After months of research, pre-production and an impressive launch, MHC went live on 21 Febuary 2013 on GTV and TV3, Ghana's leading television stations.“Very impressed. Congrats!” - Prof Sai, Godfather of maternal health. “Vital. Should broaden the national health debate” – Daily Graphic.
“First of its kind in Ghana and possibly Africa” – The Guardian
"Expected to reach 8-10 million viewers per week" - Soul Beat Africa
"Very much a channel - a road or conduit to connect people" - Women's Media Center
"The Lights Have Gone Out Again" is a moving investigation into the high incidence of maternal deaths in Ghana. Filmed in diverse locations across Ghana, it tells powerful stories about the challenges that women confront as they seek care from the health services. It features key advocates, policy makers and leading health practitioners and highlights issues that hitherto had not featured highly in the national health debate.
MHC INTENSIFIES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS FOR IMPROVED MATERNAL HEALTH
The Maternal Health Channel begins a series of intensive community activations, focus group discussions and a unique training workshop for journalists in December 2013. These activations follow positive responses to the MHC series on radio and television. Dubbed MHC LIVE, the activities start on Wednesday 20 November 2013 with film screenings for female street porters (Kayayei) at various locations in Accra - Darkuman, Agbobloshie and Tema station. The events will also include discussions on a range of health and social issues affecting the street porters. Their plight as extremely poor, homeless citizens with no health cover whatsoever was highlighted by MHC’s programme on GTV in September. Since then a health and welfare committee has been formed, chaired by the Director - General of the Ghana Health Service and including Kayayei representatives, Marie Stopes International, National Health Insurance Scheme, MHC, USAID, Ghana Police Service and Blissful Bottoms. MHC provided a mapping of Kayayei groups in Accra and processes are now in tow to provide them with health insurance cover, better security and integrate them more effectively into both the local and national health systems. These screenings will provide opportunities for further dialogue, essential to finding lasting solutions to the various challenges. On Saturday 23 November, MHC LIVE starts another intensive campaign in Kasoa, one of the fastest growing cities in West Africa.
Following the public interest generated by MHC’s TV programmes on Kayayei, female street porters living and sleeping rough on the streets of Accra, MHC was invited by Dr. Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Director General of the Ghana Health Service to discuss the situation and help chart positive ways forward. Consultations followed and we are pleased to announce a city - wide health and welfare committee under the auspices of Ghana Health Service. This unique partnership of health providers, Kayayei representatives, MHC and NGO’s like Marie Stopes International and Blissful Bottoms represents a great chance to provide lasting solutions to the challenges posed by this critical sector of public health care.