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1 Health Promotion

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being.

3 Definition of Health Promotion: American Journal of Health Promotion
"Health promotion is the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health.  Optimal health is defined as a balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health.  Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of efforts to enhance awareness, change behavior and create environments that support good health practices.  Of the three, supportive environments will probably have the greatest impact in producing lasting change".  (American Journal of Health Promotion, 1989,3,3,5)

4 The first International Conference on Health Promotion, meeting in Ottawa
21st day of November 1986 Reunited government health representatives from nearly all the world's countries. The conference led to the development of the 'Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion'.

5 Built on the progress made through the Declaration on Primary Health Care at Alma-Ata, the World Health Organization's Targets for Health for All document Ottawa Charter signaled a recognition of the many aspects and influences concerning health and illness, not only as applied to industrialized but also, importantly, in the so-called 'developing countries' of the world

6 The Ottawa Charter Outlined the five key elements included in health promotion: Healthy Public Policy. Personal Skills Development. Community Participation. Healthy and Supportive Environments. Re-organization of Health Services.

7 Improvement in Health Requires the following basic prerequisites (Ottawa Charter)

8 Advocate Political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioral and biological factors can all favor health or be harmful to it. Health promotion action aims at making these conditions favourable through advocacy for health.

9 ENABLE Health promotion focuses on achieving equity in health.
Health promotion action aims at reducing differences in current health status and ensuring equal opportunities and resources to enable all people to achieve their fullest health potential. Includes a secure foundation in a supportive environment, access to information, life skills and opportunities for making healthy choices. People cannot achieve their fullest health potential unless they are able to take control of those things which determine their health. Must apply equally to women and men.

10 Health Promotion Action Means
Build Public Health Policy Create Supportive Environments Strengthen Community Actions Develop Personal Skills Re-orient Health Services Moving into the future


12 Public Health Policy Involvement in the development of National Eye Care Plans that defines approaches, targets and outcomes. Ensure that health promotion strategies are incorporated into all blindness prevention activities Ensure that government policy enables the enhancement of refractive error and low vision in particular and other causes of blindness in general but incorporating health promotion into the overall strategy Research into impact of health promotion efforts, cost recovery programs and sustainable programs in refractive errors and low vision Monitoring and Evaluation

13 Personal Skills Development
Incorporating Health Promotion training into community eye health and public health programs at a undergraduate level. Health Promotion workshops for optometrists to empower them to incorporate health promotion strategies into their programs.

14 Community Participation
Develop strategies to involve communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs Involvement of communities in eye care programs such as running of optical shops, assisting with screening etc

15 Benefits of community participation
The increased sense of responsibility and control over eye care programs. Empowerment of individuals through increased knowledge, awareness and the development of new skills through eg. lab technicians, administrators Their understanding of local conditions assists in preventing and solving problems. Appropriate and effective incorporation of traditional, indigenous experience in eye care service delivery.

16 Supportive Environments
Be part of efforts to create and environment that prevents eye diseases Support/Initiate efforts for the provision of running water to prevent trachoma and other infectious disease Support/Initiate efforts to reduce unnecessary exposure to Ultra Violet light

17 Re-Organization of Health Services
Ensure that optometric services are incorporated into existing public health services Contribute to the development of integrated eye care delivery systems that promote the effective use of limited resources and which incorporate the involvement of communities and the inclusion of efforts to promote good health

18 Conclusion Health Promotion Affords Optometrists an opportunity to break out of a narrow clinical approach to eye care and to recognize the team role in comprehensive eye care services, particularly the most important member of the team, the community

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