Community Health Nurses Association, Ghana (COHNAG) is the frontline mother association of Community Health Nurses in Ghana. In order to become a member of the noble association, there is the need for such individual to acquire a certificate in Community Nursing from any recognized Health Training Institution in Ghana. The prospective member would have to obtain at least two (2), three (3) and four (4) years training in and have written and pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) licensing examinations with a certificate, diploma or a degree in Community Nursing. However, the COHNAG is an amalgam of Community Health Nurses (CHNs), and Registered Community Nurses (RCNs).
The association started as a group in April, 1999 in Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana with support from DANIDA, Ghana. We had our first national delegates congress on April, 2000 in Accra at GRNA Secretariat/Hostel.
The group was founded by Ms. Fanny Enos and latter supported by Ms. Lydia Gyawu, Ms. Rebecca A. Atalia, Ms. Comfort Adjei, Ms. Gladys Amedzro, Ms. Natalia Kerinke, Ms. Rejoice Amegbe, Ms. Ayeshitu Mahama, and Ms. Mariama Hamidu.
Subsequently in 2013, the Community Health Nurses Group, Ghana (CHNG) was changed to Community Health Nurses Association, Ghana (COHNAG) following the registration at Registrar General Department and Ghana Labour Department. With Ms. Esther Frempomaa Bamfo as it first president and with initial membership of three thousand nine hundred and forty-two (3,942). Today, with a current membership of over sixteen
thousand seven hundred and seventy-four (16,774) and the COHNAG is
housed around CFC bus stop Achimota Ofankor road, Accra.
Community Health Nurses Association, Ghana (COHNAG) is a professional
association independent and non-partisan in nature. The COHNAG is the
exclusive mouthpiece for all Community Health Nurses in matters affecting
The COHNAG is made up of ten (10) National Executives Committee drawn
from all the regions in Ghana and two representatives each from the
regions (Chairperson and Secretary) of the association constitute the
National Council (NC). The NC meet and deliberate on matters affecting the
association and it is highest decision-making body of the association.
To be expert in Health Promotion, Health Prevention, Rehabilitation and
Service Provider in Reproductive and Child Health for Accelerated
development in the Ghanaian society.
The objective of the association among others is to form a formidable
association to see to the welfare of its members and discuss issues
concerning the association.