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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 16 Participatory rural appraisal in a women's health education project in Bangladesh

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 16 Participatory rural appraisal in a women's health education project in Bangladesh Marcy Vigoda Background WDP works in each village for four years. By that time, the para committee members are The Women's Development Project (WDP) of well-known features of the community, and CARE-Bangladesh is a health education have a good deal of knowledge about basic project currently working in 441 Bangladeshi health, nutrition and hygiene. villages. WDP trains village women who have been nominated by their neighbours as local Why do mapping? health educators. Women are proposed on the basis of their good relations with community We were prompted to use mapping methods, members, leadership capabilities, enthusiasm, having attended a short workshop in Dhaka. It and availability of time. The volunteer seemed to us that there were a number of ways community health workers are called para in which the PRA methods could be useful in committee members, the word para meaning the WDP. Our initial idea had been to use `neighbourhood' in Bangla. mapping to enable para committee members to assess their achievements over a period of Once selected the women participate in time, and plan their work for the future, but ...

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