Empowerment at village level through a workshop method

An examination in presented of a pilot project to strengthen Primary Health Care (PHC) in Sheikhupura District, which was initiated by the Department of Health, Punjab, Pakistan. The project seeks to create a viable PHC model, providing accessible and sustainable services. Community Development Workshops for Village Health Committees (VHCs) to promote local participation are being held, and several experiences have been gained, from conceptual shifts to implementation issues. Issues discussed are: sowing the seeds through dialogue; organization of the workshop; duration and timing; introductions; discussions on health; the health system; the role of community; individuals and groups; community organization; an examination of what is development; threats to the village; the road to development; and empowering people. Abstract supplied by kind permission of CABI.