Ghana context analysis for accountability interventions to support the delivery of FP2020 commitments

The right to enjoy full, free and informed access to contraceptive information, services and supplies is central to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as to the right to the highest attainable standard of health. These rights are universal, inalienable and indivisible, and States have a duty to respect, protect and fulfil these rights to the maximum of their available resources. There are a range of barriers and opportunities that either prevent or enable access to FP. Power, governance and accountability and women’s participation and leadership all influence the outcomes and capacity of key actors to deliver for FP.

Since signing the FP2020 commitments, Ghana has made strides in achieving some of the commitments made. Significant among them is the development and launch of the Ghana Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (GFPCIP) 2016-2020 which has the broader objective of improving wealth and health of people by improving the ability of women, men, and young people to fulfil their fertility intentions. The GFPCIP analyses key issues and barriers to family planning and provides a technical strategy to guide investments over the next five years. The GFPCIP document also harmonizes disparate policy documents on family planning programming in Ghana. Notwithstanding this, there are major gaps in funding, large areas of unmet need without a clear strategy and a lack of clarity and responsibility for funding for this plan.

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