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.
“A real litmus test for Ghana” – CNN
“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
Dancehall superstar Kaakie, who in May dedicated her Vodafone Ghana Music Award trophy to the fight for better maternal health, joined us on MHC Radio to talk straight up on sex education, contraception, maternal health and of course why she's toooo much! Head over to our Audio/Visual page to hear this in-depth interview!
Aku Kwamie Research Fellow, Ghana Health Service/University of Ghana
A month ago, I wrote up some of my reflections from the Global Maternal Health Conference. In that piece, I called for a ‘moral revolution’ in maternal health care.. Read more
On August 14th in Ghana's supreme court, the whole nation heard an extraordinary statement about the recent death of Perfect Daba from Torgome. The story was featured on Maternal Health Channel on GTV and TV3. Supreme Court Judge Justice Jones Victor Mawulorm Dotse highlighted the case as truly unfortunate and deserving a better hearing and not justice denied.
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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.
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.
The problem of empty blood banks continues to plague Ghanaian hospitals, and while attention is focused mainly on the bigger hospitals like Korle Bu, there are numerous other facilities experiencing the same, and even worse problems. An example of such a facility is the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Mampong in the Eastern Region of Ghana. MHC was privileged to have a chat with one of the doctors at Tetteh Quarshie Memorial, Dr. Sarah Atunah-Jay, MD MPH. She is an American but has found herself in Ghana through her husband, who is a Ghanaian. She has been in Ghana for almost 2 years and lives here with her husband and their 2 children. They relocated to Ghana because they felt that with her experience in the medical field, and with Ghana being a place in need of quality medical expertise, she would be instrumental in contributing to Ghana becoming a successful sustainable society. In the interview, she stated that hospital is constantly without blood in its blood bank. She cites the ever-common story of patients having to go and find family members or friends as possible donors. She gave an account of a child who was on the verge of death because there was no blood in the blood bank, but they were fortunate to have a student physician assistant who heard about the child’s ordeal and happened to be a matching blood type and he volunteered to donate blood, eventually saving the life of the child. This, she feels, is the epitome of a true healthcare provider, someone who is willing to go beyond his or her intellectual capacity and give more of themselves to save a life. She states that we tend to spend a lot of time praying and such little time donating blood. She encourages and implores everyone to make the effort to donate blood regularly to keep the blood banks at capacity and to save the lives of those who need blood at critical moments.
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.
MHC was approached by a freelance journalist, Angela Sarpong, to write an article pertaining to Maternal Health. Ms. Sarpong works for local and international blogs and websites writing on various issues. She came across our website and was moved to write an article for us. So here it is, some helpful and handy tips to help you reduce risks during your pregnancy
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