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    Consultation of regional coordinators of the features services on women and population, UNESCO, Paris, 31 March-3 April 1980.


    Paris, France, Unesco, 1980. 49 p.

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    Meeting the informational needs of illiterates.

    Zimmerman M

    In: Burns AB, ed. Population/family planning resources: plugging into the 1980s. New York, APLIC-I, 1980. 45-51.

    Focus is on 1 aspect of the PIACT program -- the need to meet the informational needs of illiterates. PIACT activities concentrate on modifying or adapting contraceptives and their accompanying informational and instructional materials to the cultural and physical characteristics of the people who use them. At this time support is provided to affiliated programs in 8 countries -- Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. PIACT's 1st project to develop an informational pamphlet for illiterate and semi-literate oral contraceptive (OC) users was initiated in Mexico in 1977. The pamphlet was 8 pages in a comic book format. It used both illustrations and some words. When tested on 240 women in various regions of Mexico, project staff found that those who could read understood the booklet, but those who could not read did not. Since producing the initial OC booklet, the Mexican program has produced a series of instructional pamphlets on the IUD, the postpartum IUD, female sterilization, and the injectable. Several general lessons have emerged from the process of developing materials for illiterates which can be transferred to other countries to facilitate the development of similar materials in different cultural settings. These include the following: 1) the project to develop technical materials for nonreaders should be directed by an individual who has rapport and experience in working with the target population; 2) the target population needs to play an important role in the development of the material; and 3) content must be limited to the most important messages.
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