Women’s Health Initiative: Success in Numbers

IMG_4079As many of our followers will recall, BPM embarked on another major initiative in Kerasawara village during February 2016- namely, the Kerasawara Women’s Health Initiative.

The concept behind the Kerasawara Women’s Health Initiative was pretty simple: a ‘train the trainer’ model aimed at raising the traditionally poor level of women’s health and education in Nepal.

Anecdotally, the programme was a massive success, with the women not only blitzing their end-of-course ‘exams’, but now operating independently throughout Kerasawara and surrounding communities. Of course, their training has only just begun and the group’s initial course will be supplemented by monthly training sessions with BPM volunteers over the next 18 months.

 

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Response figures correlate to questionnaire listed below.

But we wanted more than anecdotes- we wanted some concrete evidence that the ladies who gave up their time for this project were gaining tangible skills, confidence and knowledge.

 

So we created a short questionnaire for the group, which we asked them to complete before the course began and then directly after. (You can read the questions we posed to the group below, if you’re interested).

The questionnaire covered everything from perceived personal skill levels, to confidence and general knowledge about Female Health. It’s safe to say that we were very encouraged by their responses!

 

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Response figures correlate to questionnaire listed below.

There were marked increases in all areas of questioning, with particularly pleasing results in the areas of perceived personal knowledge. In this area, the average response from the group rose from admitting they have only ‘basic’ knowledge (pre-course), to feeling that their knowledge of Women’s Health was ‘excellent’ (post-course).

 

We also found that even those amongst the group who were dubious about the ongoing success of the Women’s Health Initiative (and it’s ability to positively influence the community), were wholly won-over in the end – swinging from a ‘maybe’ response to “definitely…it will change our lives!”.

Overall, we’re very pleased to know that our initiatives are being well-received and making a difference to community.

If you’d like to become involved with the Women’s Health Initiative, it’s time to get involved!

Volunteer with BPM by clicking HERE.

KERASAWARA WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE PRE/POST COURSE QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. How would you rate your knowledge of women’s health
  • 1 (no knowledge at all)
  • 2 (basic knowledge)
  • 3 (average knowledge)
  • 4 (excellent knowledge)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level knowledge)
  1. How confident are you at recognising general health problems?
  • 1 (not confident at all, I know nothing about general health problems)
  • 2 (some confidence, but I only know when I am sick)
  • 3 (some confidence, sometimes I can help others)
  • 4 (good level of confidence)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level confidence)
  1. How confident are you at recognising female health problems?
  • 1 (not confident at all, I know nothing about female health problems)
  • 2 (some confidence, but I only know when I am sick)
  • 3 (some confidence, sometimes I can help others)
  • 4 (good level of confidence)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level confidence)
  1. When my child is sick…
  • 1 (I never know what the problem is, I feel helpless)
  • 2 (I sometimes know what the problem is, but I don’t know what to do)
  • 3 (I sometimes know what the problem is, and I sometimes know what to do)
  • 4 (I usually know what the problem is and I know what to do)
  • 5 (I am an expert at knowing when my child is sick, I always know what to do)
  1. I would describe my understanding of female health (eg: menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, etc.) as…
  • 1 (terrible, I know nothing)
  • 2 (bad, but I know a few things)
  • 3 (OK, I know more than most)
  • 4 (excellent, I know a lot about female health)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level knowledge)
  1. If a friend or family member went into labour, I would…
  • 1 (have no idea what to do, I would panic and run away)
  • 2 (have some idea what to do, but I would still panic)
  • 3 (know what to do, but I would seek help immediately)
  • 4 (know what to do, I could help myself)
  • 5 (I would know exactly what to do, I wouldn’t need any help)
  1. I would rate my awareness of contraceptive options as…
  • 1 (terrible, what’s contraception?!?)
  • 2 (bad, but I know a few of the options)
  • 3 (average, I know most of the options)
  • 4 (excellent, I know a lot about contraception)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level awareness)
  1. How comfortable are you explaining female health issues to other women?
  • 1 (not comfortable at all)
  • 2 (sometimes comfortable, however I wouldn’t usually talk about these issues)
  • 3 (sometimes comfortable, I would usually talk about these issues)
  • 4 (very comfortable)
  • 5 (expert/professional-level comfort)
  1. I feel I have the knowledge and skills to help teach others about female health issues…
  • 1 (no- I don’t have any skills or knowledge)
  • 2 (I have some knowledge, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable teaching others)
  • 3 (I have some knowledge, I would feel comfortable teaching others)
  • 4 (yes- I would feel very comfortable teaching others)
  • 5 (definitely- I have expert/professional-level knowledge)
  1. Will the Kerasawara Women’s Health Initiative be used effectively by the community…?
  • 1 (no, I don’t think so)
  • 2 (maybe, but it will take lots of work)
  • 3 (yes, most people are excited about it)
  • 4 (yes- everyone is interested, even other villages)
  • 5 (definitely!!!…it will change our lives!)

 

 

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