Barriers to health promotion for indigenous communities

Lessons for Malaysia

Aniza Ismail, M. Norhayati

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Abstract

Globally, the health of the indigenous people is lagging behind as compared to the mainstream population in countries in which they live. Despite improved overall prosperity and population longevity, social and health inequalities seem to persist in this underprivileged community. Failure in delivering effective health promotion toward the indigenous community is determined bya range of factors. This includesthe absence of culturally sensitive awareness among the healthcare workers, ineffective communication of the healthcare providers, poor access to health service, lack of culturally specific health promotional materials, lack of involvement by indigenous healthcare workers, lack of community based programs and inefficiency of indigenous health data collection. Effective interventionsfor indigenous health require a trans-disciplinary and holistic approach that incorporates indigenous health beliefs and engages with the social and cultural drivers of health.Such culturally congruent health promotion strategiesare hoped to narrow down the existing wide gap of health outcomes that contribute to inequalities between indigenous communities andthe mainstream population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Culturally sensitive
  • Health promotion strategy
  • Indigenous community

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Barriers to health promotion for indigenous communities : Lessons for Malaysia. / Ismail, Aniza; Norhayati, M.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2016, p. 6-14.

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