Leyaata Ane

Reporting Organization:Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 1,914,862
Timeframe: February 25, 2016 - March 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Lynnita Weber
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID)

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ghana - $ 1,914,862.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (50 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (30 %)

Adolescent Health (20 %)

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This project aims to reduce neonatal mortality in rural northern Ghana by building on a previous initiative on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) called Leyaata. Leyaata Ane seeks to double the geographic scope of the previous Leyaata project by adding an additional 80 communities to the original 82. It aims to improve the delivery of health care, specifically healthcare around birth, by training 50 health workers, encouraging the adoption of codes of conduct, and ensuring facilities meet basic requirements for safe care around birth. A proven home visit program conducted by community-based health volunteers is used to increase access to this improved care. Project activities include: (1) providing health workers with training in essential interventions at birth and for newborns; (2) rehabilitating and equipping local facilities with essential technologies; (3) training and equipping community based volunteers to provide home visits for antenatal counselling and neonate monitoring; (4) distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets to all pregnant women and new mothers; and (5) facilitating support groups to promote women’s care around birth and shared decision-making. The project is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 39,000 people including approximately 20,000 children. In addition, more than 139,000 people are expected to benefit indirectly from this project’s results. Ghana Rural Integrated Development is implementing this project in collaboration with the following local partner: Northern Empowerment Association.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Descriptors: Rural Local minority groups Fulani
Total Direct Population: 66,880
Total Indirect Population: 139,000
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Bed nets supplied
Clinics refurbished
Clinics supplied
Technical support
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; and (2) improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women and newborns.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of December 2017 include: (1) all participating health care providers achieved certification in the “Helping Babies Breathe” program; (2) 13 local health facilities have access to essential equipment (light, clean water, sanitation facility, refrigeration) for safer childbirth and have been provided with adequate supplies to care for women in pregnancy; 11 of these facilities have access to drugs (oxytocin and magnesium sulfate) which has increased access by health workers to essential goods and environmental management practices necessary for care; (3) over 90% of pregnant women in the targeted areas received two educational visits from community based surveillance volunteers (CBSVs) prior to giving birth and affirmed that they had access to, and used a long-lasting insecticidal net during pregnancy; and (4) 167 CBSVs have been trained and are now educating pregnant women and monitoring newborns for signs of distress. Overall these results have contributed to improved delivery of essential gender-responsive health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and adolescents, and have improved utilization of gender-responsive essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and adolescents.


SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
MNCH-related indicators
  • # of health facilities equipped with maternal and newborn child health, or sexual and reproductive health equipment
  • %/total of health workers (male/female) trained and using their learned skills
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
  • Relevant data collection on vital statistics (birth, deaths, and causes of deaths) are collected
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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