21,500 healthcare workers benefit from health workforce programme
More than 21,500 healthcare workers across Ghana have undergone a capacity building programme that is aimed at enabling them to respond to emerging health challenges.
The training programme, is a strategic partnership between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Health and Social Care (UK-DHSC).
A total of £3,663,918 funding was provided towards it, to help transform Ghana’s health workforce to better contribute to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Dubbed, Health Workforce Programme, senior health managers and other healthcare workers undergo training in various components including Public Health Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness and Response, including COVID-19 Case management, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Health Services, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as well as Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Training.
At a closeout meeting with partners to mark the end of the two-year programme, the WHO representative to Ghana, Professor Francis Kasolo said, qualified health workers were the foundation for the delivery of quality health services.
He said that the success of the programme had demonstrated that so much more could be achieved through partnership.
“The Workforce Programme is particularly significant as it contributed to all of WHO’s triple billion objectives of more people benefitting from universal health coverage without financial hardship; more people better protected from health emergencies; more people enjoying better health and well-being as outlined in the Global Programme of Work (GPW13),” he added.
Speaking on behalf of UK-DHSC, Health Advisor at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Uzo Gilpin, commended WHO for mobilizing and coordinating partners from different areas of health for the successful implementation of the programme and expressed the commitment of the government of UK to continue supporting interventions for the health and wellbeing of Ghanaians.
The Director for Human Resources for Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr Kwesi Asabir said, the programme would contribute significantly to developing agile health workers who were driving the country’s health sector agenda.