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close this bookOral Rehydration Therapy and the Control of Diarrheal Diseases (Peace Corps, 1985, 566 pages)
close this folderModule Six: Community health education
close this folderSession 21 - Resources for health education on controlling diarrheal diseases
View the document(introductory text...)
View the documentHandout 21B: Filling the information gap
View the documentHandout 21C: Networking
View the documentTrainer Attachment 21A: Linking the community with outside resources

(introductory text...)


1 hour


It is important for participants to be aware of and use materials and assistance available from local agencies working on the control of diarrheal diseases. This session begins with identification of human and physical resources in the capital and regional centers of the country. Participants discuss when and how to link people in their communities with these resources. They also explore ways they can continue to exchange information and project success stories after they return to their posts.


· To identify individuals, organizations, and other sources of materials, equipment and assistance for health education, on CDD, particularly ORT, in the host country.
(Step 1)

· To describe when and how to link community members with resource agencies.
(Step 2)

· To develop a means for participants to continue exchanging information after the training program on ORT/CDD.
(Step 3)


Community Health Education in Developing Countries. (Peace Corps) pp. 179-186.


- 21A List of Organizations With Resources for Health Education (to be developed by the Trainer

- 21B Filling the information Gap

- 21C Networking

Trainer Attachment:

- 21A Linking the Community with Outside Resources


Newsprint, markers, examples of resources available from local organizations.


Trainer Note

Prior to this session compile a list of individuals and organizations that hove resources on health education on CDD, particularly ORT. Ask some of the participants to help you with the list and in collecting examples of materials available from those places. Many tines you will find someone in one of the organizations who has already compiled a list that you can expand. Be sure to include the name of the organization, the name of a person to contact there, what is available, and what is necessary (such 85 a letter of request) to get or borrow those items.

Invite a few people from organizations with resources to visit the training session to discuss and demonstrate their resource. Ask one of the participants to arrange the e resources in a display in the training room. Also invite Peace Corps staff, particularly for the discussion of exchanging information (Step,).

If the local Peace Corps office circulates a regular newsletter to Volunteers, bring copies of the newsletter as a possible resource for information exchange after the training.

For inservice training, invite e fee first and second year Volunteers to share their experiences during this session.

Step 1 (20 min)

Identifying Resources

Introduce the session objectives and the visitors. Distribute Handouts 21A (List of Organizations With Resources for Health Education) and 21B (Filling the information Gap). Ask participants and visitors to add to the list. Ask the participants to describe some of their experiences getting and using resources from these agencies. Give the participants time to ask questions.

Trainer Note

If it is possible to invite representatives from resource agencies, follow the session format used in session 10 (Encouraging Collaboration Among Services for Treatment, Control and Prevention of Diarrhea). Depending on the health background and work of the participants and the duration of the training, this session could be combined with Session 10,

This discussion should also stimulate thinking about ways available materials con be used in community health education on CDD, particularly ORT.

Step 2 (20 min)

Linking the Community with Outside Resources

Tell one of the stories in Trainer Attachment 21A (Linking the Community with Outside Resources). Also ask the Participants to share some of their own stories. Use some of the following questions to discuss ways the story offers lessons for them.

- What are some of the things that the health Volunteer could hove done to make a better link between the community and the resource agency?

- What ore some of the disadvantages of linking people in the community with outside resources? What are the advantages?

Trainer Note

The main points that should come out in the discussion are:

- Don't get a resource for people if they can get it themselves. Encourage self-reliance.
- Don't get outside resources if the resources exist within the community.

Rather than doing all the work for the community, the Volunteer in the story could have provided information about resources like the information in the list in Handout 21A (List of Organizations with Resources for Health Education on ORT/CDD).

Step 3 (20 min)

Discussing Bays to Exchange Ideas

Spend 10 minutes brainstorming all the possible ways for participants to continue exchanging ideas and information after they go out to their posts.

Have the group review the list and pick the activity most likely to succeed. Make a list of tasks to be done to set up a means of exchanging information. Ask for volunteers for specific Jobs. Have the. set dates for completing the tasks. Distribute Handout 21C (Networking) as supplementary reading.

Trainer Note

Participants in other workshops have suggested ideas such as the following: a newsletter, a column in an existing newsletter where they can share project successes and failures, visiting each others sites and helping out with large projects, exchanging visual aids made locally, having a conference every six months after the training to exchange ideas and learn more about health care.