We conduct surveys alongside our screenings to determine the health seeking behaviour and needs of the villagers we serve, in the hope that we can be of better help to them in the future. In 2014, Project Battamang adopted the Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) method in her surveys.
Recognised and reviewed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) for over 25 years and used in various developmental projects internationally, PLA is an approach for learning about and engaging with communities. Tailored for communities with low literacy rates and low-resource settings, PLA combines participatory and visual methods with natural interviewing techniques and facilitates a process of collective analysis and learning.
The Survey team also actively meets up with other Non-Profit Organisations in the hopes of improving water cleanliness and sanitation levels of the village (a need identified through PLA). We also hope to help the project build capacity through partnerships with like-minded projects and working with local groups.