At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the government of Ghana pledged to make contraception free in the public sector. In 2013, the government made a step toward fulfilling this commitment by adding contraception to the list of free services provided to women as part of maternal health care. The Ghana Health Service is currently developing a package of family health services that will have key family planning interventions; all interventions in the package will be free of charge.
In the last three years, Ghana has broadened the range of family planning methods that are available, adding IUDs and implants. Nurses are now authorized to offer contraceptive implants, and the Ghana Health Service is considering task-shifting this to additional community health workers.
Efforts to increase family planning counseling have been stepped up, and new campaigns for adolescents and adolescent-friendly services are being developed. An additional 1,300 midwives were trained last year, an increase over prior years.
Source: Ghana Health Service, via SEEK interview.