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Saving Maternity Homes in Ghana, Innovate for Health Project

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Banyan Global was the prime implementer of the USAID-funded Saving Maternity Homes in Ghana, Innovate for Health Project. This program focused on the challenges and opportunities facing private maternity homes in Ghana, piloting an innovative approach to revitalize the private maternity sector in underserved areas. The project worked with existing private maternity home owners who may have been nearing retirement on “transformation” options – selling the facility, leasing out the facility, bringing on a partner, bringing on a manager, or bringing on a specialist who would enable the facility to diversify its service offerings. New owners and/or managers included other private maternity home owners, public sector midwives looking to transition to the private sector, other health professionals, or non-health professionals seeking investment opportunities. Ultimately, this program had the potential to increase access, improve efficiencies and expand quality maternal-child healthcare in rural areas. Banyan Global also conducted operations research to examine the impact of programming and generate lessons learned for future replication. Banyan Global implemented the project in partnership with the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA).