PROJECT PLANNIG PROCESS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE PROJECTS IN MACHAKOS COUNTY
Keywords:Critical Success Factors, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Proper planning, Financing, Implementation of UHC
Health care is viewed by some as a fundamental right but by others as a tradable commodity. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a policy priority at both the national and global level. The main objective of this study was to investigate the Critical Success Factors in the Implementation of Universal Healthcare Projects: The Case of Machakos county. The study was guided by the following specific objectives; to investigate the influence of proper planning and financing on implementation of the UHC project within Machakos County. A descriptive survey design was utilized in this study. The target population was the Households receiving UHC, community health care workers and local leaders in Machakos county. The target population comprised of 200 household receiving UHC, 100 community health care workers and 50 local leaders. The researcher obtained sample size using Yamane formulae (1967). This study used primary sources of data to produce quantitative information. Therefore, questionnaires were the main tool for data collection. Pilot study was carried out in Machakos County to enable validity and reliability of research instruments to be determined. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the data with the aid of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25. Descriptive statistics includes percentages, frequencies, mean mode and standard deviation. Data was represented inform of tables and figures. The study concludes that planning has a positive and significant effect on the implementation of the UHC project in Machakos County. In addition, the study concludes that funding has a positive and significant effect on the implementation of the UHC project in Machakos County. Based on the findings, this study recommends that Machakos County government should ensure proper project planning through formulation of effective budget and making informed decisions to improve project implementation.