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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.

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WG-2

Advocacy for Action

Claude Lenfant, USA

Archie Turnbull, Switzerland

Paul van Cauwenberge, Belgium


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AWARENESS, to raise the attention to the problem

DISSEMINATION, of what to do, what to recommend


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AWARENESS, to raise the attention to the problem

DISSEMINATION, of what to do, what to recommend


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Why do we want to raise the attention to the problem?

The problem is important, it affects many and we know we can do something about it

and

If we don’t know about it, we can’t do something about it!


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“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


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Specifically, who should be made aware?

Government

Health and Finance officials

Communities leaders

Media: TV and Newspapers

Foundations

Academic and Physicians groups

Patients and Public at large

Private sector: business


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Is there a standard, single approach to increase awareness?

NO!

It will vary from country to country, based on economic status, health care system, culture, population density, etc.


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AWARENESS, to raise the attention to the problem

DISSEMINATION, of what to do, what to recommend



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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


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The Target is primarily the Health Care Professionals

Doctors

Physician assistants

Nurses

Pharmacists

Social workers



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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.


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Awareness and Dissemination are essential for success, they become “partners”.

but to be effective they must be continuous processes.


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