The goal of the UHC Ghana Project was to develop a team of trainers in Ghana from National/Subnational Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who are capable of providing training on Domestic Health Financing (DHF), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Budget Advocacy (BA) to civil society actors, media organizations and elected officials at the national level, and to provide support and mentoring to CSOs engaged in these activities in Ghana. We accomplished this goal in October 2021 with 16 CSO Leaders completing the training.
The UHC Ghana Trainers went through four training sessions in total: (1) Overview of Joint Learning Agenda; (2) UHC and the Right to Health In Ghana; (3) Budget Analysis and Advocacy; and (4) Operationalizing Advocacy. Upon completion, they were asked to develop plans for the Regions and Districts they have operations in.
Both LaMont "Montee" Evans, President/CEO - HBC Promised Ghana and John Eliasu Mahama, Member - People's Health Movement/Ghana completed the World Health Organization’s Organization’s Online Course: Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage and WACI Health and Global Health Partners' Anglophone Country Trainer of Trainers.
Domestic Health Financing
Health financing refers to the “function of a health system concerned with the mobilization, accumulation and allocation of money to cover the health needs of the people, individually and collectively, in the health system… the purpose of health financing is to make funding available, as well as to set the right financial incentives to providers, to ensure that all individuals have access to effective public health and personal health care.” (WHO, 2000)
Universal Health Coverage
UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services that they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and pallative care. UHC related policies relate to actions linked with Health Systems that include coverage, elimination of out-of-pocket expenses, etc.
“Budget Advocacy” is a strategic approach to influence governments’ budget choices, aimed at achieving clear and specific outcomes—e.g., healthier people, less poverty, or improved governance. Effective advocacy will build toward attaining them with smaller concrete steps, such as increased budget allocations and more solid oversight of how funds are spent.
We have collected and compiled documents, reports, statistics and information we know CSOs need when conducting research or trying to gather supporting information when advocating for more resources around Universal Health Coverage, Domestic Health Financing, and Budget Advocacy. Below you will find links to documents for your use, download or preview. Should you need a specific document, report, statistics or information; please don’t hestiate to contact us directly.
We have included below instruments developed internationally for reference on where Ghana stands or focuses. Whether it be a Monitoring Report or International Agreement; the information contained below aims to provide documents developed for easy reference. These instruments serve as a means for countries to collaborate and work towards common goals that benefit their citizens and the global community as a whole. We hope to provide information and resources on the various international instruments, their purpose, scope, and impact on different regions and sectors. They could also provide insights into the latest developments, trends, and challenges around Domestic Health Financing, Universal Health Care, and Budget Advocacy.