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    Acceptability and feasibility of introducing the WHO focused antenatal care package in Ghana.

    Nyarko P; Birungi H; Armar-Klemesu M; Arhinful D; Deganus S

    [Washington, D.C.], Population Council, Frontiers in Reproductive Health, 2006 Jun. [37] p. (USAID Cooperative Agreement No. HRN-A-00-98-00012-00)

    The Government of Ghana has adopted the WHO focused antenatal care (ANC) package in a move to improve access, quality and continuity of ANC services to pregnant women. As part of these efforts, the Government has exempted fees for ANC clients. The main objective of this study, undertaken by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), FRONTIERS, and with USAID funding, was to examine the extent to which adaptation of the package influenced quality of care received by pregnant women and its acceptability to both providers and clients. The study used a policy analysis and a situation analysis in ten intervention clinics in which the package had been introduced and four comparison clinics. Data were collected through key informant interviews, focused group discussions, client exit interviews, client card reviews, observations of provider-client interactions and review of facility records. (excerpt)
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