Taking Sides: The Choices Before The Health Worker

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Taking Sides: The Choices Before The Health Worker by C. Sathyamala, Nirmala Sundharam and Nalini Bhanot. Published by Asian Network for Innovative Training Trust (1986).

Cover of the abridged version of Taking Sides: The Choices Before The Health Worker

This book is focused on rural health care and its goal is to help middle level workers in health care to develop a broader social and community perspective regarding their work. Based on numerous short and long term training programmes with middle level workers all over India, it looks at the day-to-day experience of those workers, and attempts to place this experience within a perspective of the existing socio-political realities.

Section I and II answer 18 common questions that health workers raise as they try to understand their work. Eg. Why don't doctors work in rural areas? Why do people have faith in local healers? Why don't people implement simple health messages? And so on. Section III gives a comprehensive perspective on the key components of primary health care and Section IV provides a general framework to start work and prepare for the challenges of rural work.

Source: A review of book Taking Sides: The Choices Before The Health Worker by Dr. Roopa and N.Devadasan in Health Action










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