Perception of the stakeholders regarding the Community Health Programs conducted by B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in the Teaching Districts of eastern Nepal
B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) has implemented a community based medical curriculum as an innovative model in partnership with the district health system a concept known as teaching district. This paper aims to explore the perception of the stakeholders of the teaching district regarding the community health programs in the teaching districts of eastern Nepal.
A qualitative study was conducted among the medical students, community people & district health service professionals in the teaching district of BPKIHS in eastern Nepal. Focus group discussion and in-depth interviews were conducted in Dhankuta, Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, Illam and Saptari districts of eastern Nepal.
A total of 17 focus group discussion was held in the 6 teaching districts of BPKIHS. Community people expressed optimism about the community health programs near to their homes. The health institutions expressed the programs to have contributed in patient services. However, the need to strengthen the communication between BPKIHS and the health institutions was expressed. The students feel that the community postings provide opportunities to get acquainted with health in rural areas.
While there are more positive views on the community health programs of BPKIHS in eastern Nepal, there is a need to further explore the specific programs and their impact. Community health programs in the teaching district may need to be revisited to meet institutional, health services and student learning goals.
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