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

Patricia Karen A Abanilla, Keng-Yen Huang, Daniel Shinners, Andrea Levy, Kojo Ayernor, Ama de Graft Aikins, Olugbenga Ogedegbe

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-656
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume89
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Ghana
Cardiovascular Diseases
Organizations
Committee Membership
Delivery of Health Care
Health Services Accessibility
Health Resources
Health
Program Evaluation
Poverty
Focus Groups
Economics
Interviews

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Cardiovascular disease prevention in Ghana : Feasibility of a faith-based organizational approach. / Abanilla, Patricia Karen A; Huang, Keng-Yen; Shinners, Daniel; Levy, Andrea; Ayernor, Kojo; Aikins, Ama de Graft; Ogedegbe, Olugbenga.

In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 89, No. 9, 09.2011, p. 648-656.

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Abanilla, Patricia Karen A ; Huang, Keng-Yen ; Shinners, Daniel ; Levy, Andrea ; Ayernor, Kojo ; Aikins, Ama de Graft ; Ogedegbe, Olugbenga. / Cardiovascular disease prevention in Ghana : Feasibility of a faith-based organizational approach. In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2011 ; Vol. 89, No. 9. pp. 648-656.
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