Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and children (SHOW)
Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and children
Plan International is an NGO working in many countries throughout the world one of which is Ghana. It embarks on many projects of which SHOW is one.
NORSAAC is an Empowerment for change Local NGO based in Tamale working to Empower Women and Young people across the region. NORSAAC works in four thematic areas namely; Livelihood, Gender and Governance, Education and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
The SHOW project is a 41/2 year community based intervention aim at Contributing to the Reduction in Maternal and Child Mortality.
It is being funded by the Canadian Government under Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Plan International Canada.
The SHOW project is found in three regions (Northern, Volta and Eastern regions) but implemented in eight (8) districts. NORSAAC is implementing it in Mamprugu Moaduri and Karaga districts.
SHOW as a project seeks to increase quality, availability, utilization & Accountability of essential Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) services through Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), Accountability and the promotion of Gender Equality including Male Engagement.
KEY ISSUES of MNCH
- Low AnteNatal Care (ANC) and PostNatal Care (PNC) attendance
- Large percentage of births not attended by skilled personnel (Home delivery)
- Low clean and safe delivery coverage (unhygienic environments)
- Low contraceptive prevalence rates (Low Family Planning adoption)
- Need for Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) coverage.
- Male domination of decision-making related to reproductive health issues.
- Lack of transportation and coordinated approaches to transport pregnant women.
MAIN APPROACH: (Three Pronged approach theory of change)
- Increased demand and unlock socio-cultural and gender related barriers (Demand Side)
- Improve the quality and gender responsiveness of health and Family Planning Services (Supply Side)
- Address governance and sustainability; in line with national health strategies (Accountability Side).
MOBILISATION: COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
- Community Health Committee
- Community Health Volunteers
- Daddies/Fathers club
- Mother support group/mothers club
- Grannies group
- Gender Equality Champions
- Drama club
- Transport Owners group
- Village Savings and Loans Association
- Adolescent boys and girls clubs
- Increased knowledge of basic MNCH issues & services among women, adolescents and male community members
- Increased ability of women and adolescent girls to make decisions on MNCH service utilization
- Improved social capital and network of women and adolescent girls
- Enhanced capacity of government health officials, service providers, health committees and Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to provide gender and adolescent responsive and environmentally safe MNCH services.
BENEFICIARIES: Women and children
REACH: 120 communities in both Moaduri and Karaga districts (60 each).