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Evaluating access to primary health care The case of Kigali, Rwanda

Murekatete, Rachel Mundeli (2010) Evaluating access to primary health care The case of Kigali, Rwanda.

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Abstract:Access to primary health care is an important concern in health policy and research. Yet despite high attention devoted to it, it is has been poorly defined and operationalized. The aim of this study was to develop a framework of properly defining and measuring the concept of access using the city of Kigali as a case study. The research is based on the review of the literature, secondary and primary data related to access. During this research it has been concluded that access in a multidimensional concept composed by geographical accessibility, availability, affordability, accommodation and acceptability. The operationalization was mainly based on primary data but also used limited secondary data to assess variation in terms of the five access dimensions. The results show that access in is achieved in terms of geographical accessibility, affordability, and acceptability. Accommodation was found problematic with issues related to patients waiting time at health centers before getting check up and longer waiting times for laboratory results.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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