From 2007 to 2013, FANTA collaborated with the Ghana Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and other nutrition stakeholders to strengthen nutrition programs and services and integrate them into the health system. FANTA’s work focused on the provision of technical assistance to:
- Introduce community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and scale up integrated CMAM services within the existing Ghanaian health system. By the time FANTA’s activities were completed, 1,023 health facilities provided CMAM services and 15,025 children had been treated for severe acute malnutrition.
- Introduce nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) and scale up integrated NACS services within existing HIV and TB service delivery. After 4 years, NACS services were provided at 83 health facilities, 5,533 people living with HIV received supplementary or therapeutic food, and 18,688 people living with HIV received nutrition assessment and counseling.
- Strengthen maternal and child health and nutrition (MCHN) services. As a result, Ghana’s nursing and midwifery curriculums were updated, 132 tutors were trained, and the national nutrition policy will be presented to the cabinet for ratification.
FANTA’s report on strengthening nutrition in Ghana provides a summary of achievements and results in Ghana in these three areas over the past 6 years, challenges that were addressed, and recommendations for future programming.