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Title: Disease control: the role of social mobilization: round table 2
Authors: Regional Committe for Africa, 51
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: WHO. Regional Office for Africa
Place of publication: Brazzaville
Language: English
Abstract: 5. Social mobilization is the process of bringing together all possible intersectoral partners and allies to participate in development programmes. It builds on the contribution of technical experts, and emphasizes the capabilities and roles of social allies and partners including community members. 6. Social mobilisation aims at empowering individuals and communities to identify their needs, their rights, and their responsibilities, change their ideas and beliefs and organize the human, material, financial and other resources required for socioeconomic development. Key actors in social mobilization may include heads of state, government ministries and parastatals, the donor community, civil society (including religious organizations, community-based organizations, nongovernmental organizations), political and traditional leaders, families and individuals at all levels, especially the global, national and district levels. 7. In the context of health development, social mobilisation is viewed as one of the tools of health promotion. It is an approach that provides individuals and groups with knowledge and skills, and mediates between different interest groups to create environments that support and promote health. 8. In the health sector, social mobilisation is closely linked to, and supports, other health development processes such as service delivery, infrastructure and human resource development, preventive interventions and advocacy for health. The critical contribution of social mobilisation to health development is to enhance the participation of various actors, leading to increased knowledge of, control over, and ownership of, health interventions.
Description: Regional Committee for Africa, Fifty-first session, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 27 August–1 September 2001, Provisional agenda item 9.2
Subject: Communicable Disease Control
Disease Management
Regional Health Planning
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC51/RT/2
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