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close this bookTraining Manual in Combatting Childhood Communicable Diseases Part I (Peace Corps, 1985, 579 pages)
close this folderModule 2: Primary health care
close this folderSession 8: Factors affecting health
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View the documentTrainer Attachment 8A : The story of Ibrahim
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View the documentTrainer Attachment 8C : The chain of causes
View the documentTrainer Attachment 8D: Roles and setting for role play on traditional and modern health systems

Trainer Attachment 8C : The chain of causes

To help the participants get a better idea of the chain or network of causes leading to a certain health outcome and actual chain can be formed. Each time another cause is mentioned, a new link is added to the chain. Give each participant a few links then each time a new cause is mentioned everyone considers whether it is biological, physical, cultural, economic or political. Whoever has the right link for a particular cause adds that link to the chain.

The chains can be made from cardboard and each link can be colored differently to represent 5 kinds of causes. Symbol of Ibrahim, the family, and the community should be made in such a way that they reflect the cultural understanding of the society and the same goes for the symbol used for the grave.

The chain of causes (A)

The chain of causes (B)

(Adapted from: Werner and Bower. Helping Health Workers Learn. Chapter 26.)