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Can international health programmes be sustained after the end of international funding? The case of eye care interventions in Ghana

Blanchet, K and James, P 2014, 'Can international health programmes be sustained after the end of international funding? The case of eye care interventions in Ghana' , BMC Health Services Research, 14 (77) .

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Abstract

There is general agreement amongst major international policy makers that sustainability is a key component of health interventions in developing countries. However, there is little evidence on the factors enabling or constraining sustainability. Diffusion of innovation theory can help explain how the continuation of activities is related to the attributes of innovations. Innovations are characterised by five attributes: (i) relative advantage; (ii) compatibility; (iii) complexity; (iv) triability; and (v) observability. An eye care programme was selected as a case study. The programme was implemented in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana and had been funded over a ten-year period by an international organisation.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Health Services Research
Publisher: BioMed Central
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1472-6963
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 10:50
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30832

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