A THREE-DAY skills building workshop on the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) programme has ended in Kumasi.
Twenty participants drawn from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions attended the workshop.
MeTA is an alliance of partners working to improve access to medicines by increasing transparency and accountability in the health care marketplace.
For a start, the MeTA programme is being piloted in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Jordan, Kargystan, Peru and the Philippines with the emphasis on making information about medicines publicly available, affordable and accessible to the poor.
The Kumasi workshop was facilitated by officials from the Ghana Health Service, Food and Drugs Board, Health Access Network and the National Health Insurance Scheme.
In an address read on his behalf by the Deputy Director of the Ghana Health Service in the Ashanti Region, Mrs Comfort Obeng-Agyekum, the Regional Director of GHS, Dr Alhaji Mohammed Bin Ibrahim, called for the government's involvement in the MeTA idea because of the inherent benefits of the programme.
The Co-ordinator of the Middle Zone MeTA Ghana and Executive Director of El-Mamun Centre, a health-based NGO in the Kumasi Metropolis, Mr Muhammad Mamun Jafar, urged the participants to put what they learnt into practice.
He said the programme was funded by the United Kingdom’s DFID and commended the organisation for its support.