Slum dwellers' diagnosis of their own needs: implications for community development in Nigeria

The author reports on a visit to Lagos State, Nigeria, to research aspects of primary healthcare, and highlights how communities knew what they needed to improve their quality of life, and how they felt health education was not necessary. Their self-determination forced the researchers to adopt a participatory approach, and provide assistance in getting the locally identified schemes underway before attempting, collaboratively, to set up an education programme.