An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Community Participation in Planning and Management of Health Facilities in Kenya: A Case of Likuyani Sub-County, Kakamega County

Authors : Francis O. Barasa

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 11 - November

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Community participation in the management of health facilities in Kenya has been entrenched through legislation and policy instruments. This study examined community participation in the management of Kenyan public health facilities to establish their effectiveness in the management processes. Health facility Committee members under take budget approval, resource mobilization, planning, risk management and the management of human resource. However, it has not been established whether they have the skills and training to perform those functions effectively. The broad objective of the study was there fore to: establish the effectiveness the facility management committees in the management of health institutions. The specific objectives were: to establish whether the health facility committee members were trained in risk management, to assess whether they were trained in financial and resource mobilization, to find out whether they were trained in planning and human resource management. The study used a qualitative case study approach to examine the level of their trainings and how this affected their effectiveness in discharging their roles as health facility managers. Data was collected by in-depth interviews of facility’s committee chairmen, secretaries and treasurers and officers in charge of facilities and analyzed thematically. The findings show that health facility committee members were not trained in the four key areas of management and this affected their effectiveness in discharging their functions. The study recommends that all health facility committee members be formally trained in planning, risk, financial and human resource management before assuming office. The study will benefit all stakeholder including policy makers in the Ministry of health and both national and County Governments in Kenya

Keywords : Risk, Health Facility, Planning, Community, Resource, Finance.


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