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Yesuf, E. A.; Grill, Eva; Fröschl, Günter; Koller, Daniela; Haile-Mariam, D. (2019): Administrators, health service providers, and consumers perspectives of functions of district health-care systems in Oromia region, Ethiopia: A qualitative study. In: The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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Abstract

The practice of functions of district health-care systems in Ethiopia is not clear. The aim of this study was to investigate the perspectives of administrators, health service providers, and health-care consumers regarding functions of district health-care systems as currently practiced. Grounded theory approach was applied using interviews and desk review of documents. This study was set up in Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia. Inductive analysis of interviews was done. Interviews and document reviews were mirrored. Eleven functions of district health-care systems emerged in this study organized by level with relationships and commonality of few activities. The 11 functions of district health-care systems were creating capacity of health centers and health professionals for the provision of health care; creating access for the provision of health care; ensuring equitable access to health care; regulation of private health-care providers; disaster preparedness; monitoring risk factors and diseases in the district; provision of health promotive, preventive, and curative health care for communicable diseases and maternal health conditions; monitoring intermediate outcomes of care; developing capacity of health post and villagers toward demand creation for health care; provision of maternal and child health services; and helping health posts in reaching mothers and sick individuals.