Visiting the Communities, Part 5: ASHA Monthly Meeting + Summary of Research – Blog Post #8

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Saturday, July 2nd

Continuing on with the description of my second week in the communities:

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Visiting the Communities, Part 4: Vikas Mitra Training Session, Anganwadi Visit, and Focus Group Discussion – Blog Post #7

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Saturday, July 2nd

Even though I wanted to stay for a few more weeks in Purnea to do field work, it all ends tomorrow. I feel like the research came off more as a school assignment than a partnership, which I don’t blame Pathfinder for because community-based participatory research is new territory for me and I could have communicated my project better. It was a struggle between trying to really invest as much time as I could in the communities and not interfering in Pathfinder’s work too much, given that there 1-year implementation project has several mini-deadlines and that they have really done a lot to make my trip successful. They were able to accommodate me for two-weeks in the field in Purnea, and I am really thankful for that. I will be returning to Patna tomorrow, where I still have a lot left to do. I’ll be able to go back to Pathfinder’s Bihar office, ask Arun Sir any remaining questions, and tie up any loose ends. But this is what I’ve been up to during my second week in the communities:

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Visiting the Communities, Part 3: ASHA Home Visits – Blog Posts #6

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Sunday, June 26thΒ 

Continuing on about my first week in Purnea and the communities:

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Visiting the Communities, Part 2: Vikas Mitra Group Meeting – Blog Post # 5

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Sunday, June 26th

In my last blog post, I described half of my first week in Purnea, where I got to observe the 3-day Life Education Sessions that Pathfinder holds for 15-19 yo adolescents. On Thursday, due to bad weather, I wasn’t able to visit the communities. Continuing on:

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Visiting the Communities, Part 1: 3-day Life Education Sessions – Blog Post #4

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June, Sunday 26th

This week has truly been the most amazing and inspiring experience. I never knew that at 20 years of age, I would get to do actual public health, community-based field work. There is so much I want to talk about, so I am going to split it up into three posts. This is what I’ve been up to:

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