Disseminating Ghana's Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
Over the years, the Government of Ghana has provided sexual and reproductive health services, including maternal and newborn healthcare, to the people of Ghana. The government has implemented these services in the country at all levels, with the support of various development partners.
Despite all these efforts, maternal and neonatal mortality are still high. A number of studies attribute the problem to low-quality prenatal and postnatal health care services. These studies suggest an urgent need in Ghana to strengthen these services.
Consequently, the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service, with financial and technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Population Fund, conducted an assessment of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC), to determine the capacity of Ghana’s existing health care delivery systems — both public and private. The assessment was a nation-wide cross-sectional facility-based survey with a 12-module data collection instrument.
The assessment presents key indicators of maternal and newborn health. These indicators are important in informing decisions to improving the availability and functioning of emergency obstetric and newborn care. It also showed the gaps in delivering maternal and newborn health care in Ghana.
This assessment is one of many efforts by the Government of Ghana to improve delivery of health care services through evidence-based decision-making.
We hope the evidence will guide policy-makers, programme managers, development partners, service providers, and communities in their efforts to support the Ministry of Health in its quest to address maternal and newborn issues in Ghana.