Ideas and Action: Addressing the Social Factors that Influence Sexual and Reproductive Health

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CARE International

This manual describes the experience of CARE staff and partners in using an approach called Social Analysis and Action (SAA) to identify and address the social, economic, and cultural factors that influence reproductive health. SAA is an approach for working with communities through regularly recurring dialogue to address how their social conditions perpetuate their health challenges. In this way, SAA seeks to enable communities to identify linkages between social factors and health and then determine how to address them. As a first step in this process, SAA encourages CARE staff to deeply question their own biases and behaviours that might contribute to or reduce social stigma, discrimination, and social conditions. In this way, SAA suggests that for developmental change to take place, change must sometimes begin with the development worker.

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