Scientific Letter

Community involvement in health services at Namayumba and Bobi health centres: A case study

Jane F. Namatovu, Fred Ndoboli, Julius Kuule, Innocent Besigye
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 6, No 1 | a613 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.613 | © 2014 Jane F. Namatovu, Fred Ndoboli, Julius Kuule, Innocent Besigye | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 2013 | Published: 09 December 2014

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Jane F. Namatovu, College of Health Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda
Fred Ndoboli, College of Health Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda
Julius Kuule, Department of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda
Innocent Besigye, College of Health Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda


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Abstract

Background: Community involvement has been employed in the development of both vertical and horizontal health programmes. In Uganda, there is no empirical evidence on whether and how communities are involved in their health services.

Aim and Setting: The aim of this study was to establish the existence of community involvement in health services and to identify its support mechanisms in Namayumba and Bobi health centres in Wakiso and Gulu districts, respectively.

Methods: Participants were selected with the help of a community mobiliser. Key informants were selected purposively depending on their expertise and the roles played in their respective communities. The focus group discussions and key informant interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcripts were analysed manually for emerging themes and sub-themes.

Results: Several themes emerged from the transcripts and we categorised them broadly into those that promote community involvement in health services and those that jeopardise it. Easy community mobilisation and several forms of community and health centre efforts promote community involvement, whilst lack of trust for health workers and poor communication downplay community involvement in their health services.

Conclusion: Community involvement is low in health services in both Namayumba and Bobi health centres.


Keywords

community involvement, community health, health services

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