Strengthening Health Programs in Ghana with Local Expertise

MSI is working with USAID to strengthen its M&E program, contributing to more effective program design and ultimately health service delivery.

USAID’s health portfolio in Ghana targets a diverse array of issues, including maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, and malaria. Successful programs require timely data collection and analysis and well-designed evaluations to enhance performance and share learning.

MSI is implementing the Evaluate for Health (E4H) project, helping USAID to strengthen its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program.

The project is providing the Mission with M&E technical assistance, training, operational research and evaluations to promote effective use of USAID health sector resources and support evidence-based programming decisions. The project will also contribute to Ghana’s health research through a large-scale baseline study and other periodic health surveys that will gather data on quality of services and the culture of quality assurance within health facilities across Ghana. Information will also be collected on health service clients and community attitudes about quality of care and community support for improved service delivery.

A unique element of the project’s mission is to assess and strengthen local capacity for health research management, working in partnership with Ghana’s research institutions. In line with USAIDForward and in light of the depth of local health expertise, E4H is staffed by an all-Ghanaian team. The team is responsible for designing and implementing all project activities and for providing M&E assistance and support to USAID and its implementing partners, working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.