Ghana Health Service collaborates with JICA to disseminate CHPS database system
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) collaborated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to disseminate a Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) database system to improve information management.
The system was developed by GHS and JICA to systematically collect reliable, concise and consistent data.
It was presented at a CHPS database dissemination forum organized in Accra as part of efforts to strengthen the implementation of CHPS within the framework of the technical cooperation project “CHPS for Life Project” aimed at accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC).
The CHPS initiative, created in 1994 to reduce barriers to geographic access to health care, was introduced in the Upper West in 2015, in the North and Upper East regions in 2017, and in the Savannah and Northeast regions in 2019.
The Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PPMED), as part of its policy department’s plan and budget for 2019, proposed the adoption and deployment of the database system. CHPS supported by JICA in the remaining regions.
Mr Kwame Bimpeh, head of the Center for Health Information Management, PPMED, GHS, said the purpose of the national dissemination was to introduce the CHPS database in ten regions, as the northern regions and from the east were already using the system.
The system, he said, generated information that could be used to monitor the overall implementation of the CHPS and to plan training, mobilize resources and improve the quality of CHPS-related services.
Mr Bimpeh said the database is a system for districts and regions to update and monitor the status and quality of CHPS implementation.
He said it was a management tool to provide quarterly information to help managers identify gaps in CHPS scale-up, develop evidence-based plans, mobilize and distribute resources as needed.
Mr Bimpeh said the system is cost effective as it does not require a lot of resources, is flexible, reliable, easy to process for interpretation, among others.
Ms. Satoko Ishiga, Senior Project Advisor, said that the CHPS database was first developed to provide information relevant to the implementation of the project under the first phase and has been improved to be used by both the project and GHS staff in expanding the CHPS in the second phase.
Currently, she said, the CHPS database system is being implemented in 55 districts in Savannah, Northeast, North, Upper East and Upper West regions and has also been introduced. in 33 districts of the Eastern region.
The CHPS database has enabled the pragmatic training and deployment of community health workers, the extension of drinking water and electricity as well as the supply of medical equipment to more than 1,400 CHPS zones.
She said that this also led to the complete demarcation of CHPS zones to cover the entire population in the five regions to achieve UHC.
She said that technical training sessions were planned in the remaining regions to introduce the CHPS database to soon cover the whole country within the timeframe set for the implementation of the project.