Table 3

Meetings in the Ekjut participatory learning and action cycle

AIM


PHASE 1

IDENTIFY AND PRIORITISE PROBLEMS

MEETING 1

Introduce the project and the women's group cycle

MEETING 2

Explore local practices and beliefs linked to pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood

MEETING 3

Identify maternal problems in the community

MEETING 4

Identify newborn health problems

MEETING 5

Prioritise the maternal and newborn problems the group wants to focus on

PHASE 2

PLAN STRATEGIES

MEETING 6

Discuss causes and solutions to local maternal and newborn health problems

MEETING 7

Identify strategies arising out of the solutions and understand opportunities and barriers before prioritizing them

MEETING 8

Discuss the process of sharing information on problems and strategies with the community

MEETING 9

Prepare a community meeting

COMMUNITY MEETING

PHASE 3

IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES

MEETING 10

Discuss the implementation of strategies

MEETING 11

Review the progress of strategy implementation

MEETING 12

Discuss how maternal problems can be prevented

MEETING 13

Discuss how newborn problems can be prevented

MEETING 14

Discuss what home care solutions for selected problems

MEETING 15

Discuss facility-based care for selected problems

MEETING 16

Identify which problems are emergencies, prepare the group for emergencies and discuss ways of addressing delays in care-seeking

MEETING 17

Identify emergency and non-emergency problems, appropriate responses and referrals

MEETING 18

Learn about the activities of other groups and prepare for a cluster-level community meeting

CLUSTER-LEVEL COMMUNITY MEETING

PHASE 4

ASSESS IMPACT

MEETING 19

Review the cluster community meeting, discuss the activities and achievements of the group and evaluate each phase of the cycle

MEETING 20

Discuss possible behavioural changes linked to the intervention that occurred in the wider community


Rath et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2010 10:25   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-10-25

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