Health Policy

Health MDGs Monitoring Report 2011 launched in Accra

Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights(ARHR), non-governmental organisation, has launched a report on Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 to enable stakeholders to monitor Ghanas progress towards achieving the health MDGs.

The report, which is the third in participatory monitoring series, is aimed at documenting the perceptions and health care experiences of poor and vulnerable rights holders in the country.

This would help government and civil society to support the poor and vulnerable in their quest to demand improvement in the allocation of health resources as well as in a way in which health services are delivered and managed.

The report captured the findings of a participatory health monitoring study undertaken in four districts involving 12 communities was launched by Madam Vicky Okine, utive Director of ARHR on Friday in Accra.

The districts covered are Agona East, Bongo, Builsa and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem.

According to the report, maternal health markers had improved across the monitoring districts and family planning clinics were perceived to be well run with confidential counseling and affordable supplies of contraceptive commodities.

As compared to the previous years, the statistical indicators suggested improvements in ante-natal care completion and supervised delivery rates.

It indicated that patients under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) were given less preferential treatments by facility staffs as compared to cash-paying patients.

In addition, NHIS subscribers were not receiving refunds for prescriptions which facilities could not supply.

It also revealed that children were unable to receive free treatment if they had not individually been registered as subscribers and some subscribers were also penalized heavily for late payment by some service providers in the health insurance industry.

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