Women leaders, advocates and representatives of various groups that focus on women empowerment, converged last Saturday in Kumasi to support the launch of Access Bank’s industry first Maternal Health Support Scheme (MHSS).
The newly introduced MHSS offers women a financial lifeline in accessing various fertility treatments at specialist hospitals in Ghana and around the world. The scheme forms part of the Bank’s unique approach to banking women known as ‘W’ Initiative.
Addressing guests at the well-attended launch event, the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospitals as well as Breast Care International, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, commended Access Bank for the revolutionary idea in placing the health of women at the forefront of the Bank’s women empowerment initiative.
She said, “Women are the worse hit when it comes to issues of fertility. The impact it has on their general well-being further impedes them from achieving their dreams. For a bank to think this through and develop a workable plan that make this aspiration a reality, it must be highly commended.”
Her commendation for the ‘W’ Maternal Health Support Scheme, was shared by other leading women entrepreneurs including the Chief Executive Officer of Adutwumwaa Herbal Industries Ltd., Ms. Juliana Ankromah Gyimah and Ms. Ama Duncan, founder of the Fabulous Women Network as well as key stakeholders from the Health sector.
Welcoming guests at the launch, the Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana, Mr. Dolapo Ogundimu, reiterated the need to focus attention on all aspects of a woman’s life to ensure their full participation in achieving Ghana’s economic growth.
He told the gathering, “Women require a range of financial services that helps them to stay ahead and succeed either as home builders, professionals or business owners. What we are offering through our ‘W’ Initiative and the Maternal Health Support Scheme is a total lifestyle package that transitions women from where they are to where they desire to be.”
Speaking on the value propositions of the Maternal Health Support Scheme, the Head of Exclusive Banking at Access Bank Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Asante-Asiedu noted that “for women, there are some things in life that cannot wait. When a woman’s biological clock is ticking or needs surgery to remove her fibroid, she needs urgent financial support and that’s the lifeline we’re giving through the Maternal Health Support scheme.”
She further encouraged existing and prospective women customers of Access Bank in Ghana to visit any of the Bank’s locations across the country and sign onto the ‘W’ initiative.
Access Bank’s Maternal Health Support Scheme makes available to women concessionary loans for local and international expert medical advice and specialist procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), natal support, myomectomy (fibroid removal), hysterectomy (uterus removal), dental, sperm injection, breast care, orthopedic treatments among others.
Through the ‘W’ initiative, Access Bank shows its unique understanding of the needs of women and charts the path to unleashing the power to change their world by giving them the opportunity to flourish, connect with each other and share experiences that inspire and empower.
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