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Second year of life project in Ghana

Project title: Protecting Children from Vaccine Preventable Diseases by Strengthening the Second Year of Life 

Background

The Second Year of life Project seeks to develop and assess the impact of a multi-faceted approach to strengthening the second year of life visit on immunization coverage and operational performance in Ghana. 

Achievements

- A baseline survey in 3 regions of Northern, Volta, and Greater Accra Regions was done. 

- Findings of the survey have been disseminated to 10 regional and district health teams.

- Supporting the printing of health educational materials including flip charts, flyers, posters.

- 347,000 Child health record booklets have been printed. 

- TV spot messages have been developed and are running.

- Health promoters have been trained in communication skills and radio jingles on 2YL. 

- 170 pieces of Digital Tablets and 130 Laptop computers & accessories for GHS have been provided. 

- Red Cross was contracted to conduct house-to-house social mobilization activities to raise the awareness of the second dose of measles at 18 months, vitamin A supplementation, growth monitoring, and insecticide treated bed net distribution. 

- 100 Community Health Workers have been trained on Immunization. 

- Active involvement in the review of the EPI policy and guide documents.

- 30 community health workers have been trained on defaulter tracking 

- Trained 50 biomedical scientists on laboratory surveillance for meningitis.

- Conducted regional & district level trainings on E-tracker for Volta region.

Challenges

Health workers are not yet adequately knowledgeable on the schedule of 2YL antigens and consequently presenting a communication gap among caretakers.

 

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