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To Norsaac, timely delivery of information is the best way to go in providing health care delivery to people. Thus, most of Norsaac’s interventions cater for the improvement of health via prevention through social and behavioral change approaches and channels at all levels of the chain.

The USAID’s Accelerating Social and Behavior Change Activity (ASBC) is a five-year (5) $29.1million project, implemented by a consortium of FHI 360 (the prime partner), Norsaac, Savannah Signatures, Mullen Lowe, and the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN). ASBC continues USAID’s long investment in the Ghana Health Service (GHS). ASBC will enable Ghana’s Health Promotion Division (HPD) to achieve its Strategic Objective to “lead SBC efforts using tested mass media and community engagement tools,” and to “magnify Communicate for Health learnings” whereby target populations (women of reproductive age, newborns, children <5, adolescents/youth <25) “sustainably adopt healthy behaviors and practices, including timely use of health services and products” (ASBC Goal) across multiple health areas nationally and in 17 zones of influences of the Northern Ghana –where the most severe health disparities persist.

Norsaac’s role: Norsaac is responsible for the achievement of result 2. The organization leads community mobilization and engagement of district structures and communities and will be held accountable for achieving coverage in each of the 17 districts and for progress in achieving measurable behavior change, leading local capacity building efforts and sub awardee management.

Duration: 5 Years 

Donor: FHI360

The Power to choose (P2C) is a seven-year Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) project, which seeks to have increased enjoyment of health-related human rights by the most marginalized and vulnerable right holders, particularly women, adolescent girls, and children in the Savelugu and Sagnarigu municipalities.

Currently, Norsaac is working government institution such as GHS, GES, department of Gender, Community development and social welfare to increase knowledge and skills of adolescents and young people on SRHR through awareness creation, increase access and utilization of quality SRHR information among adolescents in Northern Ghana and create an enabling environment for Adolescent Girls and Young Women to exercise their SRHR.

The project is implemented in partnership with five local organizations in Ghana, (Norsaac, PPAG, SEND GHANA, WILDAF and PRADA).

Project Duration: 7 Years 

Donor : Global Affairs Canada through OXFAM IN GHANA

The Championing Nutrition and Gender Equality (CHANGE) project is a 5-year project in partnership with Children Believe and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The primary objective of the project is to enhance nutritional outcomes for the most vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on pregnant and lactating women, along with their children, in disadvantaged regions of Ghana and Ethiopia.

The project will be implemented in three regions: the Northern, Savannah, and Upper East Regions of Ghana, encompassing a total of 108 communities.

The Project Objectives are:

Ultimate Project Outcome

Improved nutrition for the poorest and most marginalized (especially women, adolescent girls and children) in Ghana and Ethiopia.

The intermediate outcomes of the CHANGE project are as follows:

Outcome 1: Improved women’s leadership and control over resources for community and individual gender equitable nutrition practices

Outcome 2: Strengthened gender-equitable integrated nutrition and health services for the poorest and most marginalized especially women, girls and children.

Outcome 3: Improved effectiveness of key stakeholders to provide gender responsive community-based nutrition specifics activities for women, adolescent girls and children locally.

Project Duration: 5 Years 

Donor:  Children Believe 

The Informed Choices for Change (IC4C) Project seeks to enhance the provision of age and content appropriate Reproductive Health Education (RHE) to young people by equipping teachers with the relevant knowledge and skills needed to teach RHE in schools. The project aims at equipping teachers with essential skills to teach SRHR using Norsaac’s Alternative Choices Manual. Four teacher training colleges have therefore been identified and partnered with. These colleges are; Tamale College of Education, Bagabaga College of Education, Gbewaa College of Education and St. John Bosco College of Education.  Student teachers numbering a total of 120 have been recruited and trained who are in turn integrating the activities in the manual in their lessons. Again, the IC4C project also focuses on advocating for the implementation of the RHE guidelines for Ghanaian schools. To achieve this, Norsaac is strategically engaging other CSOs to coordinate and convene them to develop a strategy for common RHE advocacy focusing on the same content, participatory approaches and advocating for the approval and implementation of the RHE guidelines. Another approach being employed is strengthening existing youth groups/networks to form a strong movement to advocate for comprehensive information and skills on RHE for all young people in Ghana,

Project Duration: 5 Years 

Donor : by AXIS Denmark

The “Lets Talk Menopause” pilot project is designed to break the silence of menopause as a critical part of the life cycle of women. As a forgotten area, menopause has become a key factor promoting Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) for elderly women. It also perpetrates the cycle of violence where uninformed menopausal women unintentional sexually abuse their sexual partners with such sexually abused sexual partners also sexually abusing younger women. This pilot intervention will work with menopausal couples with a therapy-based approach. It will also explore safe spaces for menopausal women with intergenerational dialogue approaches to change mindset of young women and men around menopause. It will equally document the policy and practice space in Ghana on services and programs around menopause for strategic advocacy and partnerships.

Project Duration: 5 Years 

Donor : Oxfam in Gnana