ERIC Number: ED364359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Introducing Health Education to Educare Projects: A Case Study.
Atmore, Eric, Ed.
Grassroots Educare Trust is a training and service organization for community-controlled educare centers. Sharon Hostetler, a volunteer community health worker/trainer, helped launch a 6-day health program for educare workers in South Africa. In post-aparthied South Africa, the preschool field has been identified as an important target group for preventive health care. In a subsequent interview, Sharon Hostetler discusses her experiences developing the 6-day program, in which two trainees from each of the Educare centers participated. The program was developed around the information the trainees asked to learn, which ranged from simple health problems such as runny noses, to major trauma. Information on AIDS and HIV was also added. Among the difficulties Hostetler notes in her interview were the lack of basic teaching materials such as blackboards and electronics equipment; the pressure of covering a lot of material in so short a time, often without enough materials for the size of the group; the need to improvise when resupplying first aid kits, for example, making bandages from old clothes; and the paradox of teaching the concept of health to people who must live in essentially unhealthy environments. She also noted the need for trainees to follow up and make certain their instructions were being followed. The program was successful, Hostetler notes, largely because the trainees selected the content and committed themselves to it. Topics covered in the course as well as supplies for the first aid boxes are listed. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Grassroots Educare Trust, Gatesville (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa