MeTA - Ghana

Ghana is one of the seven countries taking part in the pilot phase of MeTA. The resources listed below relate specifically to Ghana.

We will add to this key list over time and would welcome suggestions or additions. Please send these to: sourceassistant@hi-uk.org

Selected resources

Books, reports, etc

Getting research into policy and practice

INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (IDS)
October 2009

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This issue focuses on the innovative approaches to communicating research experiences being used by researchers and communication experts around sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS globally. It includes specific articles about Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and Bangladesh

Ghana national drug policy

Ministry of Health, Ghana
2004

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This policy includes the following sections: a situational analysis of drug selection; drug procurement, storage and distribution; drug financing; quality assurance; local manufacture of pharmaceutical and traditional medicinal products; rational drug use; global trade and pharmaceuticals; emerging diseases and pharmaceuticals; human resource development for drug management; traditional medicinal products; research and development; and implementation of the policy

Medicine prices in Ghana : a comparative study of public, private and mission sector medicine prices

GHANA HEALTH SERVICE, MINISTRY OF HEALTH
2006

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The results of this survey are intended to be used to advocate for policy development, future policy review or policy change that will result in making medicines more affordable and available to the majority of the population. It was conducted collaboration with the World Health Organization and Health Action International, using a standard list of medicines, a systematic sampling process, international reference prices, comparison of innovator brand and generically equivalent medicines and the identification of the components making up the final price. It is one of more than 40 studies conducted worldwide

Medicine prices surveys and proposed interventions to improve sustainable access to affordable medicines in 6 sub-Saharan African countries|Etudes des prix des medicaments et interventions proposeees pur ameliorer durablement l'acces aux medicaments dan

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2006

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This document brings together the outcomes of six surveys into medicine prices - for Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Chad and Uganda - and one for the East African Community (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) . The reports for Mali and Chad are written in French and the others in English

Ministry of Health programme of work 2002

EXTERNAL REVIEW TEAM
May 2003

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This report looks at the performance of Ghana's health sector in 2002 - the first implementation year of the country's Second Health Sector Five Year Programme of Work. It focuses on: service delivery and institutional care; health service financing and expenditure; procurement; logistics, human resources, organisational issues and government partner relations

The quality of anti-malarials : a study in selected African countries

MAPONGA, Charles
ONDARI, Clive
May 2003

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This was a pilot study to assess the quality of anti-malarials in selected African countries, and to determine whether the quality of these products was related to the level of the distribution chain at which the samples were collected. The data from this study indicate significant problems of substandard anti-malarial products circulating within the drug distribution chains in the African region. It therefore recommends that quality surveillance systems be set up within drug regulatory authorities in the region and that support be given to manufacturers to improve compliance with good manufacturing practices

Journal articles

Antimalarial drug quality in the most severely malarious parts of Africa - a six country study

BATE, Roger
et al
May 2008

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This article describes research conducted on a range of antimalarial drugs, procured from private pharmacies in urban and peri-urban areas in the major cities of six African countries which were subjected to semi-quantitative thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and dissolution testing to measure active pharmaceutical ingredient content against internationally acceptable standards

Shifting allegiances in access to medicines : the Medicines Transparency Alliance in Ghana

CHETLEY, Andrew
DODOO, Alexander
OFORI-ADJEI, David
September 2009

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This article looks at the ideas that Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) is testing, in order to achieve its long term goal to make high-quality essential medicines available and affordable to poor people who are currently unable to access them; and at how these ideas are being put into practice in Ghana. Ghana is one of the seven countries involved in the pilot phase of MeTA, the other countries are Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia