Forgotten Roles of Health Services Provision in Poor Tanzania: Case of Faith Based Organizations’ Health Care Facilities in Dodoma Region
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 210-215
Received: Dec. 22, 2014; Accepted: Feb. 19, 2015; Published: Mar. 2, 2015
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Mshana Zainabu M., Paradigms Institute, Kimara, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Zilihona Innocent E., Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), Dodoma, Tanzania
Canute Hyandye B., Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), Dodoma, Tanzania
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Abstract
Health services are vital for economic growth in Tanzania however; its provision is considered as forgotten role. This paper analyzed the problem of health services provision and the factors affecting its provision in poor Tanzania. The study was limited to Faith Based Organization’s (FBO’s) health care facilities of Dodoma region in Tanzania. A cross sectional research design and cluster sampling technique followed by simple random sampling technique was used during the study. Questionnaire survey, interview and participants observation methods were adopted to collect primary data from 394 respondents. Binary logistic regression model was used to determine the main factors affecting health services provision in FBO’s health care facilities of Dodoma region. Findings of this study revealed that health services provision in poor Tanzania are the roles that have been forgotten due to various problems existing in FBO’s health care facilities. These are; high costs of drugs, long distance from home to health care facilities, insufficient numbers of doctors and nurses, lack of medicine and long waiting time for treatment. The main factors leading to these problems were the presence of low budget in health sector, poor working environment, poor infrastructure, high running cost and business orientation notion. It is recommended that FBO’s should increase the budget in health sector as well as cooperating with the government to facilitate infrastructure and human resource improvement and maintenance.
Keywords
Health Services Provision, Forgotten Roles, Poor, Faith-Based Organizations, Tanzania
To cite this article
Mshana Zainabu M., Zilihona Innocent E., Canute Hyandye B., Forgotten Roles of Health Services Provision in Poor Tanzania: Case of Faith Based Organizations’ Health Care Facilities in Dodoma Region, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 210-215. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150302.18
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