Participatory rural appraisal in a women's health education project in Bangladesh

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The Women's Development Project (WDP) of CARE-Bangladesh trains women in 441 villages as local health educators. A mapping activity was conducted in a village in Tangail with thirteen of these women. In three "para" (neighbourhood) groups, the women drew maps using sticks and flour, showing the households that they worked with and which new health practices (family planning, latrine etc) they had adopted. The maps (which are given in Figure 1) made the health workers aware of their achievements and helped them plan for the future. The article ends with a list of uses of participatory mapping in WDP's work as a whole.

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This clear and detailed description of a social mapping exercise used to train health workers, would interest trainers of trainers, trainers, health workers and field workers, particularly in NGOs.
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