Community Health Education (CHE)


Preventable disease and sickness, especially diarrhea, is prevalent in rural Asia where villagers lack a basic understanding of health. Villagers inadvertently encourage disease through their poor sanitation and hygiene practices. CHE is a program CWEF uses to battle the lack of basic health information in these rural areas.

A study by the Chinese National Working Committee on Children and Women found that children in rural areas are seventeen times more likely to die from diarrhea than children in urban areas[1].  Additional research states that in China diarrhea causes 12% of deaths in children under the age of five [2].  Villagers in these regions live with rampant diarrhea because they are not educated on basic sanitation practices to prevent it.

Health training works to correct these problems by teaching villagers measures they can take to prevent diarrhea and other diseases.  Education on hand washing, food preparation, clean drinking water preparation, rehydration solution preparations and personal hygiene greatly reduces the prevalence of preventable illness and disease. It also increases villagers’ understanding of proper health practices. The CHE program also includes health education on AIDS/HIV, effects of alcoholism and long-term smoking, influenza, management of household waste and maintenance of a healthy community environment, immunizations, nutrition and checking eyesight.
[1]   National Working Committee on Children & Women.

[2]   “China Mortality Country Fact Sheet.”  The World Health Organization mort/profiles/mort_wpro_chn_china.pdf