With active participation of the community a situational health analysis of New Jerusalen town was performed. Yearly visits for three years were programmed. The initial visit was undertaken in July 2009.
The new health promotion technique is called UMAS group which is basically education to community leaders, in this case head of families who in turn will be able to perpetuate this knowledge to their own families and then to the rest of the community. Main problems affecting the community were identified (respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, reproductive health, health problems related to use of firewood, new economic activities for sustained development), potential solutions and their methodologies were evaluated, and families were divided up based on the number of problems. After four months families rotate to be trained in another theme and subsequently all themes are discussed with all families. A total of 54 women> 15 years, 49 men > 15 years, 121 children <15 years are the potential beneficiaries of this initiative.
The areas covered with this initiative include; job creation, income generation, infrastructure development (part of the project is to improve firewood kitchens to make them less harmful to the population), education improvement, social inclusion (through social and community participation), community empowerment ( thorough education and active participation in their own future). Future plans include using the same initiative in other communities with similar characteristics and problems.
In our initial visit we expanded the situation analysis and found the problems above mentioned. The technique was explained with help of bilingual community members. The community was extremely receptive about the themes and actively took part with suggestions and recommendations. The first follow up visit is scheduled to happen in July 2010.
|Keywords:||Umas Group, Health Promotion, Nueva Jerusalen, Health Education|
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Section of Geriatric Medicine, Lousiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Senior Medical Student, Department of Medicine, Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Lima, Peru
Junior Medical Student, Department of Medicine, Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Lima, Peru
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