She said it would help promote and maximise equity in the planning and delivery of health services, to become confident leaders and networkers using the participatory monitoring and evaluation methods to champion health rights of the people.
She stressed the need for community leaders to seize the opportunities to strengthen the capacity of the people to render effective services to clients in the communities.
Madam Oku was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at a sensitisation leadership, advocacy and networking programme implementing SEND Ghana’s PMOE method for the community leaders in five communities under the USAID people for Health (P4H).
The five P4H selected communities in the Accra Metropolitan Area are Bukom, Chorkor, Sukura-Zongo, Odorna and Abeka Lapaz, benefitted from SEND Ghana, an international NGO, penplusbytes and the Ghana News Agency, with funding support from the USAID.
She said the training created a space for the community leaders to reflect on the role of capacity development in ensuring the long term effectiveness and sustainability of the P4H activities in the communities.
Mr Benjamin Lartey, the Project Coordinator of the Janok Foundation, said the training was strongly related to problems of HIV/AIDS clients in the communities and campaign on key qualities issues and skills of an effective PMOE leader.
He urged the community leaders to talk to families, friends to persuade the HIV clients to feel accepted so that they open up to discuss their situation, status, access health services and help educate others.
Mr Andrew Abbey, a Director at the Ghana Health Service said combating the diseases required collaboration between health workers, clients and the people in which the person lived and urged the community leaders to collaborate to foster relationship and create an acceptable plan known as the “Patients Charter communicate important health messages for the people.
He believed that educational opportunity and support was one important way to start combating HIV at the most basic level.
Mr Abbey told the participants to facilitate an effective monitoring in the selected communities, adding that “there had been a lot of HIV clients treated because of good cure they are enjoying in the communities, and urged them not to discriminate against them.