Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Modeling in Health Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Midwifery, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman, Iran


BACKGROUND: nongovernmental organizations (NGOs( are the hidden system of promoting public
health and the symbol and mediator of people’s participation. The aim of the present research was
to assess the status and recognize the performance of various NGOs in providing health‑oriented
services as opportunities in promoting community health.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study was a descriptive–analytical (cross‑sectional)
study, which was conducted on the position and function of all NGOs in Kerman from February 2014
to the end of January 2015. A researcher‑made checklist was used to collect the data, which was
designed based on the statutes of NGOs. The information was collected from a total of 150 NGOs.
To analyze the data, in addition to descriptive statistical tests (frequency, percentage, mean, and
standard deviation), other tests were also used (Chi‑square test and Fisher’s exact test). Moreover,
all data analysis was done using SPSS (ver. 16).
RESULTS: There was a significant relationship between the levels of prevention and field of activity
and the objectives and methods of implementation of these objectives (P < 0.001). There was a
significant relationship between health prevention levels in the target community of the NGO and
initial assets (P = 0.02), licensing organization (P < 0.001), management type in terms of the board
of trustees or membership availability (P < 0.001), relevance of members’ major with organizational
goals (P = 0.02), and activeness or inactiveness of the organization (P = 0.007).
CONCLUSION: The results showed that there was a relationship between NGO’s target population
in terms of levels of prevention and the studied factors. The relationship between the services of
these organizations and the levels of prevention is a very important and effective role in community
health promotion.


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