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Decentralisation and Health Systems Performance in Developing Countries: Impact of “Decision Space†on Primary Health Care Delivery in Nigeria

Adebusoye A. Anifalaje
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Adebusoye A. Anifalaje: London School of Information and Political Science, UK

International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI), 2009, vol. 1, issue 1, 25-47

Abstract: This article attempts to elucidate the intricacies of primary health care delivery in Nigeria. Among myriad complexities, the central proposition made herein is that the absence of an effective regulatory and enforcement framework in developing countries results in a prominent informal decision space. The findings show that the prominence of an informal decision space compromises the objectives of an information-based public health system. The article concludes that decentralisation in developing countries must have a coordinated top-down and bottom-up development component for it to be effective in improving the performance of primary health systems. One of the implications of the study is that researching decentralised healthcare delivery requires analytical models which are able to illuminate the complexities of local accountability in developing countries. The study also reveals the need to further research the dynamics of democratic decentralisation in developing countries as this goes beyond administrative structures but involve socio-cultural institutions.

Date: 2009
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