Health Literacy Toolkit launched in India by WHO and Deakin University
World Health Organization (WHO) comprises of South East Asia Regional Office under the collaboration with Australia’s Deakin University, and has launched a combined set of health literacy tools and resources created with an aim to fulfill the requirements of health sectors and reduce the discriminating inequalities on a global level.
The Health Literacy Toolkit is an initiative propelled at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India, and is constructed and leaded by Lead toolkit author Dr. Sarity Dodson, from Deakin University’s Population Health Strategic Research Centre. The main objective of this program is to make people understand and engaged in health actions and cares and prevents them from any further diseases.
The Health Literacy Toolkit has its own reasons and aims for initiating in India, owing to multiple encounters of literacy and health service reach. It encourages the fundamental actions and governmental strategies to rise and caters to the health fragments with health consumers across the world. Residents of Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little reserves, resources and finances, have almost illiteracy rates higher and health issues highest.
The Health Literacy Toolkit basically works miraculously in eradicating these issues, and seeks guidance and directive in bringing improvements in health sectors, resulting in reduction of inequalities by sanctioning policymakers, professionals and people to work in unison. One of the many issues covered under the Toolkit is high degrees of maternal demises in LMIC countries.
According to WHO surveys and data analysis, it is found out that although maternal deaths in India have been decreased to 1/3rd of the scenario 25 years ago, but there are still some disturbing figures of around 50,000 Indian women dying from maternal deaths each year. Several improvements in health scenarios, hospital administrations and doctor services might improve with the introduction of this initiative for constructing an empowered health atmosphere.