COMMUNITY MONITORING IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROJECTS: CASE STUDY OF A HEALTH SECTOR NGO IN PAKISTAN

Gul Muhammad Baloch, Mumtaz Ali

Abstract


Objectives: a) To examine how the community monitoring system works in a NGO. b) To examine how community responds to the mechanism of community system in reproductive health projects. 
Study Design: Mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) study. 
Place and Duration of Study: HANDS, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Pakistan is using such method to make communities an integral part of its projects. Reproductive health projects of HANDS were selected for the study. This study was conducted from 1st November to 31st December, 2013 in District Malir, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan where the NGO is running its projects. 
Methodology: Data was collected from 300 (n=300) out of 500 participants. The list of beneficiaries was given by HANDS. Selection of 300 participants was made through simple random sampling. In this way 60% of the population was covered in the study. Data was collected by using a survey questionnaire. In-depth interviews (IDIs) were also conducted. SPSS software was used for tabulation, graphical presentation and multi-linear regression. 
Results: The evidence is found that community monitoring is an effective approach that increases citizens’ participation. NGO is making efforts for the purpose but still there is need to enhance the role of community in conducting the monitoring activities. Community capacity building need was strongly felt. 
Conclusion: The research study adds value for extending clarity on the subject to adapt community monitoring as an effective way to involve community in NGOs’ projects. 

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21015/vtess.v7i1.233

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