Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Pakistan

Research on the Role of Community Spaces and Mechanisms in Health Promotion among the Poor Communities in Rural Pakistan

Given the distressingly high rates of maternal, neonatal, and infant mortality in rural Pakistan, there is a dire need to investigate the ways in which communities access information and make decisions regarding the health of women and children. The Rural Support Programmes Network conducted research to understand the role of community spaces and mechanisms in health promotion amongst the poor communities in rural Pakistan. This was an eight-month research project, supported by the Research and Advocacy Fund, which explored the dynamics of formal and informal community spaces in rural Pakistan, in the context of maternal and child health.