Understanding the Intersectoral Collaboration of Rural Community Health Workers and Teachers: The Example of Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Vulindlela, South Africa

Understanding the Intersectoral Collaboration of Rural Community Health Workers and Teachers: The Example of Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Vulindlela, South Africa

Understanding the Intersectoral Collaboration of Rural Community Health Workers and Teachers: The Example of Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Vulindlela, South Africa

Understanding the Intersectoral Collaboration of Rural Community Health Workers and Teachers: The Example of Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Vulindlela, South Africas

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Karam, Jessie. 2012. «Understanding the Intersectoral Collaboration of Rural Community Health Workers and Teachers: The Example of Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Vulindlela, South Africa». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université de Montréal, Faculté de médecine.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study [wishes] to document intersectoral collaboration (ISC) between community health workers (CHWs) and teachers aimed at addressing violence against women and girls (VAW/G) in Vulindlela, a rural South African community [and explores the] current collaborative paths bringing CHWs and teachers together, the factors that influence their collaboration and potential avenues for future improvement of this collaborative». (p. iv)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«A total of six CHWs and five teachers took part in this participatory research which included the use of drawing as a visual methodology. Data collection was divided into four phases and included a total of eight group interviews. The analysis of group interviews utilized a directed approach to narrative data analysis, and a constant comparative approach was used in the analysis of the participants` drawings.» (p. iv)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«There are no well-defined collaborative systems that CHWs and teachers are able to make use of. Consequently teacher-CHW collaboration was found to be poorly developed, unplanned and informal.» (p. iv) Les résultats montrent «that CHWs perceived their influence as being limited to educating and advising members of the community. They noted a number of examples where despite their best efforts, the advice and information they provide to families do not translate into action, mostly when it concerns addressing sensitive issues such as the presence of VAW/G within a household. CHWs are typically not taken seriously when they suggest reporting abuse, fighting for ones’ own rights or pursuing legal action against a perpetrator of violence. Additionally, CHWs pointed out that even when they provide accurate information about people’s rights and the steps required to end violence in a household, most families do not trust this information. Thus, even though families are generally quite welcoming to them, CHWs noted that it can be very difficult for them to address VAW/G due to their lack of influence in the community.» (p. 102)