Country NGO Delegation is one of three civil society constituencies on the Global Fund Board and represents the perspectives of NGOs and NGO implementers in over 100 recipient countries.

The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has disbursed more than US$45.4 billion in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and for programs to strengthen systems for health across more than 155 countries, including Ghana.

The Developing Country NGO delegation aims to contribute to and influence Global Fund policies and practices in an effort to make them continually and appropriately responsive to the needs of people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and the NGOs and community based organizations (CBOs) providing services and support to address these diseases.

Mrs. Senoo’s selection was announced in a letter co-signed by Andriy Klepikov, Board Member and Alternate Board Member, Carolyn Gomes.

“On behalf of the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board (DCNGO), we are pleased to invite you to become a member of the delegation for 2021- 2023, following your excellent application and thoughtful interview,” the letter partly read.

Commenting on the selection, Mrs. Senoo said, she is elated to be invited to join the Board. “It is a call to service to our communities, constituencies and countries to ensure better health outcomes for all. This position  will offer me the opportunity to contribute to Global Fund policies and advocate for support to CSO networks, youth networks, to actively participate in Global Fund grant implementation. It is time to work together to achieve the Global targets for HIV, TB and malaria.”, Mrs Senoo added.

Mrs Cecilia Senoo is the first woman to chair the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund in Ghana. In this capacity, Mrs Senoo led the HIV, Malaria and TB response in Ghana with the support of the CCM Secretariat.

Mrs. Cecilia Senoo is skilled in national and international advocacy, gender programming and has over 25 years expertise in NGO management, Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions, psychosocial counselling and HIV and AIDS programming.

The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations is also a Board Member of the Ghana Population Council and a founding member of the Non-State Actors on Health and Development in Ghana.

She is a Technical Advisor to the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA Ghana), an organization that has given hope to hundreds of Persons Living with HIV in Ghana.



As a key component of Primary Health Care, the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) initiative was instituted in Ghana over two decades ago to strengthen health care delivery at the community level by establishing CHPS compounds as the first point of contact and entry point to the health system.

It provides a vehicle for delivery of primary health care services at the community level as community members engage in decision making concerning their own health (GHS 2016). This is in line with global objectives of universal health coverage that all people have access to quality health care when and where they need it without financial challenges.

The success of CHPS depends on active participation of communities in the process of planning, designing and implementing health service delivery at the community level.

To achieve this, Community Health Management Committees (CHMCs) often comprising traditional leaders, opinion leaders and respected people in the communities, are formed to provide community level guidance and mobilization for the planning and delivery of health activities, including facilitating the work of Community Health Volunteers and to see to the welfare of Community Health Officers.

However, in most CHPS zones or communities, the CHMCs are either not in existence or are not functioning effectively. 

The community’s role in CHPS has historically been weak as a result of the community members insufficiently understanding their roles (MoH, 2014).

Addressing the Problem

With funding from Population Action International (PAI), HFFG is implementing a 5-months project that aims to revamp and reconstitute CHMCs and build the capacities of eight CHMCs within the Ada and Prampram districts of Ghana by May 2021.

Trained CHMCs will be guided to develop action plans to address health issues affecting their communities. Five organized groups will also be engaged to foster inclusion, non-discrimination and access to essential health services by May 2021.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the project, HFFG and its development partner, PAI, expects:

  • Active and functional Community Health Management Committees (CHMC) playing their complementary roles to ensure successful CHPS implementation at the community level
  • Active and functional Community Health Management Committees (CHMC) mobilizing resources to ensure successful CHPS implementation
  • An increase in awareness and knowledge of primary health care, leading to an improved utilization of essential health services.


Press Release

As Ghana joins the rest of the world to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we are, as a national women-focused, community-based non-governmental organization, calling on the government of Ghana and other key stakeholders not to overlook the impact of cervical cancer on women in Ghana.

As we commemorate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2021, we urge the government of Ghana to invest in interventions that mitigate the impact of cervical cancer which is the leading and most common female cancer among women in Ghana. Data from the HPV Information Centre estimates that about “3,151 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Ghana, and despite the fact it is preventable and treatable, it is estimated that over 2000 cervical cancer deaths are recorded in Ghana annually”. This is why we believe that attention should still be paid to the cervical cancer response even as we combat Covid-19.

We are calling on the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and all allied agencies to ensure there is the availability of affordable essential medicines and technologies required to control all forms of cancers among women.

Cervical cancer is treatable when diagnosed early so there should be equity in access to quality cancer services throughout the country. Many women in Ghana do not access cervical cancer screening or treatment because they are unable to pay. To us, this is not right and for that matter, the country should explore means to include cervical cancer treatment in the National Health Insurance Scheme.  

Life-saving cancer diagnosis and treatment should be available for all. Thus, we emphasize that no Ghanaian woman’s chances of surviving cervical cancer should be based on her ability to pay for health services or not.

According to a study led by Dr Kofi Effah of the Obstetric and Gynaecological Department at the Cervical Cancer Screening and Training Center, Catholic Hospital, Battor, Ghana, approximately two-thirds (65.97%) of cervical cancer cases are presented at hospitals in their advanced stage. Awareness and early detection through regular screening will reduce this and ensure women receive intervention so cervical lesions do not develop into full-blown cancer.

The World Health Organization further notes that women living with HIV have a six-fold increased risk of cervical cancer when compared to women without HIV. HFFG also recommended that cervical cancer screening should be integrated into HIV-programming for women and girls living with HIV at all levels of HIV treatment cascade.

As we mark World Cancer Day today, we encourage Ghanaian women, aged 21 years and above to regularly screen for cervical cancer to avert late-stage presentation of the disease.

World Cancer Day is celebrated each year on 4 February to raise awareness on all forms of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This year’s theme, “I can, we can” acknowledges that everyone has the capacity to address the cancer burden.

According to the World Health Organization, globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women with an estimated 570,000 new cases in 2018 representing 7.5% of all female cancer deaths.

We are committed to increasing awareness and uptake of screening by Ghanaian women. In 2018, HFFG initiated a Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening intervention aimed at reaching Ghanaian women with information on Cervical Cancer screening services.

As part of this, HFFG sponsored three nurses to be trained at the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre in Battor, Ghana. These nurses assist in the identification of precancerous lesions in women through community outreaches.

~HFFG~



Malaria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages and low birth weight babies among pregnant women. In 2003, Ghana adopted the Intermittent Preventive Treatment during Pregnancy (IPTp) strategy using Sulphadoxine and Pyrimethamine (SP), together with the use of insecticides treated nets, for the prevention of malaria in pregnancy.

In the Twifo Atimokwa in the Central Region of Ghana, HFFG in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service, is implementing a National Malaria Control Intervention which focuses on ensuring the correct and consistent use of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) among pregnant women and also encouraging them to seek Antenatal clinic services and comply with national recommendations for treatment of malaria in pregnancy.

From 2019 to September  2020, about 30,000 community members including pregnant women were also reached with malaria prevention and treatment information through house to house education, community sensitization, durbars and mobile van announcements.



SEARCH FOR A CONSULTANT TO PRODUCE ANTI –STIGMA MESSAGES FOR A PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR HEALTH WORKERS AND PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL DISABILITY

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) and The PsyKForum Consortium have secured a project with the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie project and are searching for a Consultant to produce anti-stigma messages for the project. The Grantor of the project is Options Consultancy services. The main objectives of the project are to:

  • To establish an accessible and friendly psychosocial support for 500 health workers and their families on COVID-19 related work stress in the Greater Accra and Western regions.
  • To improve access to health care of people with disability in the greater Accra and Western regions in this COVID-19 Era through sensitization of their needs among 500 health workers
  • To reduce stigma and discrimination at health facilities towards people with COVID-19 in the Greater Accra and Western regions including people living with disability.

The project districts/sub districts include Klottey Korle, Ga East, Ayawaso West, and Ledzokuku-Krowo in the Greater Accra Region; Sekondi-Takoradi and Ellembelle in the Western Region.

The selected hospitals are Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Police Hospital, University of Ghana Medical Centre, LEKMA Hospital and Ga East Municipal Hospital, Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital and St Martins De Pores Hospital respectively.

EXPECTED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

The Consultant is expected to demonstrate experience in producing both print and electronic Behaviour Change Communication Materials for similar projects.

Samples of previous work should be submitted

Deadline for Submission: 23rd December, 2020

Interested persons should send their expression of interest to:

info@hffg.org or send it in person to:

Hope for Future Generations

Physical address:

House no. C435/14

Odotei Tsui Loop, Adjacent Ghana Refugee Board

Bayere Junction, Dzorwulu, Accra



Title: Psychosocial Needs Assessment of Frontline Workers Responding to Covid-19

Purpose              

To facilitate the development of Psychosocial Interventions to reduce Covid-19 related psychosocial distress and illnesses among frontline health workers and improve access to health care for people living with disabilities including mental disability

Location

Greater Accra and Western Regions

Duration             

24 November – 8th December  2020

Reporting  to HFFG/The PsyKForum Consortium

Deadline to submit Expression of Interest – 20th November, 2020

Scope of Work

  1. Design and develop a brief but detailed Instrument to conduct the psychosocial Needs Assessment of Frontline Workers in the selected regions of Ghana
  2. Include in the Instrument items to capture the modalities for the establishment of a Peer-Support System
  3. Include in the design options for the Survey Instrument to be administered electronically
  4. Use instrument to conduct the Needs Assessment
  5. Conduct analysis of data obtained and write a report of survey outcome

Key Deliverables

  1. A hard and Soft Copy of Survey Findings Report
  2. Detailed Mechanism for the establishment of a Peer Support System
  3. Recommendations for the development of Psychosocial Interventions for Frontline Workers
  4. Recommendations for the establishment of  a Referral and Crisis Support System for Frontline Workers

Background and Rationale

Healthcare workers are at the forefront of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency response. They are exposed to different hazards that put them at high risk of infection and are likely to experience physical and mental fatigue and stigma. With the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems in Ghana and around the world are working at full capacity, and this increases the risks for both health workers and the most vulnerable populations, including persons with disability who may face further barriers to access the health care and services they need.  

The HFFG/The PsyKForum Consortium has received funding from Options Consultancy Services under the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie Project to provide Psychosocial Support to assist health workers to take care of their emotional and mental wellbeing and to ensure they are supported to provide care to people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities. 

This Consultancy is to help determined the Psychosocial Needs of Health Workers on the frontlines of Ghana’s Covid-19 response in different settings and facilities within the health system (in the aforementioned Regions) as a precursor to the development of Psychosocial interventions to address identified needs.

Expected Background and Experience

 The Consultant (Individual/Institution) would ideally possess:

  1. Practical and technical competencies in conducting public health Surveys at local and national levels in Ghana
  2. Extensive experience in Statistical Analysis
  3. At least a Master’s degree in Applied Health Statistics/ Psychology/Public Health/or any of the Behavioural Sciences
  4. The Ability work under pressure and to meet short deadlines without compromising quality of outputs
  5. Strong communication skills
  6. Experience of engagement with the health sector at both local and high levels
  7. Ability to engage varied levels, interpersonal and analytical skills
  8. Ability to work with diverse teams

Payment Terms  and Method

 This is a fixed cost payment and the schedule is as follows:

  1. 30% on inception – on submission and deployment of Survey Instrument and raised Invoice
  2. 70% on Submission and Acceptance of Final Findings Report including Recommendations
  3. Payment Method is by Cheque

Send application and relevant documents to  info@hffg.org

Hope For Future Generations

Odotei Tsui Loop, adjacent Ghana Refugee Board,
Dzorwulu, Accra East

GPS: GA-121-2572

(+233 (0) 303 971 433 / 303 971 435



Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is calling on the government to facilitate the removal of cultural practices that expose adolescent girls to sexual exploitation.

According to the Ghana AIDS Commission SP, 2020-2024, three in four new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are girls while young women between the ages 15 and 24 years are twice likely to get HIV.

UNAIDS Data, 2019 also says about 160 young women aged 15-24 become infected with HIV in the West African Sub-Region each day.

As the world marks the 2020 International Girl Day, themed, ‘My voice, our equal future’, Hope for Future Generations in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Cecilia Senoo called on all key stakeholders especially the government to “facilitate the removal of structural barriers such as gender inequality, gender-based violence that make girls or women vulnerable.”

The NGO highlighted cultural practices such as child, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence, poverty, lack of education as contributing factors making females disproportionately affected by HIV, STIs, and teenage pregnancy.

The NGO also called for reforms in “norms that shun discussion of sexuality and reproduction and norms that oppose the provision of sexual reproductive health rights and services to adolescents.”

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is a national community-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the health and socio-economic status of women, children, and young people through innovative and acceptable participatory strategies.



The Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Mrs. Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo, has been  honoured with an award for her unwavering passion for upholding the rights and well-being of the vulnerable, especially women and children in Ghana.

Mrs. Cecilia Senoo was presented with an honorary award at the maiden Humanitarian Awards Ghana (HAG), an event held at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on 3rd October, 2020.

Speaking at the event on the theme “Celebrating Change Makers,” the special Guest of Honour, Francisca Duncan Williams said the Humanitarian Awards Ghana seeks to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s (Ghana) extraordinary individuals and groups who are positively impacting the lives of people, nature and society.

“We believe that in putting the spotlight on these humanitarian efforts, it will not only celebrate them but help build a strong platform for them by giving voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters while building a positive attitude,” said the event organizers.

Commenting on the award, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo dedicated the award to the hundreds of beneficiaries, donor partners and national stakeholders, HFFG Staff and volunteers who have worked with the organization since its inception in 2001.

Other change-makers honoured at the event were Professor Kofi Agyekum of the School of Performing Arts (SPA) University of Ghana, and renowned broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti of GDA Media.

Hope for Future Generations is a national community based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that has over the past 19 years, been at the forefront of various community interventions aimed at realizing a nation free of discrimination where women, children and young people have equal opportunities to develop their full potential.

Since 2001, HFFG under the leadership of Mrs. Cecilia Senoo has positively impacted the lives of over 2,000,000 women, children and young people including those living with disabilities and HIV across the 16 Regions of Ghana through various interventions like: Primary Health Care, governance and institutional effectiveness, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods.

Since 2016, HFFG has reached over 22,000 young people including those living with HIV, with comprehensive SRHR information at the community level to ensure that they fully enjoy their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and stand up against harmful practices like child marriage, rape, Gender based violence and other cultural norms that affect young people and women.

Through the WAPCAS/Global Fund NFM II project, HFFG has mobilized 350 young persons living with HIV across Ghana, and is empowering them to adhere to their treatment, voice out their concerns and advocate to be included in the decision-making process at all levels. Members of the group have also been empowered with entrepreneurial skills to enable them generate income for their up keep.

In the Western Region of Ghana, HFFG being one of the local implementing NGOs on the Golden Line Programme has supported four hundred and nine (409) women in 8 programme communities to benefit from soft loans at an interest rate of 10%  through Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs). As a result of the Golden Line Programme, some women have started new businesses like provision/grocery shops, local chop bars, drinking spots, pastries, soap and beads making among others while others have improved on their old businesses.

Mrs. Senoo is skilled in national and international advocacy, gender programming and has over 25 years expertise in NGO management, Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions, psychosocial counselling, HIV and AIDS programming, Competency-Based Trainings, Participatory Learning for Action with strong advocacy skills, project development and implementation.

She was the first woman to Chair the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund. In this capacity, Mrs. Senoo led the HIV, Malaria and TB response in Ghana with the support of the CCM Secretariat and members. She still plays key roles in the CCM and in the response in the 3 disease areas (HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria)Mrs. Senoo is a Board member of the National Population Council and also a Technical Advisor of Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA).

HFFG is the current convener of Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) CSO sub-platform, coordinating the collective action of NGOs promoting gender equality together, with the National Development Planning Commission to achieve the SDG 2030 Goal 5 target.

She is a member of Global Fund Advocacy Network (GFAN) Africa and a focal person for WACI Health in Ghana.



COVID-19 struck and disrupted health, school, businesses, travel, play, prayer, and livelihoods. We have had to make decisions that affect our health in a way only seen and done in health facilities. While going out to the shop, we have to wear a mask, sanitize our hands and ensure the body temperature is right. COVID-19 has reminded us basic facts – that we must first secure our health to be able to deal with other facets of our lives. Public health is a pre-requisite to social, economic and political stability. That leads me to emphasizing that investing in population-based services for preventing, detecting and responding to disease is needed for development.

Governments must then increase investments in health.

When countries were put in lock down, access to healthcare services dwindled. People were afraid of going to health facilities when they fell ill for fear of having COVID-19. Stigma. There was fear of catching COVID-19 at the health facility. This has resulted in the possibility of increased incidence of other diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria presenting fresh and unprecedented health challenges.

HIV, TB and malaria services were largely disrupted during the lockdown. A modelling report by the Stop TB Partnership indicates that as a result, global TB incidence and deaths in 2021 would increase to levels last seen in between 2013 and 2016 respectively – implying a setback of at least 5 to 8 years in the fight against TB, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A report by UNAIDS posits that the HIV response could be set back further, by 10 years or more, where COVID-19 has caused severe disruptions. Malaria prevention programmes were interrupted such as in delayed distribution of mosquito nets. 

Schools have been closed for months and gladly, they are gradually re-opening. For out-of-school girls, this can mean greater risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy, forced marriage and HIV infection. The longer a girl is out of school, the less likely that she will return. The level of risk is enormous.

Countries must then focus on how best to accelerate the restoration of services, to bring the disease burden under control.

Measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and malaria should involve a combination of intensive community engagement and maintaining awareness of the importance of services to defeat the three diseases while emerging from the COVID-19 response. Programs must identify and address gender inequalities in their design and response. One approach is to meaningfully engage women, supporting primary healthcare services needed to reduce child and maternal mortality; and supporting caregivers, who are mostly women, caring for those who fall ill from COVID-19 or other causes. Gender barriers to health must be removed.

Further, as we tackle COVID-19, health advocates, partners and governments must ensure that the response to COVID-19 includes strategies and lessons learned from the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and resources are allocated towards this. Human rights must be protected; stigma and discrimination must be addressed. The available COVID-19 resources must ensure equitable access to screening, testing and treatment. When treatment and a vaccine is found, it should be available to everyone, one everywhere for free. So that no one is left behind.

This calls for a solid global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 technologies.

Lastly, COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic. The next pandemic must find us better prepared, ready with strong and resilient health systems with a strong focus on primary healthcare founded on strong community health systems. A rights-based, equitable, people-centered system that is conscious of other factors that affect health and wellbeing such as climate change, food and housing.

To achieve these successes, Governments must invest additional domestic resources for health to build back better for a healthier and safer future. Governments must consider health as an investment in human capital in the realization that health is a key factor to the development of our country.

We unite to fight and the beat continues for efficient, effective and affordable healthcare for everyone, everywhere.

Author ~ Cecilia Senoo

Founder and Executive Director, HFFG