May 12, 2020
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As an implementing partner of SIMAVI on the Watershed Programme, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is working with rural communities in Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Area in Western Region of Ghana; to empower citizens to do lobby and advocacy on water and sanitation.
HFFG developed Community Score Card indicators with the citizens and the local government representatives that measure Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in communities. The Community Score Card is a participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of these services.
The objective of using a scorecard is to enable frank and face to face conversation in a participatory forum that engages both service users and service providers, and ultimately the goal is to positively influence the quality, efficiency and accountability with which services are provided and used.
This is a link to a Report on Community Scorecard detailing how communities scored WASH service delivery in the last quarter of 2018.
May 16, 2020
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Hope for Future Generations as part of its 20th Anniversary has launched a menstrual hygiene initiative aimed at supporting 500,000 girls with 3 million sanitary pads.
Dubbed Pads for Girls Everywhere, the initiative was officially launched on Tuesday 28th July, 2020 with a donation of 1,000 sanitary pads to about 220 girls from Kadjanya and Pediatorkope, two communities in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Speaking at the launch of the year-long intervention at Kadjanya, the Executive Director of HFFG, Cecilia Senoo explained that the project seeks to promote good menstrual hygiene management for girls (both in school and out of school) including those living with disabilities.
She indicated that HFFG by this project wants to break the negative social norms around menstruation and engage decision-makers, traditional leaders and opinion leaders to increase the political priority for Menstrual Hygiene at all levels.
“Menstruation should not be a barrier to prevent any girl from achieving her dreams. No girl should miss classes due to lack of sanitary pads. No girl should have health problems with her sexual and reproductive organ because of the use of unhygienic materials,” Mrs Senoo stated.
She called on the Government of Ghana to reduce or remove taxes on sanitary pads to make them more accessible to girls everywhere.
At Pediatorkope D/A Basic School located on an Island Community, 500 hundred sanitary pads were distributed to final year students preparing for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), as well as those out of school.
Headmaster of the Pediatorkope D/A Basic School, Mr David Numo expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will go a long way to boost the confidence of girls in the school, especially as they prepare for their exams.
Queen Mother of the Adibiawe clan in the Ada traditional area, Naana Adiki Manyeyo Adi at a community durbar thanked HFFG for choosing Ada as one of the beneficiaries of the intervention. She encouraged parents to be committed to the provision of the basic needs of their daughters to ensure that they harness their full potentials.
“I thank Hope for Future Generations for donating the pads to us. I thank them for also educating our parents to ensure we have sanitary pads. This will keep us healthy,” Gifty, a final-year pupil of the Pediatorkope D/A Basic School stated.
September 06, 2020
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The Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) for Women in Mining Communities under the Golden Line Programme has yielded GHC120, 650.00 from July to December, 2019 and GHC 202,500.00 from January to July, 2020.
Four hundred and nine (409) women in 8 programme communities benefited from loans at an interest rate of 10% in 2019 and part of 2020 under Phase B of the 5- year intervention. The intervention seeks to create an enabling/supportive environment to empower women in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in the Western Region of Ghana, to improve their opportunities to engage in economic activities, decision making and sexual reproductive health and rights.
Women in mining communities face a multitude of challenges in sustaining their livelihoods, ranging from skills, access to market, alternative livelihoods and opportunities for growth. Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) as one of the local implementing NGOs representing Simavi on the Golden Line Programme, in 2019, supported Twenty-Six (26) Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs) in 8 programme communities to mobilize funds through savings in the form of share purchase into a loan fund. As a result, the groups gave out loans of One hundred & Twenty thousand, six hundred & fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC120,650.00) to one hundred & seventy-two (172) women.
In 2020 from January to July, the same VSLA mobilized two hundred and two thousand, five hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC202,500.00) and gave out as loans to two hundred and thirty-seven (237) women from their Associations for income generation activities at an interest rate of 10%. These sum up to a total of three hundred and twenty-three thousand, one hundred and fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC323, 150.00) from their savings given out as loans to members.
Out of this money, one hundred and seventy-four thousand, four hundred and sixty-three Ghana Cedis, 15 pesewas (GHC174,463.15) was shared out to one hundred and eighty-four (184) women according to their savings at the end of 1 year. It is interesting to know that Fifty-three (53) women from two (2) Village Savings and Loans Associations under Phase A groups also shared out one hundred and twenty thousand, four hundred and twenty-five (GHC120,425.00).
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. Some Phase A women have built houses ranging from one to four rooms and others have also employed people for skills training and even paid for their skills training through their share-out money at the end of one year.
Periodically, HFFG staff invites the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) Officers of the Municipal/District Assemblies to train and sensitize VSLA women in their communities on business skills, alternative sources of income and what the BAC does to support people, especially women. This also created links between BAC and VSLA women for continuous mutual benefit. As a result of the linkage, BAC provided VSLA women with information on opportunities to access matching funds from Amenfiman and Fiaseman Rural Banks. The individual pays 40% of the value and receive 60% as grant by BAC under National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).
