Promoting maternal and child health rights for women and children
MAMACARE-GHANA ORGANIZATION (MMCGO) is a local non-profit making organization founded in 1996. At the beginning, the organization was registered as Akpafu Traditional Birth Attendants Women’s Association.
The organization promotes sexual and reproductive health rights for women and children and undertakes activities also in Gender equality, women and children basic rights, women economic rights, women empowerment health and educational infrastructure projects, and provision of water and sanitation in the Republic of Ghana.
MAMACARE-GHANA ORGANIZATION is registered with the registrar General’s Department of the Republic of Ghana and obtained a certificate of incorporation of a Company under the Companies Act 1963, Act 179 as a Limited by Guarantee.
MamaCare-Ghana Organization (MMCGO) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all in Ghana.
MamaCare-Ghana envision a society in which all women and girls can exercise their fundamental human rights to:
- access by all pregnant women to prenatal care, trained attendants during child birth and referral facilities for high risk pregnancies and obstetric emergencies
- access by all couples to information and services to prevent pregnancies which are too early, too closely spaced, too late or too many
- access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
- make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
- participate in and assume leadership to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
MamaCare-Ghana advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, MamaCare-Ghana furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening traditional birth attendants, community health workers, and community health nurses in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the project region.
The main focus of the trainings is pre- and postnatal care of mother and child and the awareness of the population about sexual and reproductive health rights.
MamaCare-Ghana organization has worked to reduce maternal mortality rates and train community-based midwives (CBMVs) to administer safe prenatal, delivery and postnatal care and services in the Volta Region of Ghana.
The organization activities: 1) conducting community outreach programs to increase access to pre and post-natal care and advocate with local leaders against harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Trokosi (ritual servitude) that compromise the health of mothers and children:2) undertaking community education on sexual and reproductive health: 3) facilitating training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) with information for hospital referrals, family planning, enhanced medical techniques and health care kits as s strategy to reduce high risk pregnancies and maternal and infant mortality; and 4) advising pregnant women and mothers on infant health.
The organization has designated a holistic approach to promote HIV/AIDS preventive care and treatment, and reduce mother-to-child transmission as well as transmission from community health workers to mother or a child due to unsafe practices or procedures.
Our Achievements & Impact
Since its creation, MamaCare-Ghana organization has undertaken a number of training workshops for practising but untrained community midwives. So far, the organization has trained 187 practising but untrained community midwives from about 100 villages in Hohoe municipality, Afadzato South District and South Dayi District In 2009, MamaCare-Ghana provided a training programme for 80 women in income generation, basic financial management.
At the General Meeting held in January 2012, MamaCare-Ghana took a resolution to expand its scope of programmes and to include Food and nutritional information to mothers and local women’s farmers groups. In its light, the organization resolved to establish A Community-Based Food and Nutritional Information Centre which is to be cited at Akpafu Mempeasem. The Centre will serve as a base where local self-help farmers’ and women groups could obtain or access information on food security, nutritional values for the pregnant women and lactation mothers.
Through MamaCare-Ghana programs, over 50,000 people have become more knowledgeable on family Planning, HIV/AIDS and other Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs).
MamaCare-Ghana organization had organized five workshops for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Hohoe Municipality. The workshop brought about 120 participants together where topics like Stigmatization, discrimination and their rights were discussed. The project was funded by National AIDS Control Program-Ghana (NACP). In addition, the fund establishes an income generating activity for the PLWHA. The project also distributed about 15,000 pieces of condoms to participants.
MamaCare-Ghana has also organized about 30 workshops for community based midwives on Malaria and Diarrhea prevention where participants acquired knowledge on causes of malaria and diarrhea, and prevention. Through this program, about 187 community based midwives’ capacity has been build. The program also distributed about 890 Insecticide Treated Bed Net for pregnant women and children under five years.
MamaCare-Ghana organization and Child Survival Program; this program brought about 170 community health workers and community-based midwives came together to lean about infant and young feeding. Discussions were settled on locally available food which are not expensive but possess enough nutrients that a child need to survive malnutrition. Emphases is laid on exclusive breast feeding for six months. Nutrition appropriate for a pregnant mother and also a post-natal mother.
MamaCare-Ghana will continue to work with local communities to improve health and rights for women and child in Ghana.
We are a local non-profit making organization founded in 1996.
We promote sexual and reproductive health rights for women and children and undertakes activities also in Gender equality, women and children basic rights, women economic rights, women empowerment health and educational infrastructure projects,in the Republic of Ghana.
We are registered with the registrar General’s Department of the Republic of Ghana and obtained a certificate of incorporation of a Company under the Companies Act 1963, Act 179 as a Limited by Guarantee
Hohoe, Volta Region
Ghana, West Africa
Phone: +233 (0) 24-6723642