Ghana receives a $125.6M boost for health and decentralization

Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor with EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. Photo by: Chris Stein / EU

The European Union has signed agreements giving grants and budget support for Ghana’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality and decentralize basic services.

The €52 million ($67 million) grant will be used to help reduce maternal mortality in Ghana by two-thirds to meet the Millennium Development Goal, Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor said. Among the activities that will be supported are training for new and existing midwives, orienting community health nurses in midwifery, procuring necessary equipment and establishing more health facilities.

The country’s decentralization program, meanwhile, will receive €45 million budget support. The funding will help contribute to the “improvement of performance and quality of service delivery, with particular focus on the effective provision of basic services such as education, health, water and sanitation.”

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, who signed the agreement with Duffuor, commended Ghana for the progress it has made in decentralizing basic services and reducing maternal mortality.

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