Outdooring of the Youth Employment Modules

Outdooring of the Youth Employment Modules
Ghana Youth Employment Agency

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu has said that 20,000 Ghanaian youth are to be employed in the Youth in Health module under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA). This will help improve health delivery in the communities.
Mr. Haruna said this at the official outdooring of the Youth Employment modules in Accra.
He said that the Agency needed a legal framework to back its operations. Again, it had to identify funding sources for the implementation of the modules. Currently the Communication Service Tax, GetFund and District Assembly Common Fund are the main source of funding.
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu advised officers of the Agency to acquaint themselves with the Act that established the Agency, in order to guide them in the recruitment exercise.
He stressed that the recruitment exercise should be non-partisan and the Agency should engage the communities in all levels.
Mr. Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health, said the engagement of Community Health Workers (CHW) would boost Ghana’s chances in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target.
He said infant and under-5 mortality was still high in Ghana; thus it has become necessary for CHW to educate women on good health and sanitation practices.
Mr. Segbefia said the free maternal care delivery system, the establishment of additional midwifery training schools, and the Ghana Newborn Strategy and Action Plan were landmarks in the fight to end preventable infant and under-five mortality.
In his welcome address, Mr. Kobina Beecham, Chief Executive Officer of YEA, said that the YEA will collaborate mostly with established state institutions to implement its programmes. YEA will also partner with other international institutions to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the United Nations to create decent and sustainable jobs for Ghanaians. This, he said, was the vision of H. E. President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Beecham said that the Agency in collaboration with its partners will recruit, train and equip, deploy and employ over 20,000 young people as CHW. “This will provide a unique opportunity to fill the unemployment gap, while at the same time promoting universal health coverage especially for rural and deprived communities”.
The Chief Executive Officer of YEA cautioned the public not to purchase any application forms from any one. He said that all applications would be advertised in the Newspapers, on Radio and other channels; and registrations done online or at the district and regional offices of YEA.
Mr. Hubert Charles, National Director of World Vision said that they will partner with government to reduce the Child and Maternal mortality rate to an acceptable level.
On their part, the one million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) campaign will work closely with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Youth Employment Agency, World Vision International and other organizations to promote quality and affordable health services for all communities.
The 1mCHW campaign has a mission to accelerate the attainment of universal health coverage in rural sub-Saharan Africa by supporting governments, international partners, UN agencies, and national Stakeholders dedicated to community health worker scale-up in the context of health systems.

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