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July 6, 2012

The First Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting of the Project for strengthening operational capacity of Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

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The first Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) of the Project for strengthening operational capacity of Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) was held at the National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP) conference hall in Accra on the 6th of July 2012.

Among the participants of the meeting were Dr. Sylvester Anemana, Chief Director, Ministry of Health, as chairperson, Dr. Nii Akwei Addo, Programme Manager, NACP, as Project Director, Dr. Irene Akua Agyepong, Director of Regional Health Service, Greater Accra Region, as Project Manager, Mr. Koichi Kito, Senior Representative, JICA Ghana Office, and the Japanese expert team headed by Ms. Mayumi Katsube as Chief Adviser.

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The overall goal of the project is to enhance the quality of PMTCT service delivery in Ghana with the objective of strengthening the administrative system of providing PMTCT-Information, Education and Communication (IEC) services in the Greater Accra Region over the project period. The project will be implemented for three years (2012 – 2015) at selected health facilities in the Greater Accra Region. Key beneficiaries are officers and health service providers engaged in PMTCT services at the national, regional, district and facility levels.

During the meeting, preliminary findings of the baseline survey were presented by the researcher and approved by the members with crucial comments and recommendations, which were agreed to be reflected in the final survey report by the researcher. The key findings included pressing needs in training midwives and other health officers who are involved in PMTCT services in accordance with the current national guidelines and in producing different kinds of PMTCT-IEC materials, so as to enhance the quality of the services.

The Plan of Operations was reviewed and approved at the meeting as well. The project will carry out the development of a hands-on reference on PMTCT services and facilitative supervision, support for PMTCT service training, the development of PMTCT-IEC materials and support for the facilitative supervision including data management at the facility level.

The chairperson of the meeting, Dr. Anemana, appreciated efforts made by all the participants and expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting. He also stated that the project could be extended to other part of the country if it is well executed.

Next JCC is planned to be held in January 2013 to review the overall progress of the project and to update the plans for the coming year.

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