Policy Department

The mandate of the Department is to: 

  • Provide support for the development of policies and guidelines for Ghana Health Service and its implementation partners.
  • Design and apply monitoring and evaluation systems and tools for purposes of assessing the operational effectiveness of programmes.
  • Initiate or support the development of new products (international/local) based on credible research for the advancement of the objectives of the Ghana Health Service.

The functions of the Department include:

  • Participating in the development of policies and guidelines to govern collaboration with multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental agencies
  • Collaborating with Ministry of Health to identify donors for the health sector and Ghana Health Service
  • Ensuring that current and prospective donor partners of Ghana Health Service have access to adequate information about the policies of the Service and its priority needs
  • Assessing the implementation of policies and drawing on relevant sources of information to monitor progress in implementing key policies.

The Policy Department comprises the following four Units:

Policy Analysis and Formulation Unit: 

The Unit coordinates and provides technical support for:

  • Policy formulation in GHS
  • Translating national policies into operational guidelines and strategic direction
  • Reviewing existing policies; giving them strategic focus as well as formulating new policies
  • Carrying out trend assessment for GHS 
  • Monitoring progress in implementing key health sector policies in GHS
  • Managing documentation on GHS policies to facilitate easy access of information on the policies to all stakeholders

Gender and Inequalities Unit

The Unit is responsible for:

  • Coordinating gender and inequality matters in the Service.
  • Monitoring issues of inequalities within the Service.
  • Drawing up strategic direction for issues on Gender and Inequalities in the Service;
  • Analyzing and addressing the role of gender and sex in all its functional areas
  • Building evidence and developing norms and standards, tools, guidelines on gender and inequality issues in the Service
  • Mainstreaming gender into GHS Polices and Programmes.

Inter-sectoral and Public-Private Cooperation Unit

    The Unit is responsible for: 

  • Relating to other stakeholders including donor coordination.
  • Promoting Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
  • Promoting collaboration with the other sectors including NGOs and Civil Societies.

Health Systems Development Unit

The Unit is responsible for developing health systems strengthening initiatives to facilitate service delivery.