Ghana: Investing in Health and Macroeconomic Development
A high profile CMH launch event to inaugurate the Ghana National Macroeconomics and Health Initiative (GMH) was held in Accra on 19 November, 2002 with the participation of President Kufuor. The Ministries of Health, Economic Planning and Regional Cooperation, Finance, Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana Health Service and other health related agencies coordinate the multi-sectoral GMH. The event was attended by high-ranking officials from different ministries.
A committee has already been set up at national level to carry forward the GMH and to assess the Ghana PRSP in the light of the CMH recommendations. This committee will provide strategic options for scaling-up investments in the health-related areas in order to achieve coverage levels of targeted health interventions and per capita health expenditures comparable with those recommended by the CMH Report.
Ghana is focusing on three main issues: developing health insurance, improving access to water supplies in rural areas and sanitation in urban areas, and supporting human resources capacity in village-level health care. At the end of its mandate, the GMH will produce a report entitled ‘Investing in Health and Macroeconomic Development in Ghana’ that will be used to facilitate the revision of the health-related interventions in the Ghana PRSP.