Updated Jul 08, 2019

HERA: mHealth Innovation to Increase Vaccination and Prenatal Care Uptake of Refugee Women in Turkey

A mobile platform built for and with Syrian refugee women to break through the barriers to lifesaving healthcare.

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Sürmeli Aral

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

HERA is live and being tested with refugee populations in Turkey with ongoing data collection and formal studies.

Focus Areas:

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Digital Inclusion & ConnectivitySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Turkey

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Country Implemented In
300
Customers
4
Employee
$71,625
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Syrian crisis lead to 3.8 million people relocating to Turkey. Even though access to healthcare is free for this population, demand among refugees for preventative care, especially antenatal care and vaccines has been limited. Initial qualitative research indicates that navigating services in a foreign language, livelihood, and uncertainty as to what is covered under their legal status are barriers to health for refugees.

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Solution

To address these issues and incentivize pregnant women or recent mothers with children to seek preventative care services, the HERA mobile application aims to remind users to seek care while providing the tools and information needed to reduce the number of informational barriers to seeking care.

Innovation Description

Supply side of the healthcare services for Syrian refugees in Turkey is better than most countries harbouring Syrian refugees; they can utilise public hospitals and migrant clinics free (1). However demand side is still lacking due to not knowing the regulations and lower health literacy in the refugee community. MEDAK's previous work, experiences of the team and our preliminary studies, show that vaccination and prenatal care (Check-up) levels are low.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Scaling Up Phase
Funding Goal500
New Implemented CountriesTurkey, Syria

The Team Behind the Innovation

Team HERA is made up of young professionals from diverse backgrounds. We have medical doctors, psychologists, public health officers. In addition to this team is made up of people from 4 different countries, all under 30 with majority being women.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestones

Mar 2018
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$71,625
TITLEHERA: mHealth Innovation to Increase Vaccination and Prenatal Care Uptake of Refugee Women in Turkey
FOCUS AREAS
Infectious & Vector Diseases and Maternal Newborn and Child