Health Promotion

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Stakeholders reviewing the draft health promotion strategy for South Sudan
WHO supports South Sudan to strengthen health promotion strategic actions
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The President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob addressing the community of Havana informal settlement while the WHO Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses looks on
Namibian Head of State Visits the informal settlements affected by the Hepatitis E outbreak
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Listeriosis Outbreak Media Briefing by South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa
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WHO Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses having a conversation with Ministry of Health and Social Services Interim Permanent Secretary, Dr Dave Uirab
Community engagement to find solutions to the ongoing Hepatitis E Virus outbreak in Windhoek informal settlements
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Health promotion


    Health promotion is the process of enabling people to improve their health through improving control of modifiable risk factors. Health promotion goes far beyond health care. It increases health awareness for the public and policymakers in all sectors and directs them to be aware of potential health consequences of personal choices.

    Health promotion enables people to reach a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.

    Everyday living requires home and work environments to be safe, stimulating, satisfying and enjoyable. This concept needs to be assisted in school, home, work and community settings. Action is required through educational, professional, commercial and voluntary bodies, and within the institutions themselves.

    Inequalities in health are rooted in inequities in society. Millions of people in the African Region are living in extreme poverty and deprivation in an increasingly degraded environment in both urban and rural areas.

    Health is both a fundamental human right and a sound social investment. Closing the health gap between socially and educationally disadvantaged people and more advantaged people requires policies that will improve access to health-enhancing goods and services, and create supportive environments.