|Health Education Program
For Developing Communities
(The Most Important Knowledge)
The WHO World Health Report emphasizes the following as one of the
most important problems in both developed and developing countries:
"Misdirected care. Resource allocation clusters around
curative services at great cost, neglecting the potential of
primary prevention and health promoting to prevent up to
70% of the disease burden."
Of all their healthcare needs, the greatest by far is for reliable health care
information. Although life-saving information is available from
the best evidence-based sources, it seldom reaches our patients or even
their healthcare providers. Many websites provide conflicting, biased and
---This program was created to provide the most important
evidence-based healthcare information to the people who need it most.
1. empowers physicians, patients, families, churches and the local
community to save lives and relieve suffering through health
promotion and prevention of their most common and serious health
2. addresses the most important health problems in "developed" as well
as "developing" countries
3. is based on the most critical global health care needs as specified
in the latest World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Reports.
4. emphasizes the top 10 leading risk factors globally that cause the most
deaths and suffering.
5. includes the world-wide epidemic of heart disease, stroke, diabetes
and other non-communicable diseases (A "Slow Motion Disaster").
6. describes WHO guidelines for prevention and care of these as well as
other common diseases through “reducing risk and promoting healthy
7. includes mental health and other recommendations for recovering from
disasters, physical or sexual assault, or other serious accidental
or war-inflicted injury.
8. enables a holistic approach to care of the whole person: body,
mind and spirit.
9. incorporates WHO guidelines such as “Integrated Management of
Childhood Illness” and provides additional lifesaving evidence-based
guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
other WHO collaborating partners.
10. includes the written Handbook as well as corresponding 60 full color
--The 8.5 x 11 inch PDF files are either viewed directly on mobile phone,
computer or projector, or printed in the 8.5 x 11 inch letter-size.
-- The 11 x 17 inch PDF files are used for laminated posters.
11. is free for downloading in 9 languages (with more coming).
12. enables the integration of primary care and community
health at the hospital, clinic/health center, and family/community
levels of care. This remains the key to community transformation and
the success of healthcare systems in both developed and
developing countries.--See How to Use the Program
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|Most patients we see in both developed and developing countries
are suffering from diseases that are preventable.
DISCLOSURE/CONFLICT OF INTEREST VALIDATION: The Health Education Program For
Developing Communities (HEPFDC) is a free public health service of the non-profit public benefit charity
Standards of Excellence in Healthcare Missions(SOEHM) C3211932 EIN 27-0362344.
--HEPFDC's purpose is to provide the most important evidence-based healthcare information to the people
who need it most.
--The content is obtained from the WHO and its collaborating partners such as the CDC.
--There is no advertising and no personal information is collected.
--The editor, HEPFDC, and SOEHM receive no royalties or compensation of any kind related to the Health
Education Program for Developing Communities or its website.
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