Title: Evaluation of HIV health services in Lagos State: an empirical study

Authors: Waliu Apena; Rajeev K. Bali; Jackie Binnersley; Raouf N.G. Naguib; Michael O. Odetayo; Vikraman Baskaran

Addresses: Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies (BIOCORE), Applied Research Group, Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), Coventry University, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT, UK ' College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA

Abstract: This paper investigates the efficiency of a particular health service [specifically HIV/AIDS counselling and testing centres (HCT) in Lagos State, Nigeria]. A survey of 958 students, aged between 15-25, was carried out in Lagos State secondary schools and Lagos State University, in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Guidance and Counselling Unit. It was found that there was a low awareness about HIV testing and counselling activities in all the Lagos State divisions. This result suggests that Lagos State students remain vulnerable and that HCT centres are less organised than they could be and it proposes that knowledge management (KM) initiatives be adopted to increase both efficiency and effectiveness of efforts for this essential health service.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS centres; HIV counselling; HIV testing; Nigeria; knowledge management; HIV health services; HIV awareness; healthcare information; vulnerability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSEM.2014.059705

International Journal of Services, Economics and Management, 2014 Vol.6 No.1, pp.1 - 13

Received: 10 Mar 2013
Accepted: 11 Apr 2013

Published online: 07 Mar 2014 *

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