Health Promotion Successfully Completed Social and Behavioral Workshop

Health Promotion Successfully Completed Social and Behavioral Workshop

UNICEF Behavior Change Specialist Zohra Nisar speaks at the workshop

MHMS Health Promotion Department Director, Mr. Adrian Leamana shares his remarks

Dr. Zelalem Taffesee, Head of the UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office, delivers his remarks.

A four-day social and behavior change workshop that aimed to build programming capacity in planning health promotion activities to trigger and sustain social and behavior change is successfully completed.

Improved participant’s ability to apply, in the context of the Solomon Islands, health promotion strategies based on behavioral analysis, including the ability to apply the analysis to set goals, plan specific activities and determine appropriate modes of communication to bring about lasting change and development.

The workshop also allowed participants to identify health promotion functions at different levels and learn from open discussions and questions about how each province has managed public/community responses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Department of Health Promotion with support from UNICEF, the workshop brought together health promoters from across the country.

Director of Health Promotion MHMS, Mr. Adrian Leamana welcoming the participants emphasized the importance of health promotion. “Simply put, if a community still has a water supply, the community does not know how to wash their hands properly and the critical times to wash their hands, such as before eating and after using the toilet, then the outcome of desirable health would not be achieved. People will always suffer from diarrhea and other health problems. So providing this important health knowledge to the people and ensuring that it is practiced continuously is just as important as installation of water systems,” explained Mr. Leamana.

He explained that the health scenario is in a very difficult position at this time when the world is facing a “triple disease burden” NCDs, communicable and new or re-emerging diseases, such as COVID-19, monkeypox, etc. “Therefore, our strategies must also improvise to accommodate these new developments and lessons learned from past experiences should be our springboard to improve our work,” Mr. Leamana said.

Mr. Leamana said the goal of health promotion is to do our best to ensure that health promotion messages and activities are linked to the population and disseminated to the vast majority as much as possible. population in rural and remote areas of the country.

He thanked UNICEF for the financial and technical support that enabled the implementation of the workshop and said that the gains from the workshop will go a long way towards ensuring effective and efficient delivery of health promotion work to across the country.

UNICEF Solomon Islands Social Behavior Specialist Ms Zohra Nisar Hunzai said working in and with communities for social and behavior change is very challenging, but commendable. The role of health promotion is crucial in bringing about this change and contributing to the SDGs for the sustainable development and growth of a country.

She encouraged participants to learn from each other and appreciate the work they are doing to develop the Solomon Islands.

Dr. Zelalem Taffesse, Head of the UNICEF Field Office, thanked all workshop participants for their commitment and dedication to their work while emphasizing that UNICEF invests in the health promotion program by because of the important role it plays in influencing and changing people’s behaviors and attitudes. .

“Your most important role is to change the mentality of the communities and also of the health workers“. We really hope that at the end of the engagement, you leave with a sense of purpose,” said Dr. Zelalem.

In response, participants expressed their sincere appreciation for the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop.

-MHMS Press

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