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.
Ghana UHC Documents
When it comes to understanding Ghana’s Universal Health Coverage landscape, there are many documents which can help individuals understand how health financing happens in Ghana. From knowing the Ghana Budget to the National Health Policy and everything in between. We have provided a wealth of resources for you to be able to understand and know for yourself health financing in Ghana, etc. Please click on the name of the document below to view and/or download. Should you need a specific budget or health policy related document, please contact the Ghana UHC Project Leaders John M Eliasu (john@GhanaUHC.org • 024 698 9705) or LaMont “Montee” Evans (montee@GhanaUHC.org • 055-903-0958).