Role & Functions

The vision of the health sector is to have a healthy population for national development.

The mission is to contribute to socio-economic development and the development of a local health industry by promoting health and vitality through access to quality health for all people living in Ghana using motivated personnel.

Sector goa
The goal of the health sector within the current Sector Medium Term Development Plan (2010 to 2013) is to ensure a healthy and productive population that continues to reproduce itself safely.

Policy thrust
The sector’s policy thrust is to reduce inequities in access to care and increase coverage, quality and use of health services so as to achieve a healthier national population.

Policy Objectives
The health policy objectives within the Sector Medium Term Development Plan 2010-2013 are to:

1. Bridge equity gaps in access to health care and nutrition services and ensure sustainable   financing arrangements that protect the poor
2. Strengthen governance and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system
3. Improve access to quality maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health services
4. Intensify prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and promote healthy lifestyles
5. Improve institutional care, including mental health service delivery

The goals of the Ministry

To improve the health status of all people living in Ghana through effective and efficient policy formulation, resource mobilization, monitoring and regulation of delivery of health care by different health agencies.

Role of the Ministry of Health Headquarters
  • Provision of overall policy direction for all stakeholders (players) in the health delivery.
  • Provision of a strong and effective advocacy role in intersectoral action in the health delivery.
  • Mobilization and allocation of resources to all providers in the health delivery services.
  • Provision of relevant and adequate information for co-ordination and management of health services.
  • Provision of regulatory framework for all providers of health services.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of health services in Ghana.
  • Coordination of activities of the agencies, providers and partners in the health sector.
The functions of the Ministry of Health would be to:
  • Formulate health policy.
  • Set standards for the delivery of health care in the country.
  • Provide strategic direction for health delivery services.
  • Monitor and evaluate the health service delivery by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Teaching Hospitals, other Agencies, Development Partners and the Private sector.
  • Develop policies for the practice of Traditional and Alternate Medicine in the country.
  • Source funding for service delivery through GOG, Health Insurance and international community.
  • Allocate resources to all health care delivery agencies under the Ministry.
  • Provide framework for the development and management of the human resources for health.
  • Provide a framework for the effective and efficient procurement, distribution, management and use of health sector goods, works and services.
  • Make proposals for the review and enactment of health legislation.
  • Provide framework for the regulation of food, drugs and health service delivery and practice.