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Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2014 - List of participants

Ivy Efua Sackey

Human Resource for Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Ghana

Ivy Efua Sackey

Ivy Efua Sackey, Nurse, Midwife
Head for Nursing and Midwifery, Human Resource for Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Ghana

Ivy was born on 11th January, 1963. She graduated from the Nursing Training College, Cape Coast, Ghana and came out with professional Nursing Certificate in the year 1987 and subsequently went through the Midwifery Training Education in Korle-Bu, Accra Ghana in 1989. She obtained a Diploma in Health Science Education in 1999 from the, University of Cape Coast Ghana. Ivy pursued a degree course and completed it successfully with a Master of Science in Population and Reproduction Health, International Health, Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh Scotland from 2005 - 2006. She also had the opportunity to undertake gerontological Nursing at Retford, in Nottinghamshire. She is married with three (3) children.

She has taught in the Nurses and Midwifery Training College, Sekondi and Korle-Bu respectively prior to this current position. Besides, Ivy has been the chairperson of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) faculty of the West African College of Nursing (WACN), Ghana chapter and a foundation fellow of Ghana College of Nursing and Midwifery (GCNM). She is also a committee member for performance evaluation on Sick-Kids, Pediatric Nursing Training Program, Ghana and an advocate on family Planning issues.

Ivy currently works with the Health Training Institutions (HTIs), a unit under the Human Resource for Health Directorate (HRHD), Ministry of Health as the Head for Nursing and Midwifery in Ghana. Her responsibilities span from coordinating heads of HTIs and Tutors. In addition, she handles affiliation issues with the universities, coordinating trainings, local, regional and international donor partners (UNFPA, Jhpiego, Deliver-USAID), performance review of the Nursing and Midwifery Training institutions, supportive supervision, monitoring and evaluation among others.

Indeed, Ivy has trained and mentored a lot of Nurses and Midwives, and can be aptly described   as a capacity builder and a resource person who is passionate about reproductive, maternal and child health issues. She has coordinated two Sub-Regional and local Workshops for WACN (''Achieving MDG's 4 & 5: Addressing the Falling Standards in Nursing and Midwifery Services in Ghana towards Quality Improvements'').

As a facilitator she has done a number of training workshops in EmONC, Family Planning, Preceptorship, effective leadership among others, which has actually impacted positively on quality health outcomes. In addition, she conducts in-depth support supervision for Nursing/Midwifery Training Colleges and practice settings.

A research Assistant, she engages in research practice, participates in projects as well as other activities (i.e. reports, presentations, monitoring & evaluation) she been involved in.

She has submitted a proposal on the use of partograph and its impact on reducing maternal mortality. Her involvement in maternal and reproductive health issues have seen her travelling to South Korea, Kenya and Egypt to participate in training programmes.