Comparing Care Groups With Participatory Women’s Groups

Care GroupsParticipatory Women’s Groups
Skilled external facilitatorsRequiredRequired
Importance of group interactionContributes to effectivenessCentral focus
Health message communicationCentral focusSecondary focus
Role of women’s group membersPeer health educators to neighboring householdsProblem solvers developing community solutions
Population coverage strategyBlanket coverage, through group members, of households with pregnant women and children under 5Initially no explicit strategy aiming at coverage, but—based on RCT results—for achieving impact, recommend reaching ≥30% of pregnant women