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Lessons from malaria control activities in urban West Africa using a research-action-capacity building approach (PLA 40)
In the South, urban environmental and social management is often based on top-down approaches which use technologies and strategies not corresponding to the demands of the inhabitants and to their social, economic and ecological realities. This paper discusses how a community-based approach – Research Action
Capacity-building (RAC) – can be valuable for malaria control and more specifically for the dissemination of insecticide treated bednets. Taking a bednet project in N’Djaména, capital of Chad, as an example, the article investigates the potential and the limitations of this approach for mobilising and strengthening sustainable activities and capacity-building at community level.
This article was published in PLA 40: Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment (February 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.
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