Equip & Empower Patients

  • Patient education programs
  • Patient workshops
  • Websites
  • Patient advisory boards
  • Facilitate sustainable collaboration

Equip & Empower Patients

Health Literacy has been defined as the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health. Health Literacy means more than being able to read pamphlets and successfully make appointments. By improving people‘s access to health information and their capacity to use it effectively, health literacy is critical to empowerment.

Communication plays a vital role in ensuring community empowerment. Participatory approaches in communication that encourage discussion and debate result in increased knowledge and awareness, and a higher level of critical thinking. Critical thinking enables communities to understand the interplay of forces operating on their lives, and helps them take their own decisions.
(World Health Organization, 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion 2009)