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In 2011, Tullow Ghana and its Jubilee Partners began to support the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in its efforts to combat malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that kills around one million people every year. The Jubilee Partners – Tullow, Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Ghana National Petroleum, Sabre and EO Group – have pledged $4.6m over five years to improve the level of care provided at community clinics in Ghana's Western Region.
Starting in 2009, Tullow Ghana consulted local stakeholders to determine what was most needed and where Tullow could provide support. We found that access to healthcare and education, support for enterprise development and environmental protection/improvement were key issues for nearly all residents. Malaria came top of the list of health concerns and so we began to investigate ways in which Tullow could help our stakeholders deal with the disease. It was apparent that the best way to do this would be through partnering with other organisations.
In 2010, Tullow Ghana, on behalf of its Jubilee Partners, began discussions with the GHS to investigate its existing plans and capabilities. We needed to consider whether GHS' delivery was cost-effective, so that we could ensure our social investment would make business sense and lead to sustainable improvements. GHS' model showed a great deal of promise. As such, we sought out experts to further our own project planning and to support GHS' strategic planning. These experts came in the shape of Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organisation with over 15 years in Ghana and an excellent local reputation.
Much of the Western Region's health network is made up of clinics known as Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds. Each is designed to cover a community of 3,000-8,000 people and some are fully accredited by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA). The accredited CHPS tend to be better supported, better staffed are more fully utilised. Jhpiego determined that a programme to upgrade the entire CHPS network through intensive training and capacity-building would bring improvements in service delivery and standards of patient care, making the compounds more accessible and responsive to community needs, as well as increasing the number of NHIA accredited compounds.
Tullow Ghana and the Jubilee Partners' support in this instance is for the Ghana Health Services' own plan and vision. With Jhpiego's support we believe that this project will deliver lasting, measurable improvements to the health of many of our stakeholders.
Jhpiego case study on this initiative: