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Isabella Sagoe-Moses

National Child Health Coordinator, Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health

Isabella Sagoe- Moses is the Chaiperson of Ghana’s National Newborn Committee reponsible for coordinating implementation of Ghana’s Newborn Care Strategy and Action Plan.

Her main taks include coordinating Neonatal and Child Health programmes and being the main liaison between Ghana Health Service/Ministry of Health and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies and partners on child health issues.

She is part-time Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana and member of Ghana’s National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Care and Development and Ghana’s National School Health Steering Committee. Previously she was facilitator for WHO courses on Integrated Management Of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Infant and Young Child feeding and other breastfeeding courses and served as temporary adviser/WHO consultant assisting countries with child health programming.

She has participated in child health-related research including a WHO Multi-Centre Growth Reference Study and has delivered several presentations/papers at seminars and conferences in Ghana and internationally. A medical doctor by training (University of Ghana medical School, Accra Ghana 1982-1989), Isabella holds a Diploma in Tropical Child Health and a Masters in Tropical Paediatrics (with distinction) from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Major achievements

  • Coordinated the development of Ghana’s National Newborn Care  Strategy and Action plan (2014 – 2018)
  • Introduction of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness IMCI) strategy in Ghana with resource mobilization and capacity building for implementation at national and lower levels
  • Development of the Child Health Record, a comprehensive tool for record keeping for preventive child health activities and for informing care-givers
  • Coordinating meetings between programme managers for planning and resource mobilization for yearly celebration of Child Health Promotion Weeks and Integrated Maternal and Child Health campaigns
  • Advocacy to place child and neonatal health high on the agenda for the health sector and government
  • Contributed significantly to capacity building of doctors, midwives, nurses and other health workers in Infant and Young Child Feeding, improved health care practices for newborns and children, control of malaria, diarrhoea, acute respiratory illness, Expanded Programme on Immunization etc.