DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20190580

Urban health extension service utilization and associated factors in the community of Gullele sub-city administration, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Aderajew Mekonnen Girmay, Martin R. Evans, Sirak Robele Gari, Azage Gebreyohannes Gebremariam, Mulumebet Tadesse Reta

Abstract


Background: In Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the urban health extension program was started in 2009. Its approach is based on the assumption that access to and quality of primary health care in urban communities can be improved through transfer of health knowledge and skills to households. The study was conducted to assess the status of urban health extension service utilization and associated factors.

Methods: A community based cross–sectional study was conducted to collect data from 628 participants. Sample size was determined by using a single population proportion formula. Binary logistic regression was used for data analysis.

Results: The proportion of community utilization of the urban health extension program was found to be 86%. Respondents’ odds of utilizing urban health extension services among those who participated in the planning of urban health extension program activities were 2.8 (AOR=2.8; 95% CI: 1.43-3.70) times the odds of those who did not participate. The household respondents who utilized toilet with hand washing facilities had odds of utilizing urban health extension services that are higher by 2.62 (AOR=2.62 with 95% CI: 1.70-9.77) compared to those not utilizing toilet with hand washing facilities.

Conclusions: The study provided important information regarding to the status of community utilization of urban health extension services. Respondents who utilized toilet with hand washing facilities were higher among the respondents who utilized and implemented the urban health extension packages. Respondents who participated in the planning of urban health extension program activities were those who significantly utilized and implemented the urban health extension program.


Keywords


Urban health extension program, Gullele sub-city, Knowledge, Logistic regression, Addis Ababa

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