RRA Notes 16: Applications for Health
This issue of RRA Notes resulted from a workshop on PRA techniques in relation to health.
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The two-day workshop was held at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in November 1991, and hosted by Robert Chambers. The articles here contribute to a highly topical debate within the health field as well as beyond.
The four key issues discussed at the workshop and here presented are:
- reflection on the relative values of qualitative and quantitative data;
- the position of ‘the community’ as subjects or objects of health service delivery;
- the importance of the process of community-based health and information collection, as opposed to a more conventional pre-occupation with the product; and
- the importance of the development of health worker skills towards learning and facilitation, as opposed to imperious superiority.
Scrimshaw and Hurtado’s work on Rapid Assessment Procedures for Primary Health Care (PHC) is mentioned by several authors in this issue and reflects a shift in approaches to community-based health studies.
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Part 1: Overviews
Rapid appraisal for health: an overview
Part 2: Discussions with communities
Community-based information systems
Part 3: Illustrated Discussions
Training workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal for planning health projects
Sheelu Francis, John Devavaram and Arunothayam Erskin
Trends in health care
A little experience of a PRA exercise conducted at Mecluskigang
Mahadeo Sahu and Ranjan Tirkey
Extract from ‘Participatory Rural Appraisal for Nepal: concepts and methods. A guide to the slide presentation’
Lorna Campbell and Gerard J. Gill
Participatory methods for research on women's reproductive health
Elizabeth Tolley and Margaret E. Bentley
Body mapping in health RRA/PRA
Exploring the potential for primary environmental care: rapid appraisal in squatter communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)
P. de Colombani, G. Borrini, M.C. Meira de Melo and M. Irshaid
Tips for Trainers: Saboteur