Implementation of MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) as a Strategy to Overcome Inequalities in Access to Maternal Health Services in Ghana

03 Mar 2014
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Summary

The paper shares Ghana’s experience in the development of MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) for MDG 5. It identifies gaps in Ghana’s existing policies; programmes in maternal health interventions, which inhibit the attainment of MDG 5; maps the various steps leading to the development of MAF for MDG 5; identifies, priorities, and states the bottlenecks, and their solutions to the attainment of MDG 5;outlines the successes and challenges of the MAF process from development to implementation; and makes recommendations for other countries intending to develop MAF. It will serve as a one-stop reference material for other countries intending to develop MAF.

Highlights

  • While MDGs 1 and 2 are on course to be achieved, 3 and 7 are likely to be partially achieved, 6 has the potential to be achieved, and goals 4, 5 and the sanitation aspect of 7 are lagging.
  • Hemorrhage accounts for 24 percent of maternal deaths in Ghana while abortion comes second, with a 15 percentage point.
  • The current maternal mortality ratio of 350 per 100,000 live births is so slow that it is unlikely that Ghana will attain the national MDG target by 2015 without acceleration.
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