Achieving MDG Targets through addresssing inequities

Edward Oppong-Aboagye, National Population Council Ghana

The high maternal mortality rate in Sub-Saharan Africa is a major concern to all. The Africa Population Conference (APC) West Africa therefore held a conference in Accra, Ghana on Safe Motherhood. Member countries presented papers on their progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. This paper gives a summary of national best practices in selected West African Countries in reducing maternal mortality with specific focus on the “Community Health Planning Strategy (CHPS) Approach in Ghana”. The CHPS programme brings primary health care closer to communities through a system of close-to-client service delivery, where communities are involved in the planning and implementation of primary health care activities. The programme has 60% coverage for supervised deliveries in CHPS communities as compared to 12% in non-CHPS communities. No maternal deaths have been recorded in CHPS communities in the last four years.

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Presented in Poster Session 1