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Step 6. Which problems are the most important?
Discuss the problems seen during the health
center visits and ask the women to decide
which ones they think are the most
important to change, or that they
would like to change first. Making
improvements to health care
services can take planning and
time. Your group may want to
study the list to see which things
you can change quickly, and
which may take longer to change.
Ask them to talk about why the
problems they have chosen are
important to work on, and what their hopes
and wishes are for the change they may bring if these problems are improved.
Step 7. An action plan for improvements
Once the group has chosen 1 or 2 problems that make it difficult for women with
disabilities to get good health care, they can work on a plan to solve these problems.
Ask the group to discuss different ways they can solve each problem, and ask them
to think about other people who can help them make these improvements. Work
out the steps that will be needed to make these improvements and decide who will
be responsible for which step. Then, take action!
Amina, your brother is a
carpenter. He built a good
wheelchair ramp at your
house. He could show the staff
at the hospital how easy it
would be to build ramps and
I will speak with the other
health workers at the health
center where I work. I will show
them how we can easily make
the exam tables and the beds
lower and safer.
My uncle is a taxi driver.
I will ask him to speak
with the other taxi drivers
about stopping to give us
Namita, you know sign
language. You could
teach it to some of the
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007