Implementing a Community-Based Participatory Project: Lessons Learned from the Hand Washing Education, Tippy Tap and Community Prioritization Project in Peru
As part of being culturally sensitive, separate focus groups were conducted with the women, the leaders, and the youth. Focus groups established motivations to handwashing with soap, barriers to hand washing and safe stool disposal, prioritized health problems in the community, and identified short term and long term solutions to those problems. A relationship with the community members was built by living with local families and helping them with daily chores. Meetings with the Chijnaya Foundation were conducted to ensure that everyone involved was going to have a positive learning outcome.
As a consequence of a participatory approach, the community members identified realistic solutions to their community’s main problems. In addition, six improved hand washing stations were built in the community. Thus, respecting the cultural practices of a community, building relationships, and involving the organization and community members in planning and implementing an intervention are key to obtaining good outcomes and to motivate the community to adopt healthier behaviors.
Learning Areas:Public health or related education
List one essential component of a rapid community-based participatory project
Keyword(s): Community Development, Underserved Populations
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