Filtered by: Primary Healthcare <Back to previous page Advocacy for health provisionby Dr Kris Prenger Case studies primary healthcareThese examples give some idea of the variety of approaches in primary health care, looking in particular at the selection and training of community health workers, community involvement and funding. EditorialOur health is affected by what we eat. Without a healthy, balanced diet, we will not have healthy bodies able to fight off diseases. In this issue we are looking at ideas to help with farming for better nutrition. EditorialThe idea behind primary health care is to move the emphasis away from large institutions with professionally trained people and to share the responsibility for health care with ordinary people. The emphasis is not on curing health problems, but on preventing them. Information about health needs to be shared with everyone. Ordinary people who are helped with clear, simple information can prevent and treat many common health problems in their own homes. In 1978, over 150 governments from around ... Eye care in Biomboby Audrey Fernandez. The busy clinic at Biombo in Guinea Bissau, West Africa, acts as a centre for primary health care work in the surrounding areas. A group of eye specialists from Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM) visited Biombo in January this year. We were greatly encouraged by their work and were amazed by the number of people in need. Dr Adrian Hopkins and his team made us aware of how simple hygiene, nutrition and early treatment of eye conditions can prevent blindness which may ... Kisumu Dental UnitPrimary dental care in Western Kenya Some 20 years ago, a clergyman in Kisumu, Western Kenya, faced a growing problem. Regularly people would come to his door “suffering from teeth”. He was unable to help them but what could he do? Local help was not available so he arranged for two dentists to come from the UK to start the Dental Unit in the Dioceses of Maseno North and South. Partnership in primary health careby Isabel Carter and Ted Lankester. Developing partnership Primary health care is often only thought of in medical terms. However, the key to successful community based health care is to work in partnership with the community. This, an often revolutionary aim, is too often neglected. Providing essential drugs The Bamako InitiativeThere are many reasons for drug shortages. Many countries, particularly in Africa, have not adopted an essential drugs list to ensure good supplies of the most commonly used drugs. There may not be enough foreign exchange to import the necessary raw materials to produce the drugs within country. Drugs can be lost due to theft, poor storage and wastage through expiry. When drugs are prescribed to patients there may be further losses due to over-prescription, unnecessary injections or ... ResourcesCompassionate Community Work by Dave Andrews. This is an easy-to-use introductory course book on Christian community development work. It is designed for training community workers, church leaders, teachers and students, and can be used as a group resource or for self-study. It is practical and full of useful tasks and exercises. It costs £14.99 (US $24.99) Staying healthycompiled by Maggie Sandilands Preventing illnesses and accidents from happening is as important as being able to treat them when they occur. The expertise of professional health workers or hospital treatment may be required to treat a serious illness, but prevention has to begin in the home. There are many simple ways to help your family to stay healthy.