A network of independent Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Upper West region have held their quarterly Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) review meeting in Wa.


Quarterly review meetings are held each quarter to review previous activities, share experiences and plan for the next quarter.
Speaking on sidelines, Adamu Munkaila, Programme Officer of SEND-GHANA for the Upper West region explained that, the quarter under review was devoted to Maternal Health and Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) which has yielded positive results through the sensitization activities.
?Jirapa District is a typical example where each household agreed to contribute GH?1.00 each month to support women in labour and sick people (a situation that involve taking people to the hospital.) So far seven women have benefitted from this laudable initiative,” Munkaila is quoted as saying.

According to Alasidongo Bulari, the Chairperson of the PM&E for Upper West Region and Chief Executive Officer of People’s Action to Win Life All-around (PAWLA), making known the Disability Fund to Persons with Disability (PWD) who hitherto did not know about it is commendable. Today a lot more PWDs have become aware and can benefit from it.

If you look at maternal health, we can realize that through our advocacy work many more males, partners and husbands are partnering with their wives to make sure they have safe delivery and accompanying them to the health centres to attend antenatal and all that, Bulari said.

In spite of all these successes there exist some challenges that must be dealt with. Notable among them is funding for the Network which a key to the sustainability of the NGOs because getting funding to continue with projects has become difficult.

Though SEND-GHANA is doing well to support with some minimal amount, it is becoming very difficult to raise funds to continue with the activities we have ear marked, he lamented.

?In addition to funding, in Upper West, our roads are bad making it difficult for us to move from one place to the other in order to monitor activities that are going on in the various districts especially from Tumu to Wa.?

The existence of the focal NGOs as accountability structures that can watch over public funding, performance and programming is a huge advantage. We are the existing structures at the local base that are interacting with the people on the daily bases and empowering these people to demand accountability, Bulari said.



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