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You Just Have to Ask Coproduction of Primary Healthcare in Ghana and Nigeria

Authors
  • Mangai, Mary S.1
  • De Vries, Michiel S.2
  • 1 University of Pretoria, School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA), Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, EMS Building, room 3-109, Private Bag X20, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa , Pretoria (South Africa)
  • 2 Radboud University, Public Administration Department, Nijmegen, The Netherlands , Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Public Organization Review
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jul 30, 2018
Volume
19
Issue
2
Pages
273–291
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11115-018-0420-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The urgent need to improve the quality of healthcare provision in developing countries such as Nigeria and Ghana is caused in part by inadequate financial support for Primary Health Centres. This article investigates whether coproduction by involving citizens, and asking citizens for their involvement, could provide a solution. The findings show that part of the solution to improving healthcare outcomes in these countries lies in the practice of collective coproduction in primary healthcare services, and that asking citizens directly to make a contribution does indeed play a role. The outcomes are based on a survey among the populations and in-depth interviews with healthcare professionals in Ghana and Nigeria.

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