Ghana: GHS launches National Health Promotion Strategy 2022 – 2026 in Accra

The Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service yesterday launched the National Health Promotion Strategy 2022-2026, which aims to improve the quality of health promotion services in the country.

The strategy, which is a review of the previous one that ended in 2019, outlines opportunities and strategies to further improve health promotion in Ghana, through a comprehensive approach that leverages efforts and resources to sustain the impact.

Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who launched the program at the opening of the second Ghana Health Service senior management meeting in Accra said that the capacity and leadership of the GHS to coordinate the development of the meeting and the launch of the National Strategy for Health Promotion 2022-2026 was a major step towards the establishment of a roadmap to achieve the integration of demand generation, change of behavior and health service delivery.

“It is these essential elements that, when effectively planned and implemented, will lead to measurable improvements in key health indicators and a healthier society,” he added.

The Minister reminded the GHS leadership to recommit to effective health service delivery saying, “The lives and health of our people are in your hands.”

GHS Director Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said the strategy would improve the quality of health promotion services at all levels, improve the health of communities in Ghana and strengthen collaboration and partnerships for health delivery. health services.

He reiterated that as health workers carry out their duties to improve health care service delivery, it was important to link health care planning and systems strengthening to health promotion. , behavior change and risk communication efforts.

He urged all managers to ensure their plans reflect policy changes to help improve healthcare delivery in the country.

For his part, the Director of the Health Promotion Division, Dr. Aboagye DaCosta, said the strategy would aim to build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community action, develop personal skills and to reorient health services.

He explained that it will also educate Ghanaians on how to stay healthy and support community initiatives that influence health and well-being.

“It will increase the capacity of Ghanaians to better control and improve their health, to involve the population in the context of their daily lives and to carry out activities that focus on health promotion and prevention of health problems rather than focusing about who is at risk for specific diseases,” Dr. DaCosta said.

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