Exploring Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations in Health Development: The Case of Iddirs in Addis Ababa

Garoma Kena
Health being the major development input, it was given due considerations in the millennium development goals to be achieved by 2015 by developing countries including Ethiopia. The health service coverage, utilization and quality in Ethiopia are poor and have not shown significant gains over time. The sector has been dominated by the public sector with limited involvement by other actors. The government could not handle the problem alone. Cognizant of these facts, the need to diversify actors
more » ... diversify actors in the health sector was given priority in the health policy as well as other policy documents. The Iddir is one of civil society organizations in Ethiopia that has recently gained some attention as potential partner in development, both by the government and non governmental organizations. Objectives To explore partnership potentials between Iddirs, the government, and nongovernmental organizations in the health sector. Methods: Cross-sectional exploratory study was conducted from January to March, 2007 using both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. For the quantitative survey, a sample of 422 Iddir leaders were randomly selected from the Iddirs currently registered with the ten Sub Cities of Addis Ababa for interview. For the qualitative part, four focus group discussions were organized with Iddir leaders and Iddir members to explore their views on the importance and willingness of establishing partnerships between Iddirs and the government and non governmental organizations. Eleven in-depth interviews were also conducted with key informants drawn from non-governmental organizations working in partnerships with Iddirs vi and relevant government agencies to explore their views on the significance and possibilities of establishing partnerships with Iddirs in health development. Result: Out of the 422 Iddirs surveyed, 228 (54.0%) are currently engaged in health related activities in one way or another. The majority, 216 (51.2%), are involved in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support activities. [...]
doi:10.20372/nadre/13392 fatcat:ideflypyxvbnbcepxjukghmjcu