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Community participation in health: How does it work? (PLA 41)

People in poor communities often have high rates of illness but poor access to health care. Therefore, when a clinic was threatened with closure in a socially deprived area of Liverpool, UK, a group of local people formed a lobby group to try and keep it open. Three of the group members describe the campaign in this paper.

This article was published in PLA 41, a compilation of articles of general interest to participation practitioners (June 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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