Family as centre of health development : Report of the regional meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 18-20 March 2013
AbstractDescription: The family is the fundamental institution of organization in society. Families provide the milieu where individuals are born, nurtured, learn to socialize and where the foundation of the individual's behaviour and views is laid. The tradition of "family" in South-East Asia is particularly strong. However, factors like globalization, economic boom, inequities vis-a-vis social determinants of health, urbanization, gender issues and so on are influencing the traditional joint family norm. Whatever the nature of family joint or nuclear it will continue to play a pivotal role in nurturing and socializing children and influencing the development of adolescents, serving as a support structure for family members, influencing health impacting behaviours both positive and negative and providing opportunities and role models for healthy living. The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia organized a regional meeting to highlight the role of the family in promoting and protecting health in South-East Asia. Over 50 participants, including public health experts, sociologists, academics and representatives of civil society organizations deliberated on how families influence health behaviour and outcomes through the life course. Programme initiatives that can assist families to adopt healthy lifestyle options and a way forward across sectors that can empower families to adopt healthy practices were proposed. This publication reports the deliberations during the regional meeting including recommendations made by the participants for WHO and Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Family as centre of health development : Report of the regional meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 18-20 March 2013. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205062