Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues Facing Southeast Asian Beer Promoters: A Qualitative Pilot Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

sexual and reproductive health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Asia - Cambodia; Asia - Laos; Asia - Thailand; Asia - Vietnam

Why was it conducted at all?

In Southeast Asia, hundreds of thousands of young rural women migrate from their villages to the larger cities in search of work. Many find employment with beer companies or in the clubs where beer is sold, promoting the sale of beer. Previous research suggests these young migrants are in a highly vulnerable position.

What was the objective?

to develop a research agenda on the sexual and reproductive health of beer promoters

What was the outcome?

a list of 3 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

October 2009

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group; workshop

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: literature review: examining current stake of knowledge. Step 2: workshop: participants were asked to define reproductive health issues faced by women who promote beer in Southeast Asia and to explore similarities and differences across different populations, participants were asked to develop appropriate research questions for future research which will aid the sexual and reproductive health needs assessment and the design of future interventions for this population, to discuss and develop research methodologies and designs to address these research questions. Step 3: focus groups: to review the research priorities developed at workshop, participants were asked to discuss the question: What do you feel are the issues that affect the sexual and reproductive health of beer promoters?, after discussion participants were informed about research priorities developed at workshop and asked to comment on them. Step 4: data processing: thematic analysis of focus groups

Which stakeholders took part?

Beer promoters, academics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government and the beer industry. Workshop: 40 participants. Focus groups: 71 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The participants for the focus groups were recruited by the NGO partners in Cambodia, the academic partners in Thailand and Vietnam, and by the staff of a major beer company in Laos. The sampling framework was a convenience sample, i.e. The project team drew on beer promotion women who were both interested and available to participate in the research. The two key selection criteria for informants were that: 1. they be at least age eighteen and thus be able to give consent, and 2. they have worked as a beer promoter for at least three months.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.