Using village theatre to increase knowledge about eclampsia in Bangladesh

K. A. Islam, S. A. Sacchu, R. Sandani, Colin H W Bullough, N. Siraj, P. Dimmock, R. B. Johanson

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    Objective: To assess the impact of a theatre based educational initiative on the knowledge and attitudes to eclampsia and its treatment in a rural Bangladeshi village.

    Methods: An established theatre company, Theatre Centre for Social Development, performed scenarios regarding eclamptic pregnant women to a diverse audience of village observers. Before the performance 15 men and 15 women were randomly selected from the audience and asked a series of questions regarding eclampsia. After the performance the series of questions were repeated to the sane people.

    Results: The plays were enthusiastically received by the villagers. The level of knowledge of the villagers interviewed increased significantly after seeing the two plays.

    Conclusion: The intervention successfully raised both the awareness of eclampsia and the level of knowledge of effective treatments for eclampsia. Village theatre has shown the potential to be a very effective tool in Bangladeshi rural society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-204
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • maternal mortality
    • eclampsia
    • community theatre education

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    Islam, K. A., Sacchu, S. A., Sandani, R., Bullough, C. H. W., Siraj, N., Dimmock, P., & Johanson, R. B. (2001). Using village theatre to increase knowledge about eclampsia in Bangladesh. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 27(4), 199-204.