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Ghana

Support to Child Protection Programme (2014-2018)

DFATD Contribution: $18,500,000

The project aims to better protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and discrimination by strengthening national child protection laws and policies, improving child and family welfare and justice services, and promoting positive and protective attitudes and behaviours towards children. The project includes: supporting the development of a National Child and Family Welfare Policy and a Juvenile Justice Policy; training child protection service providers on prevention measures and early child interventions; developing a revised social work curriculum; seeking the support of traditional and religious leaders for child protection, including child, early, and forced marriages; developing and implementing a comprehensive national birth registry with a specific focus on hard-to-reach northern areas; and helping the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit and selected courts become more child-friendly. The project focuses on the five most deprived regions of Ghana and expects to help 4.5 million children.

Reducing Maternal and Child Undernutrition (2012-2017)

DFATD Contribution: $ 15,000,000

The goal of the project is to reduce illness and death due to undernutrition among children and mothers in northern Ghana. The project aims to increase the support available within communities for treating malnutrition and improving nutrition among the most vulnerable populations of northern Ghana. The project activities include training and equipping frontline health workers to treat severely malnourished children; training community volunteers to identify the early stages of severe acute malnutrition and to refer patients for treatment; training community volunteers and local organizations to promote local, nutritious foods; and providing information on good feeding practices for infants and young children.

To ensure that the expanded support for nutrition is sustainable and to help reduce the number of children facing undernutrition in the long term, the project helps the Government of Ghana develop and implement a strong and coherent national nutrition policy. The project also includes developing a gender-sensitive nutrition surveillance system in the three northern regions, to help the government and development partners improve nutrition programs, decision-making, and timely response in those regions.

Enhanced Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Schools and Communities in Ghana (2012-2016)

DFATD Contribution: $ 9,000,000

The project contributes to improving the health and well-being of children, women, and men in the five most deprived regions of Ghana. The project’s beneficiaries are children and youth in 150 basic schools (primary and junior high) and women and men in the surrounding communities in ten districts. By providing water, basic sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, the project aims to increase the use of WASH services and improve sanitation practices among beneficiaries. The project also aims to strengthen relevant national institutions and monitoring and evaluation systems to enable better planning, delivery, and sustainability of decentralised water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ghana.

 

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