You can adapt existing materials, if necessary, to suit the culture, environment and specific needs of your own training group and their community. When adapting existing AV materials here are some points to keep in mind:
• Is the information important for the trainees to learn?
• Do the trainees already know the information?
• Will the trainees be able to understand and use the materials easily?
• Is there too much material for the trainees to understand?
• Can trainees read the material as it is or should it be translated or simplified?
• Will trainees be able to understand the drawings? Should the drawings be changed or the people in them made to look like the local people?
• Is the material acceptable to trainees, in terms of their traditions, religion, social situation and culture?
• Are the learning activities appropriate to be performed by all the trainees, whether men or women?
When developing or adapting AV materials, it is often helpful to obtain opinions and suggestions from members who represent the training group, the community, nurse/midwives and the project staff. A small group can be chosen to represent these persons and used to consult with and give feedback on what kind of materials would be most appropriate and effective.