Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
ACIOLI, Moab Duarte and CARVALHO, Eduardo Freese de. Discourses and practices concerning the social participation process in health education activities: community mobilization in the PCDEN/PE. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, suppl.2, pp. S59-S68. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000600005.
This study analyzes and compares several social participation concepts in health education processes to practical experiences with schistosomiasis prevention measures under the Northeast Endemic Disease Control Program (Brazilian Ministry of Health/World Bank, 1987). Using qualitative methods, institutional documents and discourses were interpreted (Sucam, FNS, and Ministry of Health). A field study was also performed (using interviews with community-based health agents and the general population) in the Zona da Mata region of Pernambuco (a historically endemic area for schistosomiasis), focused in the county of Amaraji. Comparing discourses and educational practices, we found factors that explain respective points of convergence and divergence, as well as elements linked to the social and historical process of the target population which systematically limit the efficacy of such educational measures.
Keywords : Health Education; Schistosomiasis; Consumer Participation; Community Participation.