The health of a people is their wealth and it is essential that everyone has access to critical health services. This, however, is not the case for many rural dwellers in Ghana. Many districts do not have healthcare facilities, and those which do, have to make do with institutions that tend to be under-equipped and provide inadequate health services.
There also tends to be a higher chance of poor people dying from preventable deaths. The rate of child and maternal deaths, in particular, is of great concern, and is one of the major phenomena SEHP is dedicated to combatting.
The UN estimates that between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality in Ghana has fallen from 760 to 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, and was projected to have fallen further, to 358 in 2015. However, this is still considerably higher than the MDG 5 target of 190 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
There is hope, however, as universal access to emergency obstetric and neonatal care could reduce maternal mortality by 90% to 38 per 100,000 live births. This is why SEHP, through its Safe Delivery initiative, looks to reduce the rates of Child and Maternal mortality across Ghana by providing expectant mothers with basic supplies for safe, infection-free delivery.
In a bid to support the improvement of the health system in Ghana, SEHP is also dedicated to:
- Supplying medical equipment and pharmaceuticals to selected health facilities across Ghana
- Training and Retooling health workers across the country