This study was carried out to describe the major NGO community-based distribution (CBD) programs in Ghana, and to assess in some detail the functioning, quality of care, and performance of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) program. The study showed that national coverage by the NGO programs is extensive—virtually all the 110 districts in the 10 regions have at least one program. However, coverage within districts is sparse, as each program covers only a few communities. The results have been communicated to the NGOs whose programs were included in the study and PPAG has already identified a number of steps that it will take to address some of the issues raised, including: a revision of the training manual; introduction of a community diagnosis and mapping exercise for each agent; improved recordkeeping and reporting procedures; establishing stronger links with referral clinics; and enhancing the availability of educational materials for use when counseling clients. In addition, USAID will be using the results to guide future programming support of the PPAG program.
Chege, Jane, Diouratie Sanogo, Ian Askew, Angela Bannerman, Steve Grey, Evam Kofi Glover, Francis Yankey, and Joana Nerquaye-Tetteh. 2000. "An assessment of the community based distribution programs in Ghana," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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