The Community Is My University: A Voice from the Grass Roots on Rural Health and Development

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As a result of community research and community actions through the engagement of thousands of people organized in Care Groups, trachoma has virtually been eliminated in large parts of the Northern Province of South Africa. In this new book, based on a series of interviews with the main community organizer, Selina Maphorogo, the pitfalls and struggle to achieve successful community participation in health is elaborated. This book is not written from the point of view of the professional, but is the personal account of Selina as a grassroots worker. Her view on the how hospital personnel and other health professionals and administrators deal with community health workers and communities is revealing if not shocking. The book attempts to highlight the communication gap between health providers and the community. Because of the many examples of lessons learned, this book is a must for all those who are engaged in community based health care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789068327229
  • Publisher: KIT Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements 11
Preface: Why write another book on community health? 13
Setting the Scene 17
Ch. 1 Selina's story: from domestic worker to community health promoter 41
Ch. 2 The growing Care Groups; the first 8 years 63
Ch. 3 The Care Groups come of age 85
Ch. 4 The Care Groups at work 103
Ch. 5 The Care Groups in their communities 127
Ch. 6 The joys and frustrations of being a Care Group Motivator 143
Ch. 7 Motivating and Mediating 161
Ch. 8 Looking back and looking forward: experience from the past and dreams for the future 175
Ch. 9 Care Groups in the New Millennium 191
The story of the Care Groups in colour 209
Postscript: From health problems to an understanding of health and well-being 225
Appendix 255
Bibliography 257
Glossary 261
Some practical instructions 265
About the authors 271
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