Health Education was assumed to be one effective method of improving maternal and infant health on the Island of Taiwan.
To establish the need for new health education pamphlets to be used as a supplement to the health education program in the area of maternal and infant care in Taiwan, a survey of pamphlets already available on the Island was made.
This study revealed that while an occasional chapter in several books lightly touched upon maternal and infant health only nine pamphlets were specifically prepared in the area of maternal and infant care.
After studying the principles underlying good health education pamphlets criteria were set up. Then the available pamphlets were measured against the criteria.
It was found that of the nine pamphlets available not one could meet the criteria. Therefore it was necessary to prepare a pamphlet for use in Taiwan.
Group discussions in Taiwan indicated that while several pamphlets were needed, one on the topic of “prenatal care” was most urgent. A pamphlet on this topic was prepared.
A study of available pamphlets in this area which had been prepared for use in India and the United States was also made. Pamphlets in these countries were unsuitable for translation because they were prepared for a different way of life. Facilities were different The technical information was sound but this too needed to be adapted for use in Taiwan.
In the preparation of the pamphlet for Taiwan hygiene was particularly stressed because a study of vital statistics had revealed that gastro-intestinal disease was the number one killer on the Island.
The problem of the lack of suitable health education pamphlets for use in Taiwan was partially solved by the preparation of the pamphlet “Prenatal Care’* which will serve as a nucleus for a series of pamphlets to be prepared after this one has been translated into Chinese and used on the Island.
Further studies were recommended and data will be collected in Taiwan after this pamphlet has been in use for It several months. It is hoped that this data will be a guide in the preparation of further pamphlets.
The pamphlet “Prenatal Care" was measured against the criteria and will be of great assistance to the staff and students of the Taiwan Sanitarium in their work of health education for the mothers of Taiwan.
Anne P. Martin
Ruth M. White
Master of Science (MS)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Health Education -- Taiwan; Maternal Health Services -- Taiwan; Infant Care -- Taiwan
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Howe, Muriel, "Preparation of Health Education Materials in the Field of Maternal and Infant Care for Use in Taiwan" (1958). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 642.
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