Health literacy key to improving health outcomes in South East Asia

Health literacy key to improving health outcomes in South East Asia

by The Daily Eye Team February 19 2015, 2:02 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 53 secs

The South East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with Deakin University, has today (10 February) launched a set of health literacy tools and resources created to improve health and reduce inequalities for much of the world. The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India. Health literacy is at the heart of what enables people to understand and engage in health actions and care – from lifesaving treatment, to understanding that smoking is dangerous for one’s health and how to prevent disease. The Toolkit encourages key actions and strategies across governments, health services and with health consumers across the world. People living in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little education, can have very poor access to quality health information and services. The Toolkit seeks to guide improvements in health and reduce inequities by empowering policymakers, professionals and people to work together to improve access to, and the quality of, healthcare.

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