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Savana Signatures with support from Global Affairs Canada, SALASAN and Mustimuh, both Canadian organizations, is implementing the T4MCH project at 33 health facilities at North Gonja, Sawla/Tuna/Kalba, Sagnarigu, Mamprugu/Moaduri, Jirapa, Wa West, Wa East, Nkwanta South and Kadjebi Districts.

Mr Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Programmes Manager of Savana Signatures, who made a presentation about the project to stakeholders at a meeting in Tamale, said the project sought to address expectant mothers’ apathy towards antenatal attendance.

The meeting discussed the project as well as sought the commitment of stakeholders, who were drawn from some of the beneficiary facilities, to ensure the success of the project.

It is estimated that 11 per cent of female deaths in the country occur during child birth hence the T4MCH project to encourage women to patronize health facilities whiles pregnant instead of relying of traditional birth attendants.

Mr Imoro said the four-year project, which ends in 2019, would use technology in the form of voice calls and messages targeting expectant mothers to educate them at various stages of pregnancy whiles building the capacity of health personnel as part of an integrated approach to mitigating maternal and infant mortality.

He said the project would also work to improve relationships between women and health care providers to ensure better health care for expectant mothers whiles mainstreaming gender by reaching out to men including adolescents to support their expectant wives.

Dr Braimah Abubakari, Deputy Director in-charge of Clinical Care at the Northern Regional Health Directorate, lauded the project as it would help increase skilled delivery, which was important in reducing maternal and infant mortality in the country.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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