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Table 1 Benefits of MAL-ED project as perceived by community-based field workers

From: Perceptions of community-based field workers on the effect of a longitudinal biomedical research project on their sustainable livelihoods

  Empowerment Individual interviewees (field workers) Focus Group Community leaders
1. Knowledge about child growth and malnutrition We learnt about children’s health and what they should be fed on. (16)
2. Acquisition of knowledge various skills I can now communicate with different people and I now know that I have to wash my hands after every nappy change. (16)
3. Knowledge about conducting research and data collection I now know how to conduct research and how to collect data and fill in forms. (5)
4. Acquisition of inter-personal skills I learnt how to work well with people. (11) X
5. Received financial benefits I got money. I used it for my general upkeep. (14)
6. Acquired physical assets I bought a fridge, bed, microwave and a television set. (10) X
7. Got experience in working with children I know how to spend time with children.(6) X
8. Personal development The project improved my CV. (8) X
9. Social capital benefits The project helped me socialise with people. (4) X
10. Water and sanitation Knowledge that our drinking water is not clean. (3)
  1. Perceptions from both individual interviews and focus group were grouped together under the category empowerment. The number against each empowerment statement indicates the number of individual interviewees (field workers) who expressed that perception. A similar perception expressed by the focus group and community leaders to the perceptions expressed by the individual interviewees (field workers) is indicated by a bullet sign. An ‘X’ indicates that the community leader was not in a position to express the perception. It was observed that all the perceptions expressed in the individual interviews were also expressed in the focus group discussion