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Title: THE PRACTICE OF VOLUNTEERISM IN GHANA: A CASE STUDY OF COMMUNITY HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE WEST MAMPRUSI DISTRICT OF NORTHERN REGION
Authors: Kevi, E. K. W.
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Volunteerism is a way of life, present in all societies. Volunteer work contributes in varied ways to meeting community health needs and organizational goals throughout the world. However, sustainability of voluntary activities is highly threatened in recent times. This descriptive cross sectional study aimed at ascertaining the views and perceptions about the practice of volunteerism among Community Health Volunteers in the West Mamprusi District. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to collect data. Using snowball and convenience sampling methods, the researcher collected data from 155 volunteers and 3 volunteer managers. Six focus group discussions were also conducted with selected volunteers and community members. The qualitative data was analysed thematically whilst the quantitative data was analysed by the use of Epi Info 7. The study revealed varied views about volunteering, with its free will and non-remunerative nature coming out strongly. Volunteers were mostly recruited by community leaders. Reimbursement of volunteers’ expenses was rarely done by the organisations. The propensity to volunteer was largely through altruistic motives, a sense of duty to the community. Major barriers to active involvement of the volunteers include lack of quality supervision, increased workload, lack of financial rewards, and misconception of community members about volunteering. These findings demonstrate that there was no adherence to a common volunteer management practices among the various VIOs. It is recommended that both VIOs and community leaders provide potential volunteers with an in-depth knowledge on the principles underpinning volunteerism during recruitment and selection process as well as orientation and training sessions.
Description: MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNITY HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/963
Appears in Collections:School of Medicine and Health Sciences



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