KEY INFORMANT METHOLODOGY

Key Informant Methodology (KIM) is a Community-based approach in which identification is carried out through participatory process. It is an approach to identify children with disabilities by identifying and training volunteers from the community. Key informants are the people who live and know their community well through their occupational/social roles (like teachers, members of union council, etc.). They are likely to know about the children with blindness or severe visual impairment or deafness, epilepsy, etc. These are likely to be reliable informants and most importantly willing to contribute their time.

Children identified with disability are provided on-site treatment and support services via health service providers from the concerned departments at the KIM medical camps. Later, in the second phase of the project, they are also referred to treatment and rehabilitation such as tertiary care hospitals and others centers.

Funded by CBM, the KIM study was tested and implemented in Sialkot district of Pakistan. Disabilities to be identified include hearing, visual, physical impairment and epilepsy. Previously, this methodology has been tested successfully in Bangladesh.  

The project was implemented successfully with overwhelming response from the community in February 2011.

 Objectives

  • Adapt KIM for a range of childhood disabilities (visual, hearing, physical & epilepsy) to be tested in Pakistan
  • Develop, pre-test and refine KIM for childhood disability four specific conditions & one generic tool)
  • Evaluate effectiveness of using key informants to identify these children in Pakistan
  • Estimate prevalence and causes of specific conditions
  • (Complete report on Kim is available in CHEF Publications section)