Health and Livelihoods in Rural Angola
An account of an Oxfam project with a dual aim: to find out more about how rural communities use health services and to involve communities in the research. The author evaluates the limitations as well as the advantages of participatory research methods.
|Map of Ganda Municipality|
|Part one: Methodology|
|Study design and organisation|
|Study area, sample, and sources|
|Methods and tools|
|Analysis and interpretation|
|External and internal factors influencing the methodology|
|Influences on findings|
|Part Two: Findings and dicussion|
|History of Ganda|
|Why do people make the choices they do?|
|Part Three: conclusions and recommendations|
|Health-related behaviour and the use of health services within the sociocultural context of Ganda|
|Preventive health priorities of the communities and their most vulnerable members|
|The development of appropriate methodological tools and health-status indicators|
|Recommendations to Oxfam concerning programme direction and initiatives in Benguela Province|
|General recommendations for working in communities|
|Participatory methods and tools used|
|Example of a drawing used as a dicussion starter by research assistants|
|Causes of malnutrition-interview guide and diagram|
|Map of Ganda district|
|Health service providers in Ganda|
|Research-project schedule based on intermediate objectives|
Laura Habgood is a medical doctor with several years experience of working in community-based health care in Southern Africa, including two years working for Oxfam GB in Angola.
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