Evaluation Of The Role Of Community Health Officers In The Community Health And Family Planning Project In The Kassenan An Kan A District

ABSTRACT

The success or otherwise of most health related programs in most developing

countries are judged using many indicators, among which is the beneficiary

communities’ perception of the program.

This study examined or probed into the perceptions of the communities with

regard to the services rendered by Community Health Officers (CHOs) as front

liners in the Community Health and Family Planning (CHFP) project being

executed by the Navrongo Health Research Center (NHRC) in the Kassena-

Nankana District of Northern Ghana. The subjects of the study were adult males

and females who were in three age categories; below thirty years, between thirtyone

and forty-nine years and those who were fifty years and above. This was

done in order to provide information that would help improve upon CHO services

in the treatment cells to project implementers.

Qualitative methods i.e. Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant Interviews and

In-depth Interviews were mainly used to capture information related to the

communities’ access to health information, health services, the nature of the

referral system, treatment and preventive care, family planning services and

general acceptability of the CHO services. The study also used Focus Group

Discussions and structured questionnaire to examine the work, social and

welfare concerns of the CHOs.

Most discussants believed that the CHO services have brought a drastic

improvement in their lives and have resulted in the elimination of most childhood

killer diseases in the community. Family planning services have also improved

lifestyles and they now have healthier mothers and children. However it is their

wish that the CHOs spent more time with them in the community, make drugs

available to them; put a good referral system in place and provide diversified

family planning methods.

The CHOs also expressed varying degrees of concerns that militated against

their effectiveness. These concerns include their inability to have many basic

tools to work with; the deplorable conditions of the Community Health

Compounds; non-availability of drugs; marital insecurity and the lack of

motivation in terms of letting them attend refresher courses.

The conclusions drawn from this study are that communities in the project area

recognize the immense contribution CHO services have brought to their lives.

But there are certain basic issues that need to be tackled to ensure the desired

results of the project.

It is recommended that for the program to have its desired impact, the issue of

payment for services has to be addressed, more efficient referral system should

be put in place, the CHOs need to be given more training and their welfare

concerns need to be adequately tackled.

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BLANTARI, M (2021). Evaluation Of The Role Of Community Health Officers In The Community Health And Family Planning Project In The Kassenan An Kan A District. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-role-of-community-health-officers-in-the-community-health-and-family-planning-project-in-the-kassenan-an-kan-a-district

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BLANTARI, MARTIN-JONES "Evaluation Of The Role Of Community Health Officers In The Community Health And Family Planning Project In The Kassenan An Kan A District" Afribary. Afribary, 08 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-role-of-community-health-officers-in-the-community-health-and-family-planning-project-in-the-kassenan-an-kan-a-district. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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BLANTARI, MARTIN-JONES . "Evaluation Of The Role Of Community Health Officers In The Community Health And Family Planning Project In The Kassenan An Kan A District". Afribary, Afribary, 08 Apr. 2021. Web. 13 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-role-of-community-health-officers-in-the-community-health-and-family-planning-project-in-the-kassenan-an-kan-a-district >.

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BLANTARI, MARTIN-JONES . "Evaluation Of The Role Of Community Health Officers In The Community Health And Family Planning Project In The Kassenan An Kan A District" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 13, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-role-of-community-health-officers-in-the-community-health-and-family-planning-project-in-the-kassenan-an-kan-a-district