Barriers to implementing health sector administrative decentralisation in Ghana: a study of the Nkwanta district health management team.

Abstract:

PURPOSE:This paper aims to examine empirically the ways in which workforce knowledge and organisational factors of an implementing agency affected the implementation of health sector administration decentralisation in Ghana with insights from the Nkwanta district health administration. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:This is a qualitative study using data from individual and group interviews through purposive selection of health officials, who were directly involved in the work of actual implementation of the programme. Specifically, participants included senior management, middle management and junior workers, who had worked at least for the past three months in the district. FINDINGS:The study found that most of the interviewees involved in the implementation process are knowledgeable of the objectives of the decentralisation process. Also, major factors that are militating against effective decentralisation in the district include inadequate funds, lack of qualified personnel, inadequate logistics and equipment, poor interpersonal relationships, lack of transparency and a good operational system, lack of incentives to motivate the staff, political interference, poor infrastructure and high rate of illiteracy. ORIGINALITY/VALUE:The findings of this study will help improve the implementation of decentralisation within the health sector in Ghana. The paper provides recommendations, which, if considered for implementation, will help improve the decentralisation process.

journal_name

J Health Organ Manag

authors

Sakyi EK,Awoonor-Williams JK,Adzei FA

doi

10.1108/14777261111155038

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-01-01 00:00:00

pages

400-19

issue

4

eissn

1477-7266

issn

1758-7247

journal_volume

25

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