Photo of the Week: Gathering women for focus group discussion in a rural area of Nepal

Preeti Mahato,
Postgraduate Researcher,
Faculty of Health and Social SciencesPreeti Mahato, Postgraduate Researcher, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Gathering women for a focus group discussion in a rural area of Nepal

Our next instalment of the ‘Photo of the Week’ series features Preeti Mahato’s image of her gathering women for a focus discussion in rural Nepal. The series is a weekly instalment which features an image taken by our fantastic BU staff and students. The photos give a glimpse into some of the fascinating work our researchers have been doing across BU and the wider community.

Preeti’s research focuses on evaluating quality of care provided at birthing centres in rural areas.

Conducting a focus group in a rural community of a low income country like Nepal is not always easy, especially when it involves babies and small children. This photo shows BU’s postgraduate researcher Preeti interacting with women she gathered for a focus group discussion. The discussion involved women in the community who gave birth at the nearby birthing centre and others who gave birth either at home or other health institutions outside the village.  Many of the women brought their babies along with them. Preeti said that she found it hard to conduct the discussion as the babies would cry or start shouting. The women were also asked about the quality of service they received or have heard of is provided by their nearby birthing centre.

If you’d like find out more about the research or the photo itself then please contact Preeti.

This photo was originally an entry to the 2017 Research Photography Competition. If you have any other questions about the Photo of the Week series or the competition please email research@bournemouth.ac.uk