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Sustainability of Donor Supported Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Interventions in Bauchi State, Nigeria: Exploring the Perspectives of Stakeholders

1Directorate of Hospital Services, Hospitals Management Board, Bauchi, 740212, Nigeria


American Journal of Public Health Research. 2020, Vol. 8 No. 3, 93-99
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-8-3-3
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Cite this paper:
Robbinson Yusuf. Sustainability of Donor Supported Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Interventions in Bauchi State, Nigeria: Exploring the Perspectives of Stakeholders. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2020; 8(3):93-99. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-8-3-3.

Correspondence to: Robbinson  Yusuf, Directorate of Hospital Services, Hospitals Management Board, Bauchi, 740212, Nigeria. Email: Corresponding author: robbyusuf@yahoo.com

Abstract

Objectives: This study was designed to gain insight into the perspectives of stakeholders in the maternal, newborn and child health services in Bauchi State, Nigeria, regarding sustainability of MNCH interventions supported by donors. Methods: This is a qualitative exploratory study. Recorded semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus group discussions were carried out with three key stakeholder groups selected purposively: program officers (n = 6); healthcare providers (n = 3); and lay community members (n = 3). Qualitative data obtained were transcribed verbatim and subjected to thematic content analysis through inductive and deductive processes. Results: Stakeholders’ perspectives regarding understanding of the concept of sustainability and knowledge of the different donor supported MNCH interventions in the state showed convergence. Several factors that promote and challenge sustainability emerged from the analysis, with community involvement and government commitment being the most recurrent according to stakeholders. Recommendations for enhanced sustainability of MNCH interventions in Bauchi state correlated to major factors influencing sustainability. Conclusion: The use of stakeholders provided contextualised opinions regarding sustainability of donor supported MNCH interventions. Strengthened community involvement that improves their capacity to engage with political leaders and leverage more government funding for MNCH interventions can enhance sustainability more.

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