Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Feb. 28, GNA – The Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) has stated that gender equality and social inclusion in all health policies were critical in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) three.
It said the SDG goal three, which seeks to achieve health for all by 2030 could only be achieved when all, irrespective of gender and social status were included in policy formulation and implementation at all levels.
Ms. Joyce Amedoe, Programmes Development Manager of ARHR, said policies on important health programmes such as the national health insurance scheme, the community-based health planning services and other related issues should be gender balanced at all levels in order to be able to achieve targets.
She was speaking at a seminar in Kumasi to share findings on the situational analysis report of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), mainstreamed in national health policies and commitments related to universal health care.
It was attended by officials from the national health insurance authority, Ghana health service and some selected corporate organizations.
Ms. Amedoe, said the findings of the situational report indicated that most health policies in Ghana were either gender neutral or specific.
Even with those that recognised the need for gender equality, the implementation mechanisms put in place do not address the problems identified.
Additionally, the requisite resources are not made available to achieve set objectives and that few policies focused on ensuring social inclusion, she added.
The GESI, is a three-year project being funded by STAR-Ghana.
Ms Amedoe said the situation analysis report was intended to contribute to actions that would demonstrate how Ghana could address systemic issues and challenges that hinder the effective integration and implementation of GESI actions in Universal Health Care (UHC) and related national health issues.
It would also help to enable Ghanaians contribute to ensuring that marginalized and vulnerable groups in the society were successfully provided for in the nation’s efforts at achieving UHC.
Ms. Amedoe said without ensuring that GESI was effectively included in policy formulation, preparation and implementation the health for all agenda would not be achieve in Ghana by 2030.