Ghana Situational Analysis of Inpatient Care of Sick Newborns and Young Infants
The Situation Analysis for Inpatient Care of Newborns and Young Infants in Ghana is part of the USAIDled global initiative to understand the status of inpatient care of sick newborns and young infants (NYI) in low-and-middle-income countries. The objective of this assessment was to gather information on the status of inpatient services for NYIs in Ghana, to inform national planning as well as international strategies and programming for improving NYI inpatient care.
With support of USAID maternal and child health (MCH) core-funding, USAID ASSIST project conducted an assessment in 9 selected regional and district hospitals across 3 regions in Ghana during May and June 2018. The 9 selected hospitals included 2 with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and one witha special or basic care unit in each region. Data collection tools were developed by experts in NYI services and adapted to the Ghana context. Key informant interviews were conducted with national and regional Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel as well as with facility-level managers or service providers and infant caregivers. On average, 2-3 doctors or nurses and 2 caregivers were interviewed in each facility. In addition, each facility was assessed for availability of resources, infant care systems and services.