Savana Signatures selected for the award of STAR Ghana grant

logoSavana Signatures has been awarded a 220.000 USD grant for the Implementation of a 2-year Technology for Maternal Health Project.

Out of a total of 230 applications submitted to STAR Ghana for its health call, 29 organisations have been awarded a total of 5.6million USD to implement various health projects. Savana Signatures is pleased to be one of the 29 organisations.

The Technology for Maternal health project is aimed at providing expectant mothers in 4 districts (Tamale, Yendi, Savelugu and Tolon) ready access to timely easy-to-understand maternal health care information. This would be done by transmitting (SMS and voice) maternal health information through the mobile phones of expectant mothers. The voice messages would be in the local language, Dagbani.

The Director of Savana Signatures, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo was on Thursday 31st January 2013 at the offices of STAR-Ghana for the signing ceremony to commence the project. The ceremony was chaired by the STAR-Ghana steering Committee Chairman, Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr. It also had representatives from STAR-Ghana’s donor partners (DFID, USAID, DANIDA and EU), the Oil and Gas grant partners and the press

A pilot of the Technology for Maternal Health Project designed by Savana Signatures started last year. It was implemented in partnership with the Northern Regional Library with funding from the Electronic Information for Libraries (eifl). All lessons learnt during the pilot with the Northern Regional Library would be brought on board for a scale up.