Health promotion is part of an integrated approach to health development. Health is affected by a broad range of determinants – physical, socio-economic, biological, lifestyle, cultural, and environmental – all of which must be addressed in order to improve the long-term health and development of communities. The MoH recognises the role of health promotion as a way to give people the tools to better understand and improve their own health. It comprises a social and political process, to strengthen the skills of individuals and change social, environmental and economic conditions so as to ameliorate public and individual outcomes.
Recent activities include:
- Supporting the Expanded Programme of Immunisation in creating awareness ofNational Immunisation Days.
- Developing a comprehensive evidence-based strategy for polio
- Holding the first workshop in South Sudan on the development of information,education and communication (IEC) materials for major diseases.
- Conducting training for disease outbreak and risk communication for front-linecadres, with resultant risk communication plan for three states (Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Western Bahr al-Ghazal).
- Building the capacity of front-line health workers in the implementation of healtheducation and promotion strategy.
Planned actions include:
- Conduct knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) survey on child health andmaternal health issues.
- Develop a health education and promotion strategy of implementation.
- Develop, print and disseminate IEC materials (posters, billboards, flipcharts, flyers,) to all ten states.
- Post health information billboards and posters in all towns.
- Develop guidelines for Village Health Committees (VHCs) and Home HealthPromoters (HHPs).
- Enhance outreach campaigns on all health issues through radio, TV and drama(e.g. for malaria, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, TB, etc.).