Community-Driven Care: Improving Health at the Local Level

The USAID Systems for Health Project – led by University Research Co. – provides technical assistance to the Ghana Health Service’s Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Initiative. The effort is bringing health services to communities, developing sustainable volunteerism and community health action, empowering women and vulnerable groups, and improving health provider, household, and community interaction. 

Systems for Health works with approximately 500 CHPS zones to help build the capacity of community health workers and create effective community engagement through regular Community Health Management Committees (CHMC) meetings and community durbars. These gatherings help improve the uptake of services delivered – including family planning, nutrition, malaria, and maternal health services.

Systems for Health commissioned a photographer to document a CHMC meeting, durbar, and a child welfare clinic held at locations in Ga West Municipality in April 2018, which has seen effective community engagement through regular CHMC meetings and community durbars. Our research indicates that community ownership of and participation in the CHPS concept is key to improving health.

Submitted by:
Doug Trapp

Helping Babies Breathe: Coaching on Neonatal Resuscitation

(L-R) Mavis Agyepong, Doreen Asare, and Peace Nyamadi – midwives and nurses at Mayera Health Centre – observe closely as their fellow “Helping Babies Breathe” trainees provide on-site coaching on neonatal resuscitation.

Photographer: Ross Godwin

Staring into the fire

Community Health Nurse Priscilla Ahema Baah and Oduman Sub-District Supervisor David Donkoh attend a Community Health Committee Meeting at the Joma Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) zone.

Photographer: Ross Godwin

No one should be left behind

Midwife Patricia Teye provides counseling to Agnes Mfodwoas, who is pregnant, as part of the focused antenatal care services at Danfa Health Center

Photographer: Ross Godwin

A form of shelter

Priscilla Ahrma Baah, Catherine Gaglo, and Rosemont Obeng-Fynn are community health nurses at Joma Community-Based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) Zone. They provide outreach services to three communities: Agborzome, Adakope, and Zongo.

Photographer: Ross Godwin

Life Saving Treatment

Community Health Nurses Rosemond Obeng-Fynn and Priscilla Ahrma Baah document children’s health in a child health records book during a Child Welfare Clinic at Joma CHPS, Ga West District.
Photographer: Ross Godwin