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Challenges in Planning and Implementing Community‐Based Health Interventions: Training Female Community Health Volunteers with the Bedouin Communities in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon

Farah Barbir (Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 31 December 2010

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Abstract

Community‐based research requires the involvement of both the community and researchers to investigate the influence of existing political, social and structural factors on the health of individuals and communities. In the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, a community‐based intervention is proposed, as part of an EU INCO DEV‐funded project that aims to assess reproductive health care among Bedouin in Lebanon and Jordan. This intervention intends to train Bedouin community health volunteers (CHVs) to spread reproductive and child health knowledge and awareness among the Bedouin community and link them to the existing primary health care centres. The challenges facing this intervention relate to the existing political atmosphere and the difficult process of building and maintaining a partnership between the research team and the Bedouin. Evidence from the data‐collection phase and the current implementation phase of the Bedouin project has shown that the positive outcomes that result from community‐based interventions can be outweighed by the burden of obstacles and challenges that arise. These have to be carefully anticipated and tackled to guarantee a successful intervention. This paper will explore these obstacles and highlight some recommendations for implementing a community‐based intervention on the basis of our experience with the Bedouin.

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Barbir, F. (2010), "Challenges in Planning and Implementing Community‐Based Health Interventions: Training Female Community Health Volunteers with the Bedouin Communities in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 36-41. https://doi.org/10.5042/ijmhsc.2011.0063

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