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Working paper; working with communities to increase the use of health services: an experience from Togo, West Africa
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    1993?
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Working paper; working with communities to increase the use of health services: an experience from Togo, West Africa
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), International Health Program Office.
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    A project in Togo, West Africa, demonstrated that motivated and skilled district health teams can increase community involvement in promoting positive health behavior. Village health committees, village volunteers, health workers, itinerant health agents, and school teachers collaborated with district health personnel in village-wide efforts to increase the use of health services targeted to children under 5 years of age. The project also demonstrated that in areas where health services are accessible, high levels of service utilization can be achieved by villages through a combination of strategies that rely on person-to-person and group methods of communication. Village-level educational programs, which included theater, storytelling, patient education at health facilities, and child-to-child activities in schools contributed to improvements in immunization coverage levels in children 12-23 months of age after less than one year following the educational intervention. The major factors responsible for the success of the project are summarized,and issues related to project replication and diffusion are discussed.

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