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PREVENTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION

This program was developed to help physicians, families and communities save the most lives and prevent the most suffering through health promotion and prevention of their most common and serious health conditions. However, there are times when compliance with the best evidencebased guidelines may not be possible and procedures may need to be modified (Lack of means to boil water, or lack of availability of Oral Rehydration Solution packets, for example), and guidelines also change as new evidence becomes available. There may also be delays in the availability of updates.

Lack of implementation of these evidence-based guidelines has also resulted in a world-wide epidemic of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. This “Slow Motion Disaster” recently resulted in the second ever UN General Assembly on Health in its 67 year history. The Director General of the WHO (September, 2011) reported that “In the absence of urgent action, the rising financial and economic costs of these diseases will reach levels that are beyond the coping capacity of even the wealthiest countries in the world.”

WHY THIS TRAINING PROGRAMME
IS VERY IMPORTANT

The Health Education Programme was created to provide the most important health care information to the people who need it most (Save the most lives and prevent the most suffering). The program Enables the integration of primary care and community health at the hospital, clinic/health center, and family/community levels of care. This remains the key to community transformation and the success of healthcare systems in both developed and developing countries:

  • Empowers physicians and other healthcare providers, teachers, churches and patients to save lives and relieve suffering through health promotion and prevention of their most common and serious health conditions. (The WHO reports that primary prevention and health promotion can prevent up to 70% of the world-wide disease burden).
  • Addresses the most important health problems in "developed" as well as "developing" countries, and is relevant to urban, as well as, rural communities.
  • Is based on the most critical global health care needs as specified in the latest WHO World Health Reports.
  • Emphasizes the WHO top 10 leading risk factors globally that cause the most deaths and suffering.
  • Includes the current world-wide epidemic of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases (Described by the WHO as the "Slow Motion Disaster").
  • Describes WHO guidelines for the prevention and care of these as well as other common diseases through “reducing risk and promoting healthy life.”
  • Includes mental health and other recommendations for recovering from disasters, physical or sexual assault, or other serious accidental or war-inflicted injury.
  • Enables a holistic approach to care of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
  • Incorporates WHO guidelines such as “Integrated Management of Childhood Illness,” and provides additional evidence-based guidelines for care from the CDC and other WHO collaborating partners.
  • Includes the written Handbook as well as 60 full color teaching Illustrations.

THE PROGRAMME AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL

The program at the community level is based on the following principles (From the WHO):

  1. Communities can and should determine their own priorities in dealing with the problems that they face.
  2. The enormous depth and breadth of collective experience and knowledge in a community can be built on to bring about change and improvements.
  3. When people understand a problem, they will more readily act to solve it.
  4. People solve their own problems best in a participatory group process.