Community Health Development

A Charter For Community Development In Health

The projects within the CHD theme are related by virtue of the functions performed.

These functions are:

  • Community outreach
  • making contact with strangers and creating the opportunity for local people to meet strangers;
  • making contact with existing networks that are informal and formal
  • Giving information within appropriate social context, in a form that people can hear and take in
  • hearing local people’s experience and building on that to give accurate information
  • Building confidence of local people and capacity to engage in the public arena
  • working towards greater self determination of local people
  • Identifying, nurturing and supporting community leaders
  • spotting potential leaders and drawing them into active participation
  • Influencing policy and practice
  • ensuring that engagement is purposeful and works towards improving responsiveness of public services
  • creating platforms where local people can directly dialogue with decision makers, clinicians, managers