Self care for health
Other TitlesA Handbook for community health workers and volunteers
AbstractThe World Health Organization defines self care as the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote, maintain health, prevent disease and to cope with illness with or without the support of a health care provider. Self care encompasses several issues including hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle, environmental and socio-economic factors. Promotion of self care is a means to empower individuals, families and communities for informed health decision-making. It has the potential of improving the efficiency of health systems and contributing towards health equity. This handbook is designed to provide essential information related to human body and measures that need to be adopted to preserve and promote health as well as prevent disease. It contains information about what individuals can do themselves when illness strikes. It is an essential tool for community-based health workers and community health volunteers to promote health, prevent and control disease. The information in this handbook will also be useful for health professionals and the general public for adopting appropriate self care practices.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Self care for health. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205887