Gaps and measures to improvement

Maternity protection and workers with family responsibilities in the formal and informal economy of Ghana including practices, gaps and measures to improvement

Commissioned by the International Labour Office (ILO)

We have recently been contracted by the ILO to deliver a Study on the Legal, Policy and Regulatory Environment Governing Maternity Protection and Workers with Family Responsibilities in the formal and informal economy of Ghana.

Given the continuing high rates of maternal mortality in Ghana, it is vital that women have access to health care pre- and post-natally and have a sense of entitlement to be able to actually take up this care while also continuing to work for their livelihoods. This is crucial for the health of mothers and their babies as well as having significant economic implications.

Our work will concentrate on gathering in-depth multiple perspectives on maternity protection, including the needs and concerns of employers, workers, providers of maternal health care in the existing health care system and other stakeholders. This study can encourage a holistic understanding of gaps in provisions and helpful practices, within the specific regulatory and policy context. The aim is also to encourage dialogue and collaborative and participatory approaches to issues relating to health of mothers and their families as well as the sustainability of businesses.

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