The German Last Mile Initiative is assisting the Government of Ghana to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake and pandemic response management. GIZ implements the financed measures through the Programme for Sustainable Economic Development. The project works with partners to develop risk communication and public education campaigns about COVID-19 vaccination, as well as to set up vaccination sites. It does this by training and deploying influential community members, opinion leaders and non-governmental organisations to sensitise people on the importance of vaccination. To ensure the proper storage of vaccines, the project trains supply chain partners in the maintenance of a seamless cold chain. It also supports efforts to improve medical waste management. Finally, the project supports research into COVID-19 management and promotes the use the e-health software SORMAS, which has proven to be an effective tool in the management of COVID-19. In total, the project has trained over 4,300 people in awareness raising, risk communication and the use of SORMAS. A mass media campaign has reached approximately 10 million people.
- Executing project: Programme for Sustainable Economic Development
- Implementing organisation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
- Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
- Local partners: Ghana Health Service, African German Health Association, World Vision Ghana, Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Funding: EUR 2.0 m from Last Mile Initiative
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