Jalasi Sehi Jamia

 

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The “Jalasa Sehi Jamea” (JSJ) program is an innovative health community outreach education and participation meeting designed around the specific cultural and religious characteristics ofAfghanistan. It utilizes an outreach institutional network within the country to promote and deliver public health information, products and services in rural and underserved areas. The scope of work of the “JSJ” includes the provision of health information and guidance on Birth Spacing, Safe Water Systems and Diarrhea Prevention topics as well as providing quality affordable product solutions to both women and men of age 15-49 within a community.

A “JSJ” is a meeting of women and men (separately) who live in the community. At the JSJ meetings, the women and men are able to learn about birth spacing methods, safe water systems and diarrhea prevention products available to them within their communities. The meeting venues provide for a secure and non-threatening environment that in which participants can freely express their needs and misconceptions related to important public health products questions regarding recognition, access and proper use.

The “JSJ” is a structured meeting with clear objectives. Using language specific audiocassette tapes and recorders as well as visual pictorial informational placards as discussion guides, facilitators conducting these two hour sessions actively solicit questions and provide clear answers to sometimes sensitive health topics in an open participatory supportive environment. Bringing the target populations together as a group allows the women/men to gain strength from each other and gain an understanding that other women/men share their needs and worries. Grouping people together also enables the facilitator to access greater numbers of the target population, utilizing their training and contact time in the most effective way.

 

 

 

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