RESEARCH ARTICLE


Validating Developed Strategies for Integrating Indigenous Health and Modern Health Systems for Improved Adolescent Sexual Health outcomes in Umguza and Mberengwa Districts in Zimbabwe



Wilfred N. Nunu1, 3, *
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, Lufuno Makhado1, Jabu T. Mabunda1, Rachel T. Lebese2
1 Department of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
2 School of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
3 Department of Environmental Science and Health, Faculty of Applied Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Environmental Science and Health, Faculty of Applied Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, P O Box Ac 939 Ascot, Corner Gwanda Road and Cecil Avenue, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Tels: 00263 9 282842; Ext 2473, 00263772984539/00263713083081; E-mail: njabulow@gmail.com


Abstract

Background:

Adolescent Sexual Health strategies developed and implemented in different country settings need to be contextualised through validation to align with the populace's needs. This study sought to validate developed strategies meant to facilitate the integration of Indigenous Health System and Modern Health System for improved Adolescent Sexual Health outcomes.

Methods:

The Delphi Technique was used to validate the strategies by recruiting fifteen experts in Indigenous Health systems, Health Systems and Policies, Adolescent Sexual Health and Program, Guideline, and Strategy Development to evaluate the developed strategies and assess their feasibility. Furthermore, 100 key stakeholders in Umguza and Mberengwa responded to a semi-structured checklist to express their opinions on the developed strategies and their feedback used to refine the strategies.

Results:

Experts suggested minor changes to one strategy and agreed with the other four strategies. Most key stakeholders (97%) endorsed the proposed strategies. The strategies were, therefore, refined and presented as per the suggestions of these consulted actors.

Conclusion:

Therefore, it is imperative that these strategies be piloted and implemented in the two districts and the progress monitored and evaluated. Suppose they are yielding positive results in as far as Adolescent Sexual health-related issues are concerned. In that case, an implementation must be expanded and rolled out in other districts that have a similar setup.

Keywords: Adolescents, Indigenous health systems, Integration, Modern health systems, Sexual health, Strategies, Validation.