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close this bookPopulation and Health (FAO Population Education Leaders Guides)
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View the documentActivity no. 1 - Basic needs for good health
View the documentActivity no. 2 - Preparing oral rehydration treatment solution
View the documentActivity no. 3 - A visit or visits from a social worker from the ministry of health

Basic concepts



  • Health is a valuable personal, family and community asset for which we are each responsible as individuals.
  • In areas where the population is growing rapidly, health and sanitation facilities are often inadequate, and diseases and sickness are more common.
  • To protect their health, young women should delay pregnancy until they are at least 20 years old, and then space their children.
  • Misuse of alcohol and drugs is very dangerous to health for everyone, and especially for pregnant women.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a serious health problem and young men and women need to know how to avoid them.