How successful are women's groups in health promotion and disease prevention? A synthesis of the literature and recommendations for developing countries.

Document Type



Family Medicine


There is a general scarcitly of resources for delivery of services to the population in all social welfare and development sectors, with the health sector being no exception. In developing countries, lack of trained manpower, illiteracy and compliance issues make health care interventions even more complex. Various community-based projects have used women as a specific group for delivery of health care interventions. The objective of this paper was to review published studies that evaluated women's groups for the promotion of health and prevention of disease. A total of 8 studies were reviewed. Women's groups have proved to be a convenient and workable option for delivering health care interventions in several developing countries.


Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal = La Revue De Sante De La Mediterranee Orientale = Al-Majallah Al-ṣiḥḥiyah Li-Sharq Al-Mutawassiṭ