A new analysis of trends for selected family planning services indicators in Ghana shows that, between 1993 and 2002, infrastructure and service availability have improved–almost all facilities now offer family planning services five or more days a week. Sexually transmitted infection service availability at family planning facilities has also increased substantially. Most facilities now report having both clean gloves and sterile syringes and needles.
Availability of equipment and materials for client examinations, however, has not changed. Less than half of the facilities are fully equipped for family planning examinations. The Planed Parenthood Association of Ghana and maternity clinics are somewhat better equipped than hospitals and health centers. The reliability of stock supply of contraceptive methods has shown little improvement, and in some cases deterioration.
Other service provider areas that are analyzed in this report include provider qualifications, experience, and training and adherence to standards in practice.