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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 3 Participatory concept mapping to understand perceptions of urban malnutrition

Dan Maxwell

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 3 Participatory concept mapping to understand perceptions of urban malnutrition Dan Maxwell, Margaret Armar-Klemesu, Lucy Brakohiapa and James Annorbah-Sarpeil Introduction a random sample household survey to investigate the complex determinants of nutrition: food, health and care (see Figure 1). Malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa has long been viewed as a rural phenomenon. But with rapidly growing cities, and particularly rapidly There are large gaps in the knowledge base growing urban poverty, concern has been about malnutrition in the study areas selected. expressed about the prevalence of malnutrition Thus, the first step of the research was to use a in cities as well. In Accra, Ghana, urban PRA-based methodology to rapidly gain community level information on the problems poverty has increased rapidly since the mid of food insecurity and related factors. The aim 1980s, prompting a study into the extent and was to gain an understanding of people's own causes of food insecurity and malnutrition in the city. The study deliberately relies on perceptions of malnutrition and its causes. multiple methods, and incorporates PRA with Figure 1. Conceptual framework for malnutrition (Study Proposal, based on UNICEF 1990). Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Context of Urbanisation e.g. ...

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