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Title: Profiling access to healthcare facilities in Kano State, Nigeria
Author: Umar, Farouk Abdulkadir
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 043X
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2019
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Access to effective healthcare is at the centre of the debate on how to achieve the health-related MDGs and a target for achieving the SDGs. This thesis explores spatial accessibility to healthcare facilities concerning how it relates to the health policies and the population in Kano State, Nigeria. Spatial access to healthcare facilities is key to improving the health status of the population and the achievement of global health-related goals. The health-related targets in terms of access to healthcare facilities are unrealistic particularly in developing countries where the resources to meet them are not available. There has been a scarcity of studies that investigate spatial access to healthcare facilities in relation to the health policies and strategic plans in developing countries which are tailored towards the realisation of the MDGs, SDGs and WHO targets. The paucity of such research in developing countries such as Nigeria is as a result of the slow development in the application of geographical information system, and the lack of reliable disaggregated population data which is important in assessing the progress of health policy targets. This research uses geographical information systems and disaggregated population data with the guide of a conceptual framework to investigate the relations between health targets and access to healthcare in Kano State. The research also models improved access to healthcare facilities in Kano State. The results of this research highlight the percentage population and settlement areas in Kano State that experience acceptable or poor access to healthcare facilities based on the health targets. It also provides what is required in terms of healthcare facilities and human resources for health to meet the Nigerian and WHO targets. The results also provide a realistic model and how an increase in healthcare facilities in optimal locations will improve access to healthcare in Kano. The findings from this research would be helpful in policy-making decisions regarding the identification of disadvantaged population and areas in terms of access to healthcare facilities. It will also be helpful by providing policymakers with a realistic model for improving access to healthcare in Kano State.
Supervisor: Hammett, Daniel ; Vickers, Daniel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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