In Ghana, VectorWorks supports the Ghana Health Service, through the National Malaria Control Program, to achieve and maintain high levels of coverage and use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). The project also facilitates the adoption and promotion of proven alternative vector control interventions. VectorWorks activities in Ghana focus on four main areas: policy, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and implementation support.

Objectives

Three main objectives guide implementation of the VectorWorks Ghana project:

Objective 1: Increase the effectiveness of continuous distribution channels for ITNs. The key distribution channels include:

  • Antenatal Clinics (ANCs): distribution of ITNs to pregnant women during their first ANC visit.
  • Child Welfare Clinics (CWCs): provision of ITNs to children receiving their measles 2 & rubella vaccination through the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).
  • Primary Schools: allocation of ITNs to pupils in primary classes 2 and 6 every year (with the exception of mass campaign years). 

Objective 2: Provide technical support to improve the effectiveness of mass ITN distribution campaigns. 

Objective 3: Collaborate with other programs and organizations to promote sustained ownership and appropriate use and care of ITNs through effective mobilization and social and behavior change communication (SBCC). 

Karima Ganiew, a Primary 2 pupil of Lingbinkura DA Primary School in the Central Gonja District of Northern Ghana, beams with smiles after receiving an ITN at school. Photo by Sylvester Segbaya.

Peace Corps Volunteer/SWAT malaria coordinator, Alfredo Gonzalez, guides regional SHEP coordinators in malaria stencil tracing. Photo by Prince Owusu.

A regional and district supervisor provides on-the-job coaching on ITN distribution documentation and record keeping to a midwife at the Ainyinase Health Centre. Photo by Prince Owusu.

Circuit Supervisor for Half Assini, Benjamin Elliah, educates pupils of Half Assini Catholic Primary School on Malaria prevention, and ITN use and care during the 2017 school distribution of ITNs. Photo by Prince Owusu.

Accomplishments to date

  • VectorWorks expanded health facility–based ITN distribution from 4 regions in 2015 to all 10 regions by 2018 reaching a total of 3,298,618 beneficiaries (1,770,246 pregnant women and 1,528,372 children under five).
  • To improve the overall performance of health workers in the continuous distribution of ITNs in health facilities, VectorWorks organized and conducted supportive supervision and “on-the-job trainings” (OJT) for 14,884 health workers in 5,077 health facilities.
  • From 2017 to date, VectorWorks supported Ghana’s nationwide school-based ITN distribution by training 35,245 Ghana Education Service (GES) officers on malaria prevention SBCC in primary schools. School health teams in 13,162 schools in 122 districts were subsequently formed and trained for health promotion activities including the promotion, use and care of ITNs.
  • To date, the project supported the distribution of 2,305,563 ITNs to pupils in primary classes 2 and 6 in 23,526 basic schools in nine regions of Ghana: Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East, Volta, and Western.
  • VectorWorks supports the NMCP and its partners in the planning, organization, and implementation of the mass ITN distribution campaigns in the country. VectorWorks has assisted the NMCP in distributing 11,676,832 ITNs since 2014.

For more information, take a look at the VectorWorks Ghana Fact Sheet.

Contact: Danielle Piccinini, VectorWorks Program Officer – dpiccin3@jhu.edu.

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