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Title: The Contribution of Health Education Programs In Improving Maternal Health In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (The case of Bole sub city, DillFireHealthCenter)
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Teshome Tola( PhD)
Eriknnesh, Yohanne
Keywords: Bole sub-city
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Abstract: This study assessed the contribution of the health education programs in improving maternal health status, in Woreda14 of Bole sub-city in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. It discovered the methods, approaches of health education program techniques used in the house–to-house delivered informal health education supervision. In addition, the role of the long life health education and its contribution on maternal mortality rate and how it can be diffused to community members addressing women using different techniques such as, professionals training of educators, planning of the health education, teaching-learning process and monitoring and evaluation activities has been assessed. The strengths, weakness, and challenges faced at the implementation phase of the health education program and opportunities it brought have been revealed through this study. This study used a qualitative research approach. The data was collected through close ended and open ended questionnaires semi structured in-depth interview, FGD and structured field observation. This study revealed that the house–to-house delivered health education program was conducted by qualified health professionals with total absence of teaching qualification. All the Woreda level health education planning, coordination, actual teaching-learning process, regular supervision and evaluation is made with total absence of the participation of professionals in health education. The level of the collaboration the Woreda has with the NGOs was limited to receiving material and financial assistance to facilitate the health education programs. The strengths of the education program were identified to be: need-based education, learner internal motivated approach, and well recognized and strategically designed national system by the MoH and MoE. On the other hand, not having well identified target population for the house-to-house education in the community, ignoring learners’ prior experience, the total dependence on oral way of delivering education which opened a way for Banking model and lack of flexibility in the teaching schedule which resulted in very weak the participation of women in the community were found to be the weaknesses in the program. This long life health education has given the government an opportunity to assure the participation of the community in achieving the national goal of health improvement. Based on the findings of this research, straight recommendation goes to health education related field qualified professionals as we whoever internal motivated to run this program in voluntary base all over Ethiopia to work on the promotion of the profession which can potentially play crucial role in development activities in the country and move one step up to the utilization of the field exhaustively like few African countries in similar socio-economic situation.
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