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Strategies for community participation in developing countries

B.R. Chitambo, J.E. Smith, V.J. Ehlers
Curationis | Vol 25, No 3 | a790 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i3.790 | © 2002 B.R. Chitambo, J.E. Smith, V.J. Ehlers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2002 | Published: 27 September 2002

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B.R. Chitambo, Unisa, South Africa
J.E. Smith, Unisa, South Africa
V.J. Ehlers, Unisa, South Africa

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Abstract

Community participation has been hailed as the panacea for most community programmes. Community participation at high levels empowers communities, increases selfreliance, self-awareness and confidence in self-examination of problems and seeking solutions for them. Behavioural changes are promoted and utilisation and support of services is facilitated, which are of great importance to all community health efforts, especially in areas where the incidence of HIV/AIDS is high or increasing. The purpose of this article is to explore community participation strategies adopted in different countries for providing community health care services. Recommendations are provided for enhancing community participation in developing countries.

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