Highlights of initiatives

Health

▪ Registered 11 million people under the National Health Insurance Scheme period
▪ Set up a National Ambulance Service ▪ Comprehensive health care for 6 million children
▪ Constructed 205 hospitals and health and free medical care for pregnant women clinics

Education
▪ Introduced Capitation Grant for school children; Provided about $2 per child for cultural, sports and development fees
▪ Introduced a School Feeding Program (SFP); 500,000 chcildren currently being fed in 10 regions

Other Social Policies
▪ Introduced the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program (LEAP); provides direct cash transfers to poor households.
▪ Introduced the Metro Mass Transport to provide reliable and affordable public transportation

Sports
▪ Facilitated the sponsorship of the Black Stars by Tarkwa Goldfields
▪ Instituted “Bonus” scheme for the Black Stars
▪ Built two new sports stadia in Tamale and Takoradi and upgraded those in Kumasi and Accra to all-seat standards
▪ Ccreated ttraining pitches in a selected number in Senior High Schools

Impact

Health
▪ Number of health workers doubled over 7-year period
▪ Comprehensive halth care for 6 million children and free medical care for pregnant women

Education
▪ Improved primary school enrollment ratio from 2000 to 2005, reaching 90% for boys and 87% for girls
▪ The attendence ratio for the same period was above 60% for both groups

Other Social Policies
▪ Increased the likelihood of holding savings by 11 percentage points
▪ Among primary aged children, LEAP reduced absenteeism by 10 percentage points.

Sports

▪ Ghana for the first time qualified for FIFA World Cup in 2006 and made it to the 2nd round
▪ Ghana for the first time solely hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and placed third in the competition
▪ Hearts of Oak won the maiden Confederation Cup in 2004 in all-Ghana final, against Kumasi Asante Kotoko