In this issue we look at health care at the household level. Often when people think about health care, they think of hospitals and professional health workers. People in remote, rural or poor urban communities across the world often have little access to these formal medical services. However, by learning some basic information and skills, people are able to take responsibility for looking after the majority of their own and their family’s health needs at home.
Preventing illnesses and accidents from occurring is just as important as treatment. Many common diseases can be prevented by simple hygiene and sanitation measures such as making sure water used for drinking is safe, and by washing hands before eating or preparing food. Good nutrition is vital to maintain health.
However, there remain many serious
medical conditions which do require
professional medical attention. This
issue of Footsteps cannot provide
complete medical advice. Caregivers
should recognise when they need
to seek medical help (see page 9).
If you are not sure about an illness,
or how to treat it, or if the illness is
serious, then always seek advice
from a trained health worker as
soon as possible. Communities can
work together to hold governments
accountable to provide these services
and ensure that people have access to
good quality professional medical care
when it is necessary.
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