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Press Release

March 22, 2016

Commissioning Ceremony of CHPS Compound and Equipment by the "Project for the Development of Community-based Health Planning and Service Infrastructure in the Upper West Region"

The handing over ceremony for "The Project for the Development of Community-based Health Planning and Service Infrastructure in the Upper West Region" took place on 22nd March, 2016 at Loho CHPS Compound in Nadwoli/Kaleo District, Upper West Region.

The ceremony was attended by H.E. Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Authur Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Honorable Alex Segbefia, the Minister for Health, H.E. Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Japan Ambassador to Ghana, and Mr. Koji Makino, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office.

The Grant Agreement of this project was signed on 17th May 2012 between Ministry of Health and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the grant amount of Japanese Yen nine hundred and eighty-nine million (JPY 989,000,000)

Under this Grant Agreement, 64 CHPS compounds were developed and equipment was provided to 75 CHPS compounds with the purpose to improve the geological access to the Health facilities in Upper West Region.

Government of Ghana has promoted CHPS (Community-based Health Planning and Services), a national strategy, which aims to accelerate the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and bridging the access inequity gap.

Through this project, JICA will contribute to accelerate the attainment of UHC by improving the geological access to the Health facilities in Upper West Region.

Mr. Koji Makino, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office, stated that JICA and people of Japan would like to ensure that the Government of Ghana will make use of those newly constructed facilities and provided equipment in order to accelerate the attainment of UHC. He also stated that JICA is very honored to be a part of this very important CHPS Policy Launching ceremony together with commissioning ceremony of CHPS compound. JICA is pleased to continue the support from Government of Ghana to achieve the goal.

Mr. Makino on behalf of the DPs commended the commitment and support to roll out the CHPS policy, welcome the establishment of Ministry CHPS coordination unit, and look forward to seeing the resource allocation to the Primary Health Care reflecting this policy commitment.

The successful completion of the Project is the result of tremendous efforts of Ministry of Health and all other people who associated with the Project, which further leads to stronger friendship between the people of Republic of Ghana and Japan.

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