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Health Volunteers in Rural Ethiopia


Summary

Kenneth Maes at Oregon State University and I conducted mixed-methods research on the newly created “Women’s Development Army,” an all-volunteer cadre of female workers tasked with convincing their neighbors to adopt “model” health behaviors like facility births. Our goal is to understand the impact of volunteering on the health and well-being of the volunteers themselves. In our qualitative work, we are tracing official discourses about the benefits of volunteerism, and comparing these discourses to what the volunteers are in fact experiencing. We also carried out a survey with both volunteers and non-volunteers that covers an array of measures of psychosocial well-being, from food and water security to social status to household decisionmaking power.

Dates

  • Start Date: 
    09/01/2012
  • End Date: 
    08/30/2016

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