The Family Health Division is a new Division carved out of the Former Public Health Division in May 2008 to strengthen focus and coordination as well as an improvement of resource mobilization of Public Health Programmes and Activities in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and Health Promotion Vision
The vision of the Division is to have healthy adults and children for National development.
The mission of the Family Health Division (FHD) is to contribute to improvement in the health and quality of life of persons of reproductive age and beyond as well as children by: (i) Providing high quality reproductive, child health and nutrition services and (ii) optimal health and nutrition promotion through well informed, highly skilled and motivated staff.
Objectives of the Division
- To ensure the development of comprehensive public health policies, sustainable strategic plans, programmes and budgets to cover activities of the Service in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and Health Promotion at all levels.
- Undertake periodic review of the activities of the Ghana Health Service and that of its programme implementation partners in the area of public health with emphasis on Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and Health Promotion;
- To cater for the design and application of support, monitoring and evaluation systems for purposes of assessing and improving the operational effectiveness of the Ghana Health Service’s interventionsas it pertains to Family Health; and
- To advocate for support and funding forprograms in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition Health Promotion and other related fields.
Functional Responsibilities and Authority The Director The Divisional Director is responsible for the core functions of the Division and exercise of authority by the Director is derived from and consistent with her responsibilities as well as authority delegated by the immediate superior. In effect, the superior authority of the DG/DDG guides the exercise of authority but the coordination and development of strategies for the execution of the core functions is the responsibility of the Director and her deputies. The Director coordinates and mediates departmental and interdepartmental issues as well as those relating to stakeholders outside the GHS. Core Functions
- Coordination, guidance and development of short, medium and long-term plans and budgets for the Ghana Health Service’s public health programmedevelopment (in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and Health Promotion), including the preparation of projects and programmes for local and international financing consistent with the Sector-Wide/Multi-Sector Approach;
- Review of existing Policies and support in the Development of new and evidence-based policies and implementation strategies for the well-being of individual members of all ages in households and communities consistent with development objectives and needs;
- The Provision of Maternal, Adolescent, Child and Reproductive health and nutrition services through the development of collaborative strategies with other service providers;
- The provision of support, monitoring and evaluation (including research) of Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health, Adolescent Health and Development, Nutrition and Health Promotion programmes and projects in collaboration with the Regions, Districts and other health programme implementing agencies with a view to promoting program effectiveness and efficiency;
- The production and management of health information for general public consumption as a decision support system, made accessible to health providers, consumers, individuals and households for effective decision-making;
- The Monitoring of the implementation of all public health field programs and projects initiated by the Service in the area of Family Health and ensure the prudent utilization of budget provisions;
- The development of surveillance systemspertaining to Maternal, Adolescent, New Born, Child Health, Reproductive Health/Family Planning, Nutrition and Health Promotion consistent with national, bilateral and international expectations;
- The development and support of the implementation of recommendations of audits in strengthening systems and strategies for the improvement of maternal, newborn and child health and nutritional status ;
- Support the review of public health intervention financing and resource (human and infrastructure) allocation strategies and its impact on access, quality and efficiency to consumers pertaining to Family Health;