Syrian refugees and digital health in Lebanon: opportunities for improving antenatal health

Reem Talhouk, Sandra Mesmar, Anja Thieme, Madeline Balaam, Patrick Olivier, Chaza Akik, Hala Ghattas

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Abstract

There are currently over 1.1 million Syrian refugees in need of healthcare services from an already overstretched Lebanese healthcare system. Access to antenatal care (ANC) services presents a particular challenge. We conducted focus groups with 59 refugees in rural Lebanon to identify contextual and cultural factors that can inform the design of digital technologies to support refugee ANC. Previously identified high utilization of smartphones by the refugee population offers a particular opportunity for using digital technology to support access to ANC as well as health advocacy. Our findings revealed a number of considerations that should be taken into account in the design of refugee ANC technologies, including: refugee health beliefs and experiences, literacy levels, refugee perceptions of negative attitudes of healthcare providers, and hierarchal and familial structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - San Jose, CA, USA May 7 - 12
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings - The 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsCliff Lampe
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages331-342
Number of pages12
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016 - San Jose, United States of America
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34th
https://chi2016.acm.org/wp/ (Website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2851581 (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016
Abbreviated titleCHI 2016
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16
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Keywords

  • Antenatal health
  • Digital health
  • Lebanon
  • Maternal health
  • Refugees
  • Syria

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