|HEALTH EDUCATION IN NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES
|MA Seetha & GD Gothi: NTI Newsletter 1977, 14,
This paper critically describes the place of Health
Education in National Health Programmes. Health Education is one
of the recognised ways of health promotion in the primary prevention
of diseases in the community. Probably it may be required even at
secondary and tertiary prevention levels. This implies that health
education has to be directed towards the community for accepting
the health services provided and participate in all activities which
promote their own health. Health education is part of any health
programme and its component and implementation depend on the nature
and organisation of the health programme itself. Integrated programmes
are more acceptable to the community and economically feasible.
Health education of the community under the integrated health services
has to have new dynamics and priority over the conventional approach
hitherto adopted in vertical programmes. Health education in all
national health programmes has to be made into a comprehensive one,
rather than planning individually for each programme. Community
health education should go along with the "health education"
of the health workers. The efforts to do former alone without
improving the latter, has not been able to give good dividends.
|KEY WORDS: HEALTH EDUCATION, NATIONAL HEALTH