WG-2. Advocacy for Action. Claude Lenfant, USA Archie Turnbull, Switzerland Paul van Cauwenberge, Belgium. AWARENESS , to raise the attention to the problem. DISSEMINATION , of what to do, what to recommend. AWARENESS , to raise the attention to the problem.
Advocacy for Action
Claude Lenfant, USA
Archie Turnbull, Switzerland
Paul van Cauwenberge, Belgium
The problem is important, it affects many and we know we can do something about it
If we don’t know about it, we can’t do something about it!
“The key elements of effective control of the CRDs in the community include an improvement of the awareness of CRDs among health professionals and the population at large, and, more specifically, among the individuals with CRDs”.
Source: WHO Technical Report Series No. 869. 1996
Health and Finance officials
Media: TV and Newspapers
Academic and Physicians groups
Patients and Public at large
Private sector: business
It will vary from country to country, based on economic status, health care system, culture, population density, etc.
The Goal is to provide evidence that something can be done
Strategies and interventions have been tested, and they work
Prevention is effective for many CRDs
Most patients with CRD can be treated effectively
The Target is primarily the Health Care Professionals
Whenever possible, patients should also be educated so that they become “partners”.
The Content should be derived from existing guidelines. they become “partners”.
Local experts and professional societies must adapt guidelines to local situations.
The choice of the guideline is important, but not as much as applying/using what is known.
Awareness and Dissemination are essential for success, they become “partners”.
but to be effective they must be continuous processes.