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Title: Rebel health services in Nepal
Author: Devkota, Bhimsen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2710 7617
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist established its own health services within its bastion areas during the decade long (1996-2006) conflict. This study captured a fresh opportunity to examine the Maoist health workers and their services, to explore their numbers, motives and trajectories, and to assess perspectives and responses of the key actors for their assessment, rehabilitation and integration within the primary health system. The study used a mixed methods approach. Data were obtained by using self-administered questionnaires (n=197), semi-structured interviews (n=32) and key informant interviews (n=20). The Maoist health workers regard themselves as capable of delivering health services in rural communities. They claim that their movement was decisive in overthrowing the previous repressive regime and in establishing a republic opening up avenues for people’s democracy, state restructuring and progressive health reforms in the country. The government of Nepal however lacks information on their number, qualities career motivation and integration incentives. Their limited skills and partisan interests could be an obstacle for their recognition and absorption. The military and political agenda has prevailed over the issue of optimal absorption of the Maoist health workers and health services redevelopment. Despite having some institutional provisions for health worker assessment and accreditation and capacity for absorption, there has been no national discussion of what kind of rehabilitation and integration model is appropriate for them. This study suggests that the post-conflict settlement of the Maoist health services provides an opportunity to reorient Nepal’s health services and to recognise the role of the health sector as a bridge for peace.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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