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New Good Practice Guide: Community Mobilisation through Women’s Groups to Improve the Health of Mothers and Babies

11 May 2011

Good Practice Guide

The Big Lottery Fund Strategic Award partners, CIHD, Women and Children First (UK), the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) and Ekjut (India) have produced a Good Practice Guide on the use of community mobilisation through women’s groups to improve the health of mothers and babies. This is part of our five year BLF funded project on improving maternal, newborn and child health in low-income countries.

The guide and accompanying resources can be accessed below.

Good Practice Guide: Community Mobilisation through Women’s Groups to Improve the Health of Mothers and Babies

This Good Practice Guide describes an approach that has the potential to reduce maternal and newborn deaths and successfully address maternal and newborn health problems. It is based on a project working through women’s groups in India and Bangladesh, using a participatory learning and action cycle to mobilise community action to improve the health of mothers and babies. 

Women's Group Facilitation Manuals
Women’s group facilitators are provided with a tailored manual to help them take the women’s groups through a participatory learning and action cycle.  An important aspect of this approach is supporting the women to evaluate the work they have done in their groups. The manuals are tailored for each project's specific context and aims, and are translated into local languages. 

Picture Cards and Flipcharts
These tools use pictures drawn by local artists who depict various local maternal, newborn and child health scenarios. The women’s group facilitators use these tools to help communities raise awareness of their health issues.  The picture cards and flipcharts are also used to illustrate appropriate healthcare practices, including when to seek professional care to ensure safe delivery and care for the newborn.

Have a look at example picture cards from Bangladesh and India and the Bangladesh flipchart.