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After 15 years of consistent declines in malaria cases and deaths, the last 3 years have seen progress slowing, with many countries now experiencing a challenging increase in malaria cases.

There are many reasons for this increase, including a reduction in funding to reduce malaria, less urgency about the impact of malaria within affected countries and increased anti-malaria drug resistance.

RESULTS the UK, a UK based organization that seeks to end health related problems and poverty are working alongside Hope for Future Generations (Ghana), CISMAT-SL (Sierra Leone), Health Promotion Tanzania- HDT and WACI Health to run a one-year Youth Leaders for Health (YL4H) programme in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Developing own campaign and running campaigning activities such as hosting events attended by politicians and decision-makers, petitions to national Governments and speaking to the media to increase support for eradicating malaria and universal health coverage both in locally and globally.

Developing own campaign and running campaigning activities such as hosting events attended by politicians and decision-makers, petitions to national Governments and speaking to the media to increase support for eradicating malaria and universal health coverage both in locally and globally.

The COVID-19 outbreak is predicted to have significant impact on the entire population globally. In the words of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the “pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in health systems, social protections and public services.”

As part of strategies to complement Government’s efforts to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on women, children and other the vulnerable groups, HFFG is partnering a number of organizations, District and Municipal Assemblies and Ghana Health Service and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) across all the sixteen regions of Ghana to implement a number of interventions.

These strategies seek to address stigma, misinformation on COVID-19 and provide support to community members, especially marginalized and vulnerable groups.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has presented an award to Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) for its supportive role in advancing the well-being of women in Ghana.

This recognition was given to HFFG at a Dinner and Awards ceremony held in Accra as part of celebrations to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.  The awards ceremony was to honor and appreciate some individuals and deserving institutions for their immense contributions to the quest for gender equality and women empowerment in Ghana.  It was on the theme: ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’.

A citation presented to HFFG by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison said “Hope for Future Generations has been supportive of all health-related activities of the Department of Gender as well as International Women’s Day”.

The Ministry congratulated the Executive Director of HFFG, Mrs Cecilia Senoo for her role in helping a lot of women and youth in the national Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis response.

Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison in a keynote address said the awards ceremony is in line with the Ministry’s resolve to motivate and honour deserving individuals, institutions and media houses who have contributed to achieving gender equality in Ghana.

The Director for the Department of Gender, Rev. Dr. Comfort Asare              mentioned that the ceremony is also to bring to fore the exceptional strides that some young ladies from poor backgrounds have made despite all challenges that confronted them but being able to make it successfully. She therefore called on all other women to strive for success no matter the circumstance they find themselves.

The Executive Director of HFFG, Mrs Cecilia Senoo in a response to the recognition thanked Gender Ministry and the Department of Gender for the recognition, promising HFFG’s continuous support to improve the lives of women.

HFFG has over the last 18 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.

Hope for Future Generations is an implementing partner of the USAID-funded Ghana’s strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project and it is responsible for activities in the Awutu Senya East Municipal and the Agona East District in the central region. The project seeks to strengthen citizens’ oversight of capital projects to improve local government transparency, accountability, and performance in the delivery of social services. It is also to increase citizens’ participation in the local governance of the country.

The main implementation strategy used by the GSAM Activity has been the Community Scorecard (CSC) process. CSC is a citizen-driven accountability approach for the planning, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of service delivery. It is designed to enable citizens and service providers to work together to identify and overcome development challenges – such as quality, coverage, distribution, and equity obstacles. The approach, though simple, can systematically pinpoint and help address specific challenges inherent in the service delivery process.

One of the Community Scorecard processes was initiated at a Community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS compound) centre in Kpormetey, a Muslim-dominated community in the Awutu Senya Municipality in the 4th quarter of 2021. At an interface meeting, the Municipal Development Officer and the Ag. Municipal Health Director as service providers as well as duty bearers came up with opinion leaders and members of the community. One of the issues that came up strongly was the low patronage of the facility by inhabitants of the community.

The chief, elders and the Assembly member of the community were not happy that the facility was wasting away.
“I have regretted giving the land for this project, I may have to let the facility close down for it to be used for another important purpose”, the chief remarked at the meeting. Other community members were also not happy.
“In fact, the facility has not been beneficial to us at all, the staff should have remained under the tree to provide their services”, another opinion leader said.
When suggestions were being made to resolve the issue, one of the nurses hinted that a community member had indicated to him that the facility has no Muslim nurse and that is making the community members not to patronize the facility. It was also learnt from a participant that the community members frown on a non-Muslim diagnosing them as it is not acceptable to them.
The Municipal Health Director then promised that a Muslim nurse would be posted to the facility and that was done the next day.
Data from the facility and the Kasoa North Sub-District indicates that attendance has improved tremendously since the Muslim nurse was posted to the facility, as indicated in the table shown below. The staff at the facility were very instrumental in the COVID-19 vaccination.
“We are satisfied with the attendance now and will serve them professionally”, a nurse indicated to the writer during his routine monitoring visit to the facility.
This has prompted the Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly to supply the facility with additional medical equipment and renovate it. The improvement in attendance has made the Health Directorate promise to elevate the facility to a health centre very soon.
This is an indication that social accountability should be embraced and institutionalized for the people to benefit greatly from capital infrastructural projects implemented by local government authorities.

Source:Ghana Health Service

HFFG leverages on existing community structures for improved social service delivery under the GSAM project.

The Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project is a USAID-funded project which seeks to strengthen citizens’ oversight of capital projects in selected districts to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance.

The project, since its inception, has contributed significantly towards promoting accountable and responsive local governance through the empowerment of civil society organizations and citizens to be better informed and demand for accountability.

HFFG as an implementing partner in the current phase of the project continues to empower citizens in the Awutu Senya East Municipal and Agona East District Assemblies to demand for quality of service delivery from service providers. This is done by building the capacity of citizens so that they can actively participate in the planning and implementation of social services to ensure the delivery of inclusive services that respond to their needs.

HFFG and its project partners believe that citizens need to have the requisite knowledge and skills to understand the community structures and perform their functions. As part of activities under the project, HFFG, with technical support from the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) conducted a training for 90 community members in charge of education, health and monitoring of physical infrastructure implementation in selected communities located in the Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly and the Agona East District Assembly.

The beneficiaries were drawn from existing community structures such as Parents Associations, School Management Committees, Community Health Management Committees and Community Development Monitors.

They were sensitized on:

  • The legal framework for citizens’ participation of local governance as provided under the Local Government Act 2016, (Act 936), National Development Planning, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) guidelines for local planning and implementation
  • Monitoring Tool for Basic Education and Community Score Card Indicators and Definition
  • Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health Community Score Card Indicators and Definition

Now empowered with the necessary mechanisms for the service delivery monitoring, the beneficiaries are in a great position to liaise between community members and service providers to fix issues that will arise from their monitoring.  This is to ensure that community members get the needed benefits from physical infrastructural projects implemented in their communities.  They are to measure impact and make suggestions for improved service delivery.

In a discussion with Godwin Amekope, the School Improvement Support Officer for Kasoa CP Islamic Research basic school said, he said:

 “The beneficiaries are happy to have been recognized as partners in development and are being equipped to function formally as that. These community structures existed merely on paper, so it is refreshing that the project is leveraging on them to function as expected. We are looking at improved services and impact.”

Akuamoah Justice, the chairperson of the Parents Association of Gada M/A Basic School also said after the training:We can now access service delivery at the school in my community and make some inputs to resolve issues that confronts the school by engaging service providers.”