Self care for health: a handbook for community health workers & volunteers

The 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.

Situation of newborn and child health in South-East Asia: progress towards MDG 4

The Situational Analysis is a compilation of factsheets on newborn and child health for the Member States in the South-East Asia Region of WHO. It has been prepared by undertaking an in-depth review of the most recent national household surveys like Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, other national reports, and international data wherever available. The information covers the demographic indicators, mortality, nutrition status, and coverage of the core interventions for newborn and child health, as well as water and sanitation situation. It also highlights the existing socio-economic disparities in newborn and child health in relation of mortality and intervention coverage levels. The publication reflects the progress in newborn and child health at the country and regional levels towards achievement of the MDG 4...

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
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Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
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