The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to roll-out maternity protection issues campaign dubbed: “Building Social Protection Floors for Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers,” aimed at supporting Government’s efforts to accelerate progress towards the attainment of MDG 5 on Maternal Mortality.
The ILO as part of the broader campaign is calling for concepts for consideration from civil society organization, non-governmental actors and other social groupings to designed specific campaign focusing on demand side interventions.
ILO working document obtained by the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday explained that the concept should include preliminary outline for the campaign development, the methodology, timetable and cost of the campaign as well as profile of the organization.
The ILO campaign identify three project areas which the concept should focused on; creating an enabling policy, legal and regulatory environment that supports the gradual implementation of a social protection floor in line with the relevant international labour standards that govern maternity protection.
The others are: Facilitating access to maternal health services and livelihood opportunities – initially through Labour Intensive Public Works; and creating awareness and advocacy on maternity protection among various stakeholders, including enhanced capacity partners to deliver demand driven maternal health care services.
According to the ILO document, the project intervention will focus on the Upper East and Northern Regions mainly due to the high rate of maternal mortality as well as the demand for increased support among stakeholders.
The ILO campaign also aimed at sensitization and public awareness creation to inform long term policy measures and interventions on maternity protection with a particular focus on the informal economy in Ghana and in conformity with International Labour Standards.