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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 1 Helping health workers to plan with communities in Ethiopia and Zambia


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 1 Helping health workers to plan with communities in Ethiopia and Zambia Karabi Bhattacharyya and John Murray · Summary communities are increasingly asked to contribute resources (usually cash, land or This paper describes the use of a participatory labour) for health services. As a result, there is recognition, among some health planners, of approach to community assessment and the need to involve the local community in planning in Ethiopia and Zambia. The purpose making programmatic decisions - deciding of the assessment was for government health staff and community members to jointly what is to be done and how. identify and prioritise maternal and child While there is often the will to involve local health problems and develop a plan to solve communities in decision-making, health staff them. This assessment was conducted by a may lack the skills and tools needed, team of community volunteers and health staff. PRA and an integrated household survey particularly for local level health staff who were used to select a limited number of have with limited technical and financial resources. Health staff need assistance in a maternal and child health behaviours to guide number of areas including: how to ...

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