Using technology for better health service delivery in 20 assemblies

BY: Mabel F. Tannor & Berlinda Entsie
Using technology for better health service delivery
Using technology for better health service delivery

An exhibition to showcase the successes of using technology to provide healthcare, in twenty districts across Ghana has been held in Accra.

The five-day exhibition was organised by People for Health (P4H), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which is working to strengthen organisational and institutional capacities in government and civil society organisations in the area of health.

The motive of the P4H project is to help improve healthcare delivery and relationship between patients and healthcare providers.

Areas of concern to the project is health, HIV, water, sanitation, hygiene, family planning, nutrition policy formulation and implementation.

The P4H project uses an online platform to serve as a rallying point to support and serve as an engagement between citizens and government institutions.

The five-day exhibition showcased the achievements of the 5-year project which has been runing since March 2016.

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The 20 assemblies are Tamale, Gushegu, Yendi, Central Gonga, East Mamprusi in Northern region, New Juabeng, Afram Plains North, Birim South, Akuapem North in Eastern region, Nkwanta in Volta and ... also in Greater Accra.

A consortium of three organisations led by SEND-Ghana with support from Penplusbytes and the Ghana News Agency as partners, and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Last Thursday's exhibition was an avenue to exhibit project knowledge products (success stories, insights, advocacy materials, newsletters and publicity materials) and the sharing of experiences in the use of technology for effective and equitable delivery of healthcare services.

The programme manager at the fair, Mrs Precious Ankamah Adu-Gyamera stated that the programme was Ghana’s first knowledge fair on ICT and healthcare.

The Software and Project Developer for the project, Mr Kwabena Tabiri explained that a dashboard developed by Penplusbtes at www.peopleforhealth.org is serving as a platform to facilitate citizen’s access to health information and provide an avenue for citizens to report their challenges and experiences in accessing health care.