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Report of the Fifth Commonwealth Medical Conference

Wellington, New Zealand, 15–25 November 1977, Volume Two

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Community Participation

The involvement of individual members of the community and of its special social and service groups is essential for the success of all national health programmes. Developed or developing, there is hardly a country in the world today where this is not now a major health goal. The level of attainment, however, has been variable and much remains to be done in most countries. Approaches differ both within and between countries and it is essential for each to seek its own solutions. In all of them many private and public services and functions need to be co-ordinated and new approaches to community education and motivation need to be worked out. A wide range of fresh problems have to be dealt with, requiring untraditional concepts and techniques.

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