Training manual for cluster representatives and health volunteers: module 4: noncommunicable diseases
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 4 provides basic knowledge and skills on the role of the community in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes and common cancers. The module also provides key information for prevention and control of blindness, active and healthy ageing and care of older people, mental health and substance abuse, and different approaches for tobacco control. Health facility workers are encouraged to use the manual to train cluster representatives and health volunteers to be able to assist them in educating patients, families and communities on reducing risk factors and complications of noncommunicable diseases, managing common eye problems and referring people with eye problems to a health facility, promoting the health of older people, forming linkages with health services and nongovernmental organizations for the care of older people, raising community awareness about mental illness and identifying suspected cases of mental illness and substance abuse and referring them to health facilities, and organizing awareness-raising campaigns about the dangers of smoking, especially targeting youth
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2009). Training manual for cluster representatives and health volunteers: module 4: noncommunicable diseases. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/116598
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Gov't Doc #WHO-EM/CBI/060.04/E
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