In health promotion, enabling means taking action in partnership with individuals or groups to empower them, through the mobilization of human and material resources, to promote and protect their health.

Reference: new definition

The emphasis in this definition on empowerment through partnership, and on the mobilization of resources draws attention to the important role of health workers and other health activists acting as a catalyst for health promotion action, for example by providing access to information on health, by facilitating skills development, and supporting access to the political processes which shape public policies affecting health.

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1