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Table 3 Selection criteria for the PVs

From: Barefoot therapists: barriers and facilitators to delivering maternal mental health care through peer volunteers in Pakistan: a qualitative study

Domain Criteria
Qualification At least 10 years of formal education (equivalent to GCSE)
Experience Socio-demographic background and life experiences similar to that of the target population
Emotional maturity/range of life experience
Personal attributes Willingness to learn new skills
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to relate to mothers and their families
Ability to maintain a balance between home and work responsibilities
Trustworthy, empathetic, respectful and enthusiastic
Knowledge/understanding Some understanding of mother and child health issues
Other requirements Fluent in local language
Able to move in the community freely including if the target population is slightly far off from her place of residence