Project profile — The Leyaata (“Rescue Us”) Project to Reduce Maternal, Infant and Child Mortality


Ghana Rural Integrated Development (CA-CRA_ACR-2837694926)
2011-12-06 - 2015-02-28
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Malaria control (12262) (75.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality in 50 marginalized villages in the north Kintampo and south Bole districts of Ghana by directly addressing key health issues. Reaching approximately 10,000 beneficiaries, the project addresses care during pregnancy and childbirth, neonatal care, and malaria control as critical health concerns in these communities. Key project components include establishing a prenatal and neonatal home visit system for pregnant women and infants, and launching a malaria control program that prioritizes mothers and infants. Specific activities include: distributing neonatal care kits; training community-based volunteers and local health professionals; providing mosquito nets for all village residents; conducting malaria control workshops; and supplying local clinics with rapid malaria test kits. Ghana Rural Integrated Development is working in partnership with the Northern Empowerment Association to implement this project. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment. The maximum CIDA contribution to this project includes $10,000 for monitoring purposes.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (February 2015) include: (1) 2,216 infants were delivered in a health facility and 8,654 neonatal visits were conducted by Community-Based Surveillance Volunteers, to monitor for any signs of poor health; (2) 33 health providers participated in the Helping Babies Breathe training program, facilitated by two volunteer Canadian health professionals; (3) after the implementation of the Helping Babies Breathe program in 2014, 100% of newborns with breathing difficulty (170), born in a health facility received assistance; (4) 7,826 long-lasting insecticidal nets were distributed and installed for residents of 48 communities; and (5) 1,497 men/elders, 1,766 women, 533 boys and 765 girls received malaria training. As a result, there were 12,427 direct beneficiaries of antenatal and neonatal care, of which 8,982 were registered mothers. In the project area, neonatal mortality rates were originally assessed between 30 and 45 deaths per 1000 live births, while in the final year, only eight out of 1,769 newborns died, which is equivalent to five neonatal deaths per 1000 live births. The project also improved malaria prevention by distributing and installing long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for residents in all homes of 48 communities, and in homes of registered pregnant women in an additional 34 communities. This project also equipped health facilities with the capacity to test for malaria and conduct community-based malaria training sessions to improve awareness of malaria causes and prevention.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
24-03-2016 Disbursement $32,133
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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