|Education for Health (WHO, 1988, 274 p.)|
|Chapter 6: Health education with communities|
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.