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International course on systems in community managed health

International Institute of Rural

Reconstruction, Philippines

June 2 - 27,1997

June 8 - July 3, 1998

International Institute of

Rural Reconstruction

Major areas to be covered

People's action for better health

Community health initiatives in Asia Africa and Latin America will be described and critically analyzed from two perspectives: from the villagers' point of view and from the perspective of government or nongovernment development organizations. This situational analysis will serve as a starting point for defining and describing community-managed health systems.

Strategies in community health

Past and present strategies in community health will be reviewed in an attempt to develop field validated recommended approaches.

Topics will include:

- Organizing people

- Village-health workers

- Village-level training and communication

- Village-level data collection and analysis

- Health financing

- Traditional/indigenous health approaches

- Appropriate technologies

- Environment and health

- Health delivery systems

- Occupational health

- Population and reproductive health

- New and re-emerging communicable diseases

- Water and sanitation

- Lifestyle coping mechanisms

- Nutrition

Current issues relating to health such as gender and the General Agreements on Tariff and Trade (GATI )

Role of development organizations

The course will address the question of how government and non-government development workers can be most productively involved as villagers strive to meet their health needs. A framework for action will be developed.

Action planning

Each participant will be expected during the course IO prepare a detailed act ion plan for a project or program in community-managed health that his or her organization might implement. The plans will be critiqued by participants and course facilitators. To help make the exercise more relevant participants arc urged to discuss their action plan concept with their sponsoring organization before coming to the course.

Training methods

Case materials, field visits, interaction with people's organizations and participants' sliaring of experiences will septic as bases for discussions.

Participants arc requested to bring; available materials on their organizations and health programs.

Should you attend?

The course holds special value if you are:

- a member of a rural health program with a minimum of five years experience in community health and you are now asking: "What next?''

- from the NGO community and would like IO integrate health info your programs

- from a government agency and would like to see your efforts become more supportive of community health initiatives

- from academe or from a research institution and would like to complement a medical orientation with height end responsiveness to people's health needs

0 from a donor agency seeking a better understanding of efforts in community health to realign program priorities

Course fees

The course fee of US$2 500 covers training costs course-related local travel, materials meals lodging and accident insurance. It does not include international airfare or out-of-pocket allowance. (A pocket allowance of $300 is suggested for incidental and personal expenses.)

Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

How to apply?

For more information and application form write to:

Mila Resma

Education and training Division

IIRR Y.C. James Yen Center

Silang 4118 Cavite Philippines

Tel./fax: 6346 414 2423 - Tel.: 63-6-414


Fax: 63-46-414 2470 ~ Email or

IIRR Rm.38 Elena Apts. 512 R.Salas St.

Ermita Manila Philippines

Tel 63-2-525 1284 524 1585 - Fax 63-2-

522 2494


IIRR 475 Riverside Drive Room 1035

New York NY 101 15


Tel 1-212-870 2992 - Fax 1-212-870 2981

Telex 238573 RRNYUR - Cable


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International Course on Systems in Community managed Health

A four-week participatory course on analyzing experiences in establishing and maintaining people's health systems

It is almost 20 years since the United Nations' Alma Ata Declaration, but its goal of ''Health for All" by rile year 2000 is far from realization.

This course offers participants the opportunity to discuss and critically analyze achievements lo dale in terms of supporting community participation so that villagers could influence their health care. What has worked? What has failed?

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) has more than 30 years experience working with the rural poor, mostly, in partnership with nongovernment and government development organizations. The Institute's Health, Reproductive Health and Nutrition Program pursues sustainable, community-managed strategies to enable people to improve their health.

IIRR's mission is to share its rural development experience and wisdom with rural development organizations and practitioners. More than 4,000 trainees from more than 80 countries and nearly 1,3()() organizations have attended its training courses. The Institute has fielded more than 1()0 technical assistance missions.

Courses are held on IIRR's beautiful 50-hectare campus, an hour's drive south of Manila. The Institute

has a bright, air-conditioned training hall, with an electronic sound system and modern presentation equipment. Participants arc housed in a comfortable new hostel and are free to enjoy the Institute's swimming pool and jungle hiking trails. Money changing, phone fax, and email services arc available on campus. It is an ideal environment for learning and reflection.