A qualitative evaluation of stakeholder perspectives on sustainable financing strategies for 'priority' adolescent sexual and reproductive health interventions in Ghana

Evans Otieku*, Ama P Fenny, Daniel M Achala, John E Ataguba

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) interventions are underfunded in Ghana. We explored stakeholder perspectives on innovative and sustainable financing strategies for priority ASRH interventions in Ghana.

METHODS: Using qualitative design, we interviewed 36 key informants to evaluate sustainable financing sources for ASRH interventions in Ghana. Thematic content analysis of primary data was performed. Study reporting followed the consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research.

RESULTS: Proposed conventional financing strategies included tax-based, need-based, policy-based, and implementation-based approaches. Unconventional financing strategies recommended involved getting religious groups to support ASRH interventions as done to mobilize resources for the Ghana COVID-19 Trust Fund during the global pandemic. Other recommendations included leveraging existing opportunities like fundraising through annual adolescent and youth sporting activities to support ASRH interventions. Nonetheless, some participants believed financial, material, and non-material resources must complement each other to sustain funding for priority ASRH interventions.

CONCLUSION: There are various sustainable financing strategies to close the funding gap for ASRH interventions in Ghana, but judicious management of financial, material, and non-material resources is needed to sustain priority ASRH interventions in Ghana.

Original languageEnglish
Article number373
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Volume24
Issue1
ISSN1472-6963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Humans
  • Adolescent
  • Reproductive Health
  • Ghana
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Adolescent Health
  • Reproductive Health Services
  • Funding strategies
  • Interventions
  • Sexual/reproductive health

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