Three important features characterize
positive civil society actions for health at local level.
- Civil society organizations
rooted in communities, such as representative membership associations,
draw information and social attitudes from communities, rather
than imposing them on communities. Participatory problem-solving
methods further generate collective identification of problems
and a commitment to actions.
- Bottom-up civil society ways
of organizing allow communities to take greater control of and
responsibility for sustained health outcomes. They also allow
communities greater control over resource inputs.
- Civil society contributes
an existing base of networking and social organization. This
is necessary for more effective health service outreach and community
action, sometimes in areas where such organization is otherwise