US gives US$5 million to Ghana’s NHIA to improve health care

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US ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer on Monday 20th March announced US$5 million in new U.S. funding to improve the performance of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and ensure quality of health services in Ghana.

The ambassador joined the CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, to launch the new, five-year partnership. The U.S. funding will support the digitisation of NHIA processes, make available the scheme’s performance data, and will ensure that health services delivery is safe and effective.

“The health sector is at the core of Ghana’s development,” ambassador Palmer said. “It is essential for the wellbeing of all Ghanaians that funding for health is prioritized. A healthy population is the basis for a prosperous population.”

The NHIA-USAID partnership aims to improve NHIA’s capacity to digitalise all its information systems.

Digitalisation will make data available to NHIA to better communicate the scheme’s financial and programmatic status to stakeholders. The partnership will also focus on building NHIA systems to monitor clinical quality of health care services. This actionable clinical data will help NHIA advocate for improved quality of care across public, faith-based and private health care facilities contributing to improved health outcomes across Ghana.

USAID’s integrated health programming supports the government of Ghana in the areas of health system strengthening, maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health, as well as malaria, HIV, social protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, global health security, and COVID-19. USAID supports the Government of Ghana to build a more resilient health system and prepare Ghana to face future health emergencies.

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