Assessment of the Performance of Community Health Fund Scheme in Central Tanzania: A Case of Mkalama District
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ABSTRACT: The study was conducted at Mkalama district in Singida Region with the objective of assessing the performance of Community Health Funds, in terms of awareness and enrolment trend as well as barriers for joining the scheme. Data were collected through a combination of methods including household questionnaire survey, key informant‟s interviews and focus group discussions. Both primary and secondary data were collected. The study employed a descriptive statistical method in data analysis. The study revealed that, the majority were aware of the scheme, but the enrolment trend was generally low. Major reasons for people not joining the scheme include poverty, lack of health facilities at the village (e.g. Dispensary), drugs and qualified staff. The study recommended that the district and other stakeholders should improve the availability of health facilities, drugs and qualified staff at the village level, in order to enhance people access to the health services.