Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Details for Mechanism ID: 11947
Country/Region: Ghana
Year: 2013
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: JHPIEGO
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $800,000

JHPIEGO is the prime partner for the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), USAIDs flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP seeks to address pre-service needs for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among midwifery, community health and public health nurse training institutions. These include HIV technical updates for tutors, training of preceptors, development and/or review of training curricula. JHPIEGO/MCHIP works to expand key MNCH services, including the integration of the prevention of HIV and treatment of HIV/AIDS, into appropriate health care services. Much of this work has been primarily through training and supportive supervision of providers. JHPIEGO/MCHIP uses a competency-based approach to improve the skills and knowledge of providers in evidence-based practices. Improve the quality of PMTCT education and HIV, STI and AIDS care, and to develop and strengthen practicum sites. Emphasis will be on a competency-based approach supported by learning guides, job aids and learning models materials. All programs will include basic knowledge and skills to work with MARP.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $800,000

There is inadequate number of trained personnel at all levels of the health care delivery system to support implementation of HIV related activities are great challenges to the health sector as a whole and thus affects the health sector response to HIV.MCHIP will address this barrier by in order to meet the needs for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support envisaged HIV will have been included in the pre-service training of all health workers, training of preceptors, development and/or review of training curricula and admission and training of participants to ensure adequate numbers of trained staff are available in the long term. For preceptor training, MCHIP will leverage Government budget provision to undertake this activity.

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $0

This fund will strengthen MCHIP pre-service education of midwives and community health nurses, this will be achieved by reducing stigma that midwives, preceptors and staff have towards PLHIV as well as MARPS.The Ghana constitution criminalises the activities of MARPs and they suffer stigma and discrimination from the general public and harassment from the Police as well as health care workers. There are laws, regulations, or policies that present obstacles to access to prevention, treatment, care and support for these vulnerable sub-populations. There are laws that criminalise same sex sexual activities between consenting adults and laws deeming sex work to be illegal. Public health services do not officially target them as specific groups with specific needs for HIV services. However, a number of NGOs with support from some development partners are providing HIV prevention information and services for MARPs. MCHIP will address issues of discrimination among MARPS by providing the platform for linkages between MARP NGOs and pre-service institutions to provide an opportunity for students and tutors to interact with MARPS to better understand the health needs of this vulnerable sub population.

Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $600,000
Human Resources for Health $600,000