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Exploring interrelationship between access to resources and maternal nutrition: an ethnographic study of a village in West Sumatra, Indonesia

This collaborative study between the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and Andalas University, Padang, Indonesia is funded by the British Council under the Researchers Links programme. It will build on the previous work by Liputo and Professor Hora Soltani, looking at maternal weight and pregnancy outcomes. By corroborating qualitative information, it is hoped we can provide a foundation for development of future research, behaviour-change strategies and programmes to enhance the health of mothers and families.

An ethnographic study design will be used to explore the perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and practices of maternal nutrition and links between women's access to resources and nutritional well-being in pregnant women.

Aims

  • to assess knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of women, men and midwives about maternal nutrition
  • to identify local maternal nutrition practices and how they impact on mothers and children
  • to map resources at household level and patterns of distribution

The research will be conducted in a village within West Sumatra. Using purposive sampling, 16 interviews and two focus groups (6-8 participants in each) will be conducted with mothers, fathers and healthcare professionals. All non-English data will be audio-recorded with informed consent, translated and transcribed into English language. This research visit will be conducted during September - October 2014.

Impact

This research visit will also explore further collaborative research and skills transferring opportunities with existing and new academic partners and identify strategies and ideas to strengthen partnerships and networking in research and other knowledge exchange activities between Sheffield Hallam University and Andalas University.

Project team

Professor Hora Soltani - Professor of Maternal and Infant Health PhD, MMedSci, BSc, RM, PG Dip in Health Education, PG Cert in Health Service Research
Sadique Bhanbhro - Research Fellow MPH, MScPH (Social & Health Protection) & MSc (Social Anthropology)

Clients

British Council

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