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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-9

Community participation in the field of health and nutrition.

CARE, West Bengal, Calcutta

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S Dutta
CARE, West Bengal, Calcutta

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This article presents the concept of community participation as a strategy for achieving development. Community assessment, awareness, involvement, participation, and empowerment need to be to ensured before community participation can become a self-dynamic process. From the Integrated Nutrition Health Programme (INHP) in India came the following features that highlighted the community participation process, including: (a) women group formation and/or strengthening, (b) a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) exercise, (c) sub-center level team formation, (d) mother meetings, and (e) service providers with women's groups (WGs). The strategies of the INHP integrate several developmental sectors so as to bring about lasting positive health and nutrition related behavioral changes among the targeted beneficiaries. The Convergent Community Action (CCA) approach, introduced by the Panchayat government, is an updated social action strategy enhancing the capability of the family and the community to meet the needs of children and women.

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