A final objective of the evaluation study was to develop training guidelines which could be used by other organizations to prepare Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) to provide PHC services to communities. These guidelines were prepared from data collected from interviews with training staff and healer participants in the four projects in Ghana, Mexico, and Bangladesh; from observations of actual training sessions in these projects; and from other publications (handbooks and training manuals) dealing with the preparation and training of community health workers and traditional health practitioners.
An attempt was made to identify lessons learned from previous training projects and to select specific methods and materials that have worked successfully in these projects. This information was then compiled and put into practical guidelines which hopefully can be used by local health agencies for training THPs in their own countries and regions.
This summary is a condensed version of the complete guidelines and is included here to give the reader a general idea of the contents of the complete edition. A few examples of the visual aids from the complete edition are included in the Appendices.
The complete version of these training guidelines is available as a separate publication, entitled GUIDELINES FOR TRAINING TRADITIONAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE. (In process of publication by WHO, Geneva, 1995).39