PLA 37: Sexual and Reproductive Health

The theme section of this issue of Participatory Learning and Action focuses on the use of participatory approaches in sexual and reproductive health.

Article, 01 February 2000
Participatory Learning and Action
A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

February 2000

Guest Editors: Andrea Cornwall and Alice Welbourn

The theme section of this edition of PLA Notes builds on previous editions on the subjects of Health (RRA Notes 16, 1992) and HIV/AIDS (PLA Notes 23, 1995). These areas of work have traditionally tended to provide information and services, rather than seek to engage people more actively in processes of change.

This edition brings together accounts of exciting initiatives from around the world which hold the potential to transform this areas of work. These initiatives range from innovative uses of participatory methods to enhance communication and understanding, to strategies to amplify the voices of people who would otherwise remain unheard in policy and institutional processes. The articles in this issue offer lessons from experience and food for thought.

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Searching for participatory approaches: findings of the Yunnan PRA Network
Lu Xing

'Trading places, trading ideas': review of the second 'Dare-to-Share Fair' on participatory development
Mark P. Lammerink, Bram Posthumus and Willem van Weperen

The use of participatory approaches with sexual and reproductive health

From reproduction to rights: Participatory approaches to sexual and reproductive health
Andrea Cornwall and Alice Welbourn

Ain't misbehavin': beyond individual behaviour change
Jerker Edström with Arturo Cristobal, Chulani de Soyza and Tilly Sellers

Seminar on HIV and girls and young women, November 1999, London
Working Group on Children and HIV; UK NGO AIDS Consortium 

Helping NGO staff (and then community groups) analyse reproductive health & gender issues
World Neighbors programme partners in Nepal 

Collaborative planning to improve women's health
Carla Rull Boussen

Participatory and learning action as a tool to explore adolescent sexual and reproductive health
Mary Simasiku, Gladys Nkama and Michelle Munro

Lessons from 'Auntie Stella': using PRA to promote reproductive health education in Zimbabwe's secondary schools
Barbara Kaim and Ratidzai Ndlovu

More talk, less sex: AIDS prevention through schools
Noerine Kaleeba, Joyce Kadowe, Daniel Kalinaki and Glen Williams

Experiences of using a participatory approach in Cambodia: Exposing the needs of sex and good women
Julie Forder

Participatory learning and action requires good facilitators - who aren't always around
Andrew Hobbs and Mary Simasiku

Moving beyond the 'KAP GAP'. A community-based reproductive health programme in Eastern Province, Zambia
Gill Gordon and Florence Phiri

Gambian experiences with Stepping Stones: 1996-99
Matthew Shaw and Michelle Jawo

A new approach to evaluating a peer education programme for sex workers
Kate Butcher, Sumi Baral, Krishna Bista and Rajendra Adhikary

Introducing participatory methods to HIV prevention workers in the south west United States
Kim Batchelor

Mapping the effects of vasectomy
Ann Sturley

Evaluating sexual health services in the UK: adapting participatory appraisal tools with young people and service providers
Martin Westerby and Tilly Sellers

'Safely through the night': a review of behaviour change in the context of HIV/AIDS
Ann Smith and John Howson

Learning to relearn givens
Jill Lewis

Putting breast cancer on the map
Helen Lynn, Diana Ward, Cathy Nugent, Laura Potts, Liz Skan and Nicola Conway

Feedback:  Preference ranking: a cautionary tale from Papua New Guinea
William J Fielding, Janet Riley and Robert Chambers

Tips for Trainers: Analysing personal dilemmas
Randini Wanduragala