The Upper East branch of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has officially inaugurated and presented a total of 1,080 trained mothers to community members and traditional authorities at separate ceremonies across four districts in the Upper East Region.


The mothers, who were members of various Red Cross Mothers’ Clubs, have been trained on maternal and child health under an intervention programme sponsored by the Swiss Red Cross.

A group of 270 of such trained mothers selected from 157 Red Cross Mothers’ Clubs across the Kassena-Nankana Municipality were for instance outdoored at Doba near Navrongo.


Their training equipped them with knowledge to educate their peers on good child health care practices for new-borns as well as guide and counsel pregnant women in the communities to patronise antenatal and postnatal services at various health facilities within the Municipality.

The trained Red Cross Mothers and their colleagues in three other districts of the Upper East Region including Nabdam, Bongo and Binduri Districts are part of change agents under the GRCS’s Maternal Newborn and Child Health Programme launched last September to assist stakeholders like the Ghana Health Service in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 which centre on maternal and child health.

Mrs. Olivia Fatchu, the Health Coordinator of the GRCS and selected staff of the Ghana Health Service, spent several weeks schooling hundreds of Volunteer Mothers and trainers on how to recognise danger signs during pregnancy such as bleeding, swelling of feet and hands, profuse vomiting, lower abdominal pains and paleness among other symptoms.


Meanwhile, she revealed that some danger signs in new born babies may include rashes, discharging eyes, infected cord and difficulty in breathing.

According Mrs. Fatchu, upon detection of these signs in either pregnant mothers or babies, the Volunteers are required to immediately call in the nearest community health nurse or report at the nearest health centre for appropriate medical advice and remedies.

Upper East Regional Manager of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr. Joseph Abarike, in his address to officially outdoor the trained Red Cross Mothers emphasised that their mandate was to ensure that many more pregnant mothers availed themselves for antenatal services from conception to their delivery at accredited health facilities and that children at the infant stages always sleep under treated mosquito nets.

Mr. Abarike acknowledged the massive support received from major collaborators such as the Ghana Health Service and the Swiss Red Cross for their perpetual support in training the mothers and volunteers as well as funding their activities respectively. He also commended the Municipal and District Assemblies for their assistance but appealed to them to donate office space to the Red Cross at the Assemblies’ level to aid its smooth execution of interventions.

District Directors of Health and the District Chief Executives in the programme implementation districts witnessed the inauguration ceremonies.

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)

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