Involving Women in a Reproductive Morbidity Study in Egypt, in Sondra Zeidenstein and Kirsten Moore (eds.) Learning About Sexuality: A Practical Beginning. New York: The Population Council and International Women's Health Coalition, Pp. 238-250, 1995.

The Giza Study, a study on reproductive morbidity, was conducted in 1989- 90 in the rural villages in the Giza governorate of Egypt. The main objectives of the Study were to determine the prevalence of gynecological and related morbidity conditions in the community through a medical evaluation, which included a physical examination and laboratory testing, as well as to test an interview- questionnaire in comparison with the results of a medical evaluation, as a potential instrument for community diagnosis and screening related to gynecological and related morbidly conditions. An important goal in the Giza Study was to achieve high participation rates in the gynecological exam. A major component of the research design required each woman to respond to a questionnaire interview and be ready to undertake a medical examination and laboratory testing. Therefore, we needed to establish a climate of rapport and mutual trust within the study community from the start. We wanted the women involved to feel that they had a meaningful stake in what was going on (Raeburn 1992). Therefore, field- workers sensitive to social traditions and community concerns, and familiar with obstetric and gynecological conditions, had to present the medical and interview tools of the research in a culturally appropriate manner.
Author(s): Hind Khattab , Huda Zurayk , Nabil Younis , Olfia Ibrahim Kamal  
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