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Cardiovascular disease prevention in Ghana: feasibility of a faith-based organizational approach

Abanilla, PK; Huang, K-Y; Shinners, D; Levy, A; Ayernor, K; de-Graft Aikins, A; Ogedegbe, O; (2011) Cardiovascular disease prevention in Ghana: feasibility of a faith-based organizational approach. Bulletin of the World Health Organization , 89 (9) pp. 648-656. 10.2471/blt.11.086777. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective To examine the feasibility of using community health workers (CHWs) to implement cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention programmes within faith-based organizations in Accra, Ghana. Methods Faith-based organization capacity, human resources, health programme sustainability/barriers and community members’ knowledge were evaluated. Data on these aspects were gathered through a mixed method design consisting of in-depth interviews and focus groups with 25 church leaders and health committee members from five churches, and of a survey of 167 adult congregants from two churches. Findings The delivery of a CVD prevention programme in faith-based organizations by CHWs is feasible. Many faith-based organizations already provide health programmes for congregants and involve non-health professionals in their health-care activities, and most congregants have a basic knowledge of CVD. Yet despite the feasibility of the proposed approach to CVD prevention through faith-based organizations, sociocultural and health-care barriers such as poverty, limited human and economic resources and limited access to health care could hinder programme implementation. Conclusion The barriers to implementation identified in this study need to be considered when defining CVD prevention programme policy and planning.

Type: Article
Title: Cardiovascular disease prevention in Ghana: feasibility of a faith-based organizational approach
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2471/blt.11.086777
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2471/blt.11.086777
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Authors 2017, This article is published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Intergovernmental Organizations license (CC BY IGO 3.0)
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > SHS Faculty Office
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > SHS Faculty Office > UCL Institute for Advanced Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10078460
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