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Management of the Free Health Care Initiative in Sierra Leone: Does the Health Workforce have the Right Managerial Competencies?
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

A 2007 WHO report outlined that many least developed countries will not meet the United Nations health related Millennium Development Goals because the health workers did not possess the appropriate managerial competencies. The public health care system in Sierra Leone, a Least Developed Country, is implementing a Free Health Care Initiative targeting pregnant women and children under five years. The focus of this study is to determine if the health workers have the right managerial competencies to implement the Free Health Care Initiative by identifying the health workers perceptions on the relevant managerial competencies and the competency gaps. 39 managerial competencies derived from a similar study in South Africa were analysed in health facilities in the Western Health District of Sierra Leone. The qualitative findings showed that clusters of skills related people management, strategic management, tasks, self-management and health delivery were most important to the health workers and personal competency requirements included computing, staff motivation and communication skills. The findings have broader relevance for stakeholders in the public sector healthcare management and quantitative research is recommended across all 12 Health Districts of Sierra Leone for all level of health workers.

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2011. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Managerial Competencies, Management Competencies, Competency Gaps, Managerial Competency Frameworks, Health Care Management
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4808Local ID: diva2:832156
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
00232 76 222 822, 00232 76 603 665Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2012-03-01 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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