Health Literacy: A Tool for Achieving the Health—Related Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria
Regina B. Dunner, PhD
Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies
Faculty of Education
University of Benin. Benin City
Better health and effective literacy are intricately linked With increasing responsibilities placed on Nigerians to understand health care, literacy becomes a necessary skill to address health issues. In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly at the Millennium Summit held in New York, USA, adopted the Millennium Declaration. The declaration was then translated into a road map setting out goals to be reached by 2015. The Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) are the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon. These eight time—bound goals provide concrete, numerical bench marks focused on efforts to reduce poverty and hunger;tackle ill-health, gender inequity and lack of education among others. Health and education are squarely at the centre of the MDGs. Thus, the objective of this article is to discuss the link between, literacy and health literacy. It equally examines the role of health literacy in achieving the health-related MDGs (AlDG 4 to 6).Specifically, the article examines the scope, goals and strategies for promoting health literacy.