Welcome to Ghana Heath Service Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Webpage.
CHPS is a national strategy to deliver essential community -based health services involving health planning and service delivery with the communities. Its primary focus is communities in deprived sub-districts and bringing health services close to the communities. The general principles include:
– Community participation, empowerment, ownership, gender considerations and volunteerism
– Focus on community health needs to determine the package of CHPS services
– Task shifting to achieve universal access
– Communities as social and human capital for health system development and delivery
– Health services delivered using systems approach.
– CHO as a leader and community mobilizer
CHPS moves health services to community locations, develops sustainable volunteerism and community health action, empowers women and vulnerable groups, and improves health provider, household and community interaction.
CHPS began as a Community Health and Family Planning (CHFP) project based on lessons learnt from Bangladesh (Phillips, 1988). The project was launched in Navrongo as an operations research in 1994 piloted in three sub-districts. The Navorango experiment tested means of addressing inequities in the health system through mobilization of both health sector and community resources.
Ghana has been implementing the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) program for over 15 years. Considered one of the pragmatic strategies for achieving universal health coverage of a basic package of essential primary health services, CHPS has gained international recognition. Led by a Community Health Officer and supported by volunteers drawn from the area of service, the CHPS strategy is a breakthrough in enhancing community involvement and ownership of primary health care interventions towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC).
Over these years of CHPS implementation a lot of information on CHPS policy, strategy, implementation, best practices and other documents have been created with a lot more in the pipeline. There is therefore the need for these documents to be made readily accessible to health care providers, implementers and other stakeholders for decision making. This webpage has been developed to serve that purpose. Its object is to provide authentic and authoritative up- to- date information on CHPS locally and internationally.
In March 2016, the President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama launched the revised National CHPS Policy to help accelerate CHPS implementation in Ghana. It is my humble hope that this Webpage would provide a further boost for CHPS scale up in Ghana and preserve knowledge on CHPS for posterity.
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