Community participation for transformative action on women's, children's and adolescents' health.


Marston, C; Hinton, R; Kean, S; Baral, S; Ahuja, A; Costello, A; Portela, A; (2016) Community participation for transformative action on women's, children's and adolescents' health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 94 (5). pp. 376-82. ISSN 0042-9686 DOI: 10.2471/BLT.15.168492

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The Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health (2016-2030) recognizes that people have a central role in improving their own health. We propose that community participation, particularly communities working together with health services (co-production in health care), will be central for achieving the objectives of the global strategy. Community participation specifically addresses the third of the key objectives: to transform societies so that women, children and adolescents can realize their rights to the highest attainable standards of health and well-being. In this paper, we examine what this implies in practice. We discuss three interdependent areas for action towards greater participation of the public in health: improving capabilities for individual and group participation; developing and sustaining people-centred health services; and social accountability. We outline challenges for implementation, and provide policy-makers, programme managers and practitioners with illustrative examples of the types of participatory approaches needed in each area to help achieve the health and development goals. Abstract available from the publisher. Abstract available from the publisher. Abstract available from the publisher. Abstract available from the publisher. Abstract available from the publisher.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
PubMed ID: 27152056
Web of Science ID: 376472800022
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2548679

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