Communication Needs of Barangay Health Workers Situated at the City Landfill of Davao, Philippines, in Delivering Health Care Services

  • Ivan Nulada Gallegos Davao del Norte State College, Panabo City, Philippines
  • Merle Dawn Comidoy Lyceum University of the Philippines, Davao City, Philippines
  • Mira Sol Cabal Mapua Malayan College Mindanao, Davao City, Philippines
  • Paul Martin Acol Holy Cross Davao College, Davao City, Philippines
  • Arnie Polistico University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City, Philippines
Keywords: communication needs, health care services, barangay health workers, strategic communication, Philippines

Abstract

Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) are the lead health advocates who provide essential health care services at the grassroots level. Hence, it requires them to have adequate skills and training. The study aimed at identifying the communication needs of barangay health workers (BHWs) situated at the dumpsite of Davao City, Philippines, gravitating towards designing a communication plan tailor-fitted to their needs. It employed a qualitative research design, particularly an in-depth interview of the health workers. Several communication problems were identified, including the lack of participation of BHWs in the barangay development plan, limited access to communication technology, lack of a continuous skills enhancement program, the lack of contextualised communication materials resulting in insufficient knowledge of proper personal hygiene, and the inactive participation of community members in health services. Based on these communication problems, the following activities and training were suggested: capacitating BHWs on writing proposals and plans; establishing a strategic communication manual; and basic communication and ICT skills training.

Published
2023-06-28
How to Cite
Gallegos, I., Comidoy, M., Cabal, M., Acol, P., & Polistico, A. (2023). Communication Needs of Barangay Health Workers Situated at the City Landfill of Davao, Philippines, in Delivering Health Care Services. The Journal of Development Communication, 34(1), 1-5. Retrieved from http://jdc.journals.unisel.edu.my/index.php/jdc/article/view/243