FHI 360 has operated in Ghana since the mid-1980s. We started by delivering HIV prevention services for key populations and establishing a national HIV care and treatment system. We have since expanded our health activities in Ghana to piloting the integration of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment in health systems, supporting community-based management of acute malnutrition, assessing maternal and neonatal health care quality, and managing neglected tropical diseases, including Buruli ulcer and filariasis.
We currently support the government of Ghana and local organizations through health and education projects. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Ghana Accelerating Social and Behavior Change activity is led by FHI 360 in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service to increase and sustain the adoption of healthy behaviors related to family planning and reproductive health; malaria prevention and treatment; maternal, newborn and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene practices; nutrition; and public health emergencies, such as COVID-19.
To address public health emergencies, we are strengthening country-level surveillance and emergency response in Ghana through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enhancing Global Health Security project. We are also increasing access to and use of family planning services in Ghana by testing the acceptability of new methods, assessing community-based distribution of long-acting methods and exploring private pharmacies as providers of the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.
To assess the state of access to contraceptive implant removal services in Ghana, FHI 360 conducted a research study through the Access to Contraceptive Implant Removal in Ghana and Burkina Faso project — funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In the area of education, FHI 360 is working as the key implementing partner of USAID’s Ghana Partnership for Education: Learning activity to support Ghana’s Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service in improving and sustaining learning outcomes for at least 2.8 million primary students across the country.