Gender and SRHR under the Golden Line project
The Golden Line Programme is working on household financial planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), the value of women in the household, gender equality, the management of stressful situations and the effects of gender based violence on women’s wellbeing. In view of this, VSLA women and their partners were taken through 8 weeks gender discussion series which led participants through a process in which they reflected on their own experiences, attitudes and behaviours in order to create conditions for women to make decisions about the household, and their own SRH, while remaining free from violence within their own homes. This has resulted in partners now planning together for their families and women’s contribution in the homes has been acknowledged by men.
Male Involvement in SRHR
HFFG staff also trained eight (8) males as agents to support women interventions in communities under engaging men in accountable practice (EMAP) with the aim of eradicating violence against women and girls. The 8 males are acting as Male Ambassadors/Allies of the programme in the communities to prevent violence against women and girls. At the community level, groups (both male and female groups) were taken through 8 weeks activities for women and 16 weeks activities for men. EMAP took participants through activities that reduce harmful behaviours and increase gender equality in the home. It also gives men the tools and knowledge to rethink of belief systems and prevent violence against women and girls, use the voices of women in the community and provide women with opportunities to reflect on violence in their lives and communities. According to women and men in Golden Line Programme communities, EMAP has resulted in a reduction in violence in the homes.
Effective Health Care Delivery
The programme team again trained the VSLA women and health workers on social accountability for effective and efficient health care delivery in 8 programme communities. After the training, both the women and health workers assessed health service delivery in health facilities through the use of scorecards. After the scoring, impediments in health service delivery were identified. Some issues that could be solved were handled at the community level through dialogue sessions and those above community level were referred to key stakeholders. In view of this, a multi-stakeholder validation/dialogue meeting was organized on the outcome of score cards analysis for networking and improved health care service, especially SRHR. The stakeholders said they were happy with Golden Line activities and would make sure that issues of concern will be worked on to improve health service delivery as expected.
April 13, 2021
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After a eighteen (18) months of championing advocacy to end malaria in Ghana and Africa, the Youth Leaders for Health (YL4H) programme, a joint initiative by RESULTS-UK, Hope for Future Generations, CISMAT-SL (Sierra Leone), Health Promotion Tanzania- HDT and WACI Health has marked its official close-out event to end the programme.
The close-out event was held in Accra at the Coconut Grove Hotel on 24th March 2021. In attendance were the Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo and the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo-Ofosu.
The short ceremony highlighted the achievements of the youth leaders programme, the activities implemented as well as sharing of experiences and lessons learnt over the period.
The Youth leaders seized the opportunity to also call on the Government of Ghana to increase its domestic funding and resources to end malaria.
Eleven Youth Leaders from Ghana were presented with citations for their participation in and contribution to the success of the Youth Leaders for Health programme in the country.
Also, solidarity messages were taken from Rosemary Mburu of WACI Health and Pushpanath Krishnamurthy from Results UK where they both urged the leaders to continue voicing out for change.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo-Ofosu urged the Youth Leaders to take advantage of the networks built over the period of their advocacy to drive future partnerships in malaria programming. He encouraged all to not relent in their quest to impact lives positively but to continue the advocacy even as the project ends.
The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations, Mrs. Senoo, congratulated the Youth Leaders for demonstrating great abilities in advocacy and leadership over the period. She entreated them to see the end as the beginning in order to maintain the momentum in the work. She presented the HFFG organisational cloth to all the Youth Leaders, which she explained is a gesture that they are part and welcomed into the organisation.
The Youth Leaders for Health Programme has achieved among others:
To read more on the YL4H programme click here.
April 08, 2021
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Adolescent reproductive issues continue to be a challenge in the country characterized by misconceptions, socio-cultural barriers, lack of access to adequate and accurate information about sexual and reproductive health leading to high-risk activities including unprotected sex and its related problems.
With Funding support from UNESCO, Hope For Future Generations liaised with key government and community stakeholders, including Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, parents among others to select and train twenty young people to serve as agents for HIV prevention. They provide accurate and adequate information about Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues in ten project beneficiary communities across the Sunyani East and Berekum East Municipalities.
As agents of change, these twenty young and out of school adolescent/young people have devoted their time and energy to support HIV prevention using small groups and one-on-one peer education/peer counseling. Though the activity is ongoing, a total of 344 young people have been reached with information on HIV prevention as at March 30th 2021. Out of the number reached, 228 are females and 116 males. Young people living with HIV were targeted with information on positive living, adherence to treatment, nutrition among other things.
Other activities conducted under the project include:
April 08, 2021
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Having successfully led the implementation of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) intervention under the WAPCAS/Global Fund grant, New Funding Model II (NFMII), between 2018 and 2020, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) has again been selected as a sub-recipient with the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) as the principal recipient to lead the HIV component of the Global Fund New Funding Model III (NFMIII) grant from January 2021 to December 2023.
The NFMIII is a continuation of NFM2, building on the key achievements, successes and lessons learned. While the objectives and goals for NFM3 remain the same as that of NFMIII (click here to learn more about the goals and objectives) there is a scale up to include more regions and districts. The project now covers all the 16 regions in Ghana with HFFG leading the implementation of the HIV component in nine (9) regions which are as follows: Oti, Volta, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Western North, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions. In these regions, one hundred and twelve (112) districts and one hundred and forty-three (143) health facilities are listed to benefit from the NFM3 grant.
