Ghana - Test Treat Track Research Report
Seven years after the launch of the Test, Treat and Track (T3) policy in Ghana, significant gains have been made in combatting malaria.
Despite this, Malaria continues to be a major cause of illness and death in Ghana. Funded partners in Ghana came together to conduct joined research into the effective implementation of the T3 policy
This study assesses knowledge and adherence of the policy among selected districts in Ghana, exploring barriers to implementation for health decision makers.
The study uses exit surveys, health facility assessments and interviews from district health management teams in 31 health facilities across 6 districts across southern, middle and northern Ghana, and uses a community scorecard approach.
The study found that testing before treatment is widely practiced by health care providers. Also, although there are some tracking systems in place, numerous challenges hinder the tracking of malaria clients.
In summary, the report provides further evidence that while awareness of the T3 policy is high, and implementation is fairly well adopted, there are still notable capacity and delivery gaps such as staffing shortages, infrastructure/logistics problems, and a lack of funding for staff training which continue to present major barriers for the effective implementation of the T3 policy.Download