Analytical summary - Community ownership and participation
The National Health Policy 2007 calls for the involvement of beneficiaries in all healthcare services provided in the country. In this regard the Ministry have set up health committees which act as overseers of rural healthcare facilities in collaboration with facility based managers.
The main idea of involving the community is to ensure that community views in the delivery of healthcare services are taken into consideration. The country has a compliment of 4,000 rural health motivators, home based carers and community birth attendants. These are non-health professionals
The increase in patient load has necessitated the establishment of home based care to provide comprehensive health care package to people living with a chronic and or terminal illness. These services include nursing care; preventive; curative; palliative; rehabilitative; end of life care and referral services. Such services are provided collaboratively within health care facilities; through family members, RHM’s and community carers and counsellors.