Additionally, the HIV component under the NFMIII grant has been expanded to include a diverse community of cadres particularly, adolescents as Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS), Mentor Mothers intervention as well as NACP Case Managers who will strengthen the linkage between the volunteers and their facilities towards achieving the 95-95-95 HIV targets. This will ensure a holistic approach to addressing the various needs of all HIV community members.
Work on NFM3 has begun with an orientation for all project officers under the grant. The one-day training took place at the head office of HFFG on 2nd February 2021. Project Officers were taken through the goal, roadmap of the CSS, their roles and responsibilities as well as strategies, best practices and targets for the NFMIII. Again, all Staff have been oriented on the Global Fund Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Human Rights Policies and all other relevant policies of the Global Fund.
The project team has also conducted a familiarization visit to all selected districts/municipalities for the implementation of NFMIII as well as introducing the current phase of the project to all District Health Management Teams and In-charges of all health facilities in which the project already existed.
February 12, 2021
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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.
At the end of the project, HFFG and its development partner, PAI, expects:
January 13, 2021
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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.
December 28, 2020
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Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) and The PsyKForum have, in consortium, secured a project with the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie to provide psychosocial support for health workers and Persons with Mental Disability during this COVID-19 period. The Grantor of the project is Options Consultancy services.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported by the World Health Organization late December, 2019, and since then thousands and even millions of people have been infected, with high deaths recorded in many countries. Nations put in a lot of emergency measures to curtail the spread of the disease including risk communication, surveillance, contact tracing and providing targeted medical services. Some nations had to lock down to avoid further infections and to control the disease. With many unknown facts about transmission, except through droplets, many efforts focused on social and physical distancing.
Ghana recorded its first two cases of coronavirus on the 12th of March, 2020, and by 15th December, 2020, Ghana had recorded 53,270 cases. The results of a survey done in selected suburbs in Accra showed that many people do not wear face/nose masks correctly in public. With the way COVID-19 spreads, Government and the people of Ghana need to strengthen response and observe all the protocols needed to keep infections low or eradicate it.
Why the Focus on Persons with Disability and Health Workers?
People with Disabilities (PWDs) can be termed as vulnerable and are usually not able to access health information with the ease that others do. Some PWDs have mobility problems while others have hearing or visual impairments, hence are not able to take advantage of the availability of information with the ease that others do. Persons with Mental Disability are often not targeted for medical interventions to enable them access information and medical services with ease. COVID-19 produces its own stress factors which can worsen already existing mental stress and hence there is the need to focus on providing services to mitigate this effect.
Health workers are front liners for the fight against COVID-19. They support surveillance activities and provide medical care in various capacities at the various designated hospitals in the country. The fear of COVID-19, the anxiety of providing care for a COVID-19 patient and increased work load, have the possibility of triggering mental health issues.
The main objectives of the project are:
The project districts/sub districts include Klottey Korle, Ga East, Ayawaso West, and Ledzorkuku-Krowor 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, all in the Greater Accra Region; and Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital and St Martins De Pores Hospital in the Western Region.
Hope for Future Generations is happy to partner with The PsyKForum and Ghana Somubi Dwumadie in delivering this needed intervention. It is hoped that through the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie support, help will go to helpers and Persons with Mental Disability will be supported to seek medical care and information.
October 09, 2020
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About the CSO Platform on SDGs
The Ghana Civil Society (CSO) Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was established in October 2015 to ensure more coordinated civil society efforts in achieving the SDGs in Ghana.
The CSOs platform was institutionalised in May 2016 and includes more than 150 member organisations, consisting of coalitions, associations, unions, community-based organisations, local, national and international non-governmental organisations, and religious groups.
Membership cuts across the 216 districts of Ghana and is divided into 17 SDG sub-platforms, one for each of the 17 goals. Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is a member of the platform and the co-convener for the SDG 5 platform.
Vision and Mission of the Platform
The vision of the CSOs platform is to be the coordinating platform for CSOs in Ghana in pursuit of achieving the SDGs by 2030. The CSOs platform’s mission is to bring civil society organisations across Ghana together to foster joint efforts, partnerships with key stakeholders and effective advocacy for achieving the SDGs at the national, regional and international levels.
The governing body of the CSOs platform is a 34-member National Steering Committee(SC) made up of a convener and one appointed co-convener from each of the 17sub-platforms – HFFG is the co-convenor of the SDG 5 platform. HFFG and its co-convenor are therefore responsible for coordinating activities and joint efforts of the sub-platforms, and also represent the sub-platforms.
All conveners are national CSOs; co-conveners and members are a combination of international, national and local non-governmental organisations. All conveners, co-conveners and members are organisations with a proven track record of implementing projects and activities related to the SDGs.
The daily activities of the CSOs platform are coordinated by a coordinator with support from co-chairpersons.
The platform is contributing to achieving the SDGs by: