Good Practice Guide: Community Mobilisation through Women’s Groups to Improve the Health of Mothers and Babies
This 'good practice' guide, based on the experience of a project in India and Bangladesh called Saving Mothers and Children, describes an approach that has the potential to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, and to address other health problems. The project worked through women's groups, using a participatory learning and action style, to mobilize community action to improve the health of mothers and babies.
The project was implemented by an NGO, Ekjut, in India and the Perinatal Care Project of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) in Bangladesh, together with the University College London Centre for International Health and Development and Women and Children First, an international NGO based in the UK.
In India, Ekjut worked in tribal communities in West Singhbhum and Saraikela Kharswan districts of Jharkhand State and the Keonjhar district of Orissa State. In Bangladesh, BADA worked in three rural districts, Bogra, Faridpur and Moulavibazar.
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