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.
Exactly a year ago today, the Maternal Health Channel (MHC) was born at a memorable event in Accra. In the presence of dignitaries, activists, a host of stakeholders and the public, a new campaign to reduce maternal deaths in Ghana and raise awareness about maternal health issues was born. And what a journey it has been! MHC has presented compelling real life stories that has broadened the national debate by incorporating women’s voices and bringing the concerns of marginalized people to national attention. The issues have been many but most would agree the stories have been reverting. They have made maternal health issues relevant to the daily lives of all citizens. We thank you for your support and burning desire to make a change, the Maternal Health Channel has touched many heartsand minds and enriched the lives of many people across Ghana and beyond. There have truly dramatic moments; when a supreme court judge recommended the series to a live national audience. The tremendous impact of the Kayayei stories. Dove, a village where women are not allowed to give birth and many more. MHC also got on the airwaves and produced some of the most engaging discussions ever heard in Ghana about women and the public health system. MHC received several internationally endorsements from global health icons and groups. We can all say this is just the beginning and there are many more stories to be told, more issues to be explore and positive solutions found. No woman must die for giving life. MHC will continue to engage and raise awareness for change because we believe it is possible and neccesary. Would like to say a big thank you to the incredibly hard working crew and numerous supporters, sponsors and collaborative partners – now too many to mention. Thanks once again and join us say a big AYEEKO! to everyone who has joined this critical campaign to save lives!. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to MHC!! One year no bi small.
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.