Health SA Gesondheid (Online)
On-line version ISSN 2071-9736
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IIPINGE, Scholastika N. and PRETORIUS, Louise. Stakeholders' perceptions of the delivery and quality of sexually transmitted infection treatment by private practitioners in Windhoek, Namibia. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.1, pp.1-6. ISSN 2071-9736.
The primary objective of this study was to explore the perceptions of the community and other stakeholders regarding the delivery and quality of sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and care provided by private general practitioners (PGPs) in Windhoek, Namibia. The study provided a situational and contextual analysis employing qualitative methodologies using different methods of data collection. The methodology used included (1) a review of available country policy documents on STI management and surveillance, as well as the policy with regard to private primary care providers, (2) eight in-depth interviews conducted with key informants and (3) three focus-group discussions held with community members attending PGP practices in Windhoek. The perceptions of the care received from PGPs differed from one person to the next. It emerged that some participants had good experiences and some had negative experiences of the care given. The participants believed that going to a PGP for treatment is a matter of affordability that goes hand in hand with the expectations of receiving care, whilst maintaining confidentiality. The study established that there is no real difference between the care provided to patients with medical aid or those without medical aid. It is recommended that interactions between the public and private sector at various levels be initiated to ensure that curable STIs are appropriately managed and that national guidelines for STI management are adhered to. Health workers should also be sensitised about their approach towards patients. It is further recommended that awareness creation amongst PGPs with regard to the public health importance of STIs needs to be raised to encourage them to participate in the STI-control programme.
Keywords : general practitioner (GP); Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS); private general practitioner (PGP); sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Namibia; state health services.