Training manual for cluster representatives and health volunteers: module 1: family health
AbstractExperiences from different countries of the Region implementing community-based initiatives programmes have shown that organized and aware communities are able to significantly improve basic health indicators within their communities. This training manual for cluster representatives and health volunteers encompasses a series of four modules to facilitate the work of health care providers with community participation. These modules show how communities can become involved at a grassroots’ level in the sustainable delivery of primary health care services. The modules cover: family health; emergencies, environmental health and food safety; communicable diseases; and noncommunicable diseases. They are available in Arabic, English and French. Module 1 provides basic knowledge and skills on the role of the community in planning for safe delivery and care during pregnancy. It delivers key information on birth spacing and the benefits of family planning for mothers, children and families; problems related to child health, nutrition for vulnerable groups (children under 5 years of age, pregnant and lactating mothers) and dental care and hygiene. Health facility workers are encouraged to use this manual to train cluster representatives and health volunteers to be able to assist them in supporting families during antenatal, birth and postnatal periods, referring high-risk pregnancies and complicated cases to a health facility, advocating for birth spacing and the use of family planning methods, increasing public awareness about home management of child diseases, promoting good nutritional practices, referring suspected cases of malnutrition and high risk pregnancies to the health facilities and improving the community’s knowledge about the importance and function of teeth, gums and dental hygiene
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2009). Training manual for cluster representatives and health volunteers: module 1: family health. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/116601
Description77 p. ; 25 cm.
Gov't Doc #WHO-EM/CBI/060.01/E
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