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close this bookEducation for Health (WHO, 1988, 274 p.)
close this folderChapter 6: Health education with communities
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View the documentWhat is a community?
View the documentWhen is community health education needed?
View the documentGetting opinion leaders involved
View the documentThe role of local organizations
View the documentThe community health committee
View the documentAdvisory and planning boards
View the documentIntersectoral coordination groups
View the documentOrganizing a health campaign
View the documentSpecial community events
View the documentMobilizing community resources for a project
View the documentDeveloping a partnership with people
View the documentThe role of the community health worker


Enabling communities to gain the skills necessary for the safeguard and promotion of health is a major objective of health education.

Through community involvement, lay and professional people study health problems, pool their knowledge and experience, and develop ways and means of solving the problems. Our role is to help the community organize itself so that learning will take place and action will follow.

This chapter discusses:

- What a community represents
- When community health education is needed
- Getting opinion leaders involved
- The role of local organizations
- The community health committee
- Advisory and planning boards
- Intersectoral coordination groups
- Organizing a health campaign
- Special community events
- Mobilizing community resources for a project
- Developing a partnership with people
- The role of the community health worker

Linking together people from different sectors such as education, agriculture, industry, labour, town-planning, etc. to work out their own solutions to their problems-with the guidance of health and other community workers-is the surest way to health progress and development.