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Code of ethics is a drafted set of guidelines laid down by management, to its employees or workers, to aid them in carrying on their actions in line with its ethical standards and primary values. The understanding of code of ethics for the health educators is devoting quality in boosting family, organizational, individual, as well as community health. It is, therefore, an essential document as far as keeping the ethics of work and practice of health educators is concerned. Reading the Code of Ethics for the Health Education, I though it contained everything I thought it would, but needed improvement. For instance, it needs to define more practices as being ethical or unethical, so as to draw a clearer line and avoid debates.
Does it include everything you thought it would?
It is the responsibility of health educators to spearhead health education campaigns in the day-to-day life as well as address the challenges that are encountered along the way. As such, they not only play a core role in declaring the diversified values in the community but also hold a cross-cultural approach in supporting the dignity, potential, credit, and most of all the uniqueness of all people in the society. The contents of the coded of Ethics was, therefore, not exaggerated in its strictness, as this is vital in the maintenance of a through approach to these important tasks by the Health educators. However, it does not exhaust the options for monitoring the ethical practice of Health Educators.
Do you think it should include any "Don't" statements?
The code of ethics provide the framework in which core values of health education with the professions are experimented hence restrained to the following ethical principles, namely doing exemplary work, promoting justice, and avoidance of harm. It is in line with this that the health educators are expected to deliver the most favorable standards of conduct as well as to promote ethical conduct among them. To ensure clarity of the requirements of ethical practice, it is vital that the code has statements that discourage certain practices, preferably “Don’t” statements that are precisely designed to deter the health educators from certain practices.
Is there anything in the code you feel should not be there?
The code is not fully exhaustive in the list of things that a health educator should not indulge in the course of his/her duties. There is, therefore, not a thing or clause that should be removed from the code. Instead, there is a need to defined more practices in terms of being ethical or non-ethical.
If you could add something else to the code, what would it be?
The health educators are, however, also humans and sometimes get carried away by their emotions, and act rather unethically. These unethical behaviors or practices violated the profession's code of ethics. The errors by the health educators should, however, not be allowed as an excuse for the violation of the code of ethics. To curb the disparity, a penalty should be introduced to the code of ethics, and any culprits should fairly suffer the penalty.
Do you think the profession should incorporate a means of enforcement in the code? Why?
The code of ethics sets work guidelines; thus, leaving no loopholes. However, there is always a chance that a professional health educator can get curious and perform unethical practices, to satisfy his/her interests. As such, the code of ethics should contain means of enforcement to ensure that the health educator follows it to word.