HEALTH FINANCING (NHIS REGISTRATION & RENEWAL)
- Registered 5,000 aged and children with NHIS to enhance health accessibility.
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was introduced in 2003 in Ghana but came into force in 2004. This was a policy introduced by the then government to enable Ghanaian in rural and urban communities have access to quality health care and help to eradicate the existing cash and carry system. But till date, most people in rural communities still cannot access quality health care not only because there are not enough health facilities available but rather most cannot afford to enroll themselves and their family members onto the scheme. This then prevent them from patronizing health facilities and resort to traditional concoctions and unapproved herbal medicines. Specifically, in Kwahu East, about 72% of the rural population that visit the health facilities did not have NHIS card making it difficult for them to afford the health care services provided to them. This finding led the Foundation to implement the Health Financing Programme where children below 17 years and the aged above 60 years were the targeted beneficiaries. Having identified the gap in accessing health care and difficulty in meeting financial obligations to equitable healthcare in the Kwahu East District, BAF collaborated with the National Health Insurance Authority’s office at Mpraeso for the registration of targeted people on the NHIS scheme. The programme has contributed to the reduction in the rate of rural people who visits the health facilities without NHIS card from 72% to 44% in Kwahu East District.
Electoral Area Coordinators, Assembly members, health staff and operators of information centers supported with mobilization of expired cards for renewal as well as clients for new registration. A total of 4,815 of targeted population have benefited from the NHIS renewal and new registration from June, 2018 to December, 2019 across communities in all the 22 electoral areas in the Kwahu East District. Most beneficiaries attest to the great relief that the registration on the NHIS scheme has brought to them and the fact that they can now easily access health facilities.
- Drilled 105 successful boreholes with 5 inaugurated.
- Rehabilitated 18 boreholes in 16 communities.
- 15 dustbins donated to some communities for sanitation exercises.
- Distributed water to about 60,000 people through water tanker services
BAF together with Zoomlion, KEDA and collaboration with the information service department (ISD) organized a cleanup exercise and sanitation campaign at Kotoso. This activity was aimed at improving sanitary conditions and promoting behavior change towards the disposal of waste in the community. To help sustain the success of the cleanup exercise, BAF donated 50 Waste bins to support efforts to improve sanitation and proper disposal of waste in the community.
Maternal and Child Health
- Sponsored 5 Nurses in Midwifery Assistantship Programme.
- Supported 600 Pregnant women with delivery packages as part of the MCH Programme.
- Supported 500 infants with complimentary food package to reduce malnutrition.
- Registered 1,100 infants with the NHIS to improve maternal and child health.
Mental Health & Sexual Reproductive Education
- Educated this number of adolescence in sexual reproductive health
- Educated some community members on mental health