SALT LAKE

801-587-8889

 

University of Utah

Office for Global Engagement

260 Central Campus Drive, 

Room 3105

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

ensignglobal@ensign.edu.gh

BOSTON

177 Huntington Avenue,

21st Floor

Boston, MA 02115

GHANA

Ensign College of Public Health

Tema-Akosombo Highway, Kpong Eastern Region, Ghana

P.O. Box AK 136, Akosombo

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HEALTH 2 GO

Health 2 Go is a proven plug-in system that brings basic health services to communities improving maternal and child health and survival, reducing the demand for institutionalized health services (reducing overall healthcare costs), expanding workforce capacity, and accelerating progress towards health-related SDGs. Health 2 Go creates capacity for communities to be healthy, well, and self-reliant.

The Health 2 Go system integrates strong consumer branding, evidence-supported training, field-tested equipment and supplies, on-going supervision, health system integration, community participation, and certification. By utilizing this proven model, Health 2 Go has demonstrated impact on participating communities and is expanding to reach communities throughout the world.

BACKGROUND

For three years, Health 2 Go has been piloting community-based healthcare systems in the Manya Krobo and Barakese Districts of Ghana. Over 20,000 community members have participated, with an emphasis on controlling diseases among children 0 - 5.

Through regular home visits over 5,000 children were assessed and over 3,500 diseases were diagnosed and treated. This eliminates the necessity of CHPS or Health Center visits, thus freeing those services up for other patients and more serious conditions. Long-term this system can reduce the need for building Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS), District Health Centers, and hospitals.

The Health 2 Go systems overcome all known limitations of community-health worker programs via:

  • Integration with existing government and communal systems

  • Strong consumer recognition and acceptance

  • Community-based agents (CBAs) embedded in the communities and provided with on-going

supervision and education

  • Community engagement

  • High-quality equipment and supplies

  • Controlled financial model

Health 2 Go Aims to:

  • Prioritize maternal and child health while improving conditions for the entire community

  • Detect disease early and treat in the community when appropriate

  • Support ongoing disease prevention and health promotion

  • Maintain links with the broader clinical system, especially for rural and otherwise underserved communities