This issue of Quality/Calidad/Qualité focuses on two traditional family planning programs that undertook projects to help women enlarge their zone of influence in both the private and public spheres. The first case study focuses on the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), a nongovernmental organization in a small Caribbean country. The second case study recounts the experience of the Pakistani government, which has an enormous, but entrenched, target-oriented family planning program. Both programs began by recognizing that women’s lack of social power is a major obstacle to their being able to protect their own health. Both trained village workers to regard themselves in a different light, and to help other women enlarge their zone of influence both at home and within the provider system. And both included senior managers and policymakers in the training process, together with village workers.
Galdos, Susana, Lucella Campbell, Patricia Mohammed, Debbie Rogow, Saumya RamaRao, Ali M. Mir, and Nicole Haberland. 2004. "Linking reproductive health to social power: Community health workers in Belize and Pakistan," Quality/Calidad/Qualité no. 15. New York: Population Council.