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Health policy implementation: The missing link


Yusof, Rohana and Mashi, Amina Lawal (2014) Health policy implementation: The missing link. In: UUM International Conference on Governance 2014 (ICG), 29th - 30th November 2014, Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Pulau Pinang.

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Abstract

The paper examined the performance of Nigeria’s health policies in the last three decades.The objectives of the paper are to: determine the approaches used in the policy formulation and implementation,the role of the beneficiaries in determining the success or other wise of a policy, and factors responsible for the non-realization of the health targets sets despite government commitments.The paper reviewed various studies carried out in Nigeria and indeed other developing Nations on health policies formulation and implementation.The findings indicate that the traditional top-down approach based on the Elite model (i.e. where perceptions and experiences of the beneficiaries were ignored) is one of the major contributory factors contributing to policy failure during implementation, health policies are formulated based on epidemiological approach to the study of health, thus ignoring environmental and social factors affecting health etc.The paper recommends change of approach to policy formulation and implementation based on Network approach, formulation of National health policies based on peculiarities of each UN member states (i.e.not merely on UN conventions), and more proactive approach to tackling health issues on the basis of collectively oriented social and environmental approach rather than the traditional bio medical epidemiological.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN NO: 978-983-2078-95-1 Organizers: Institute for Governance and Innovation Studies (IGIS), College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and University of Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health policy, Health targets, Health policy implementation, Elite model, Network approach model, pro-active approach.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Rohana Yusof
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 08:34
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:34
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/13148

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