Implementation of National Ageing Policy on Provision of Free Health Services to Old People: A Case of Meru District Council

Mduba, Shella Masud (2019) Implementation of National Ageing Policy on Provision of Free Health Services to Old People: A Case of Meru District Council. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This research was undertaken in Meru district council in Arusha Region is focusing on the implementation of National Ageing Policy in the provision of free health services to old people in Tanzania. Specifically, the study based on the type of health services offered to old people, factors influencing provision of free health services and measures to be taken to influence free health service provision to old people. A triangulation was involved to collect data, that possible technique and tools were applied whenever necessary; which included questionnaire, interview and observation. The respondents were selected randomly, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussion with purposively selected service providers, local leaders and old people were conducted. Findings revealed that, majority of old people in Meru are aware about free health services provision, but the number of elders who have ever received free health services is only 18.8%, while 81.2% had never received any free services. On the other hand, health personnel claim that the Government does not allocate fund for medicine and medical equipment specifically for elderly on time in a small package than required amount. Generally, policy directions are not fully implemented in practice. My study comes up with the suggestions as; Increasing fund allocation (budget), increase number of health personnel, and more consideration should be on health personnel who are professionals on elders. Finally; it is the time now for the Government and all stakeholders to review the Policy implementation by looking success and failure of its implementation so that they can come up with the strategies that can improve the situation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Economics and Community Economic Development
Depositing User: Mr. Administrator OUT
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 11:00
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 11:00

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