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|Title: ||Increasing access to health education in Eastern Uganda: rethinking the role and preparation of volunteers|
|Authors: ||Sui, Godfrey E.|
Whyte, Suzane R.
|Keywords: ||Health education|
|Issue Date: ||2011 |
|Citation: ||Siu G.E., Susan R. W. (2009). Increasing access to health education in Eastern Uganda: Rethinking the role and preparation of volunteers. Health Education Journal, 68(2).|
|Abstract: ||Objective In many parts of Uganda, the demand for health education is greater than the conventional health sector can provide and community health education volunteers fill the gap. Using two case study non government organizations (NGOs) that heavily rely on volunteers as health educators, this article shows the problems of unsystematic preparation of volunteers for their roles in health education.
Design An exploratory cross-sectional design using in-depth interviews and focus group discussions was used. Setting Two case study NGOs that heavily rely on volunteers as health educators were selected in a rural district in eastern Uganda.
Method Focus group discussions and observation of health education sessions were conducted, as well as in-depth interviews with volunteers and staff of the selected NGOs.
Results The NGOs were enthusiastic about the role of volunteers in health education and regarded them positively. However, the process of recruitment was informal. Orientation of the volunteers was insufficient and rather unsystematic. A minimal focus was placed on methods of
conducting health education during the training of the volunteers, suggesting a failure to view health education as a professional field.
This left the practice of health education at the mercy of the volunteers’
own less reflective self-designed pedagogical approach.|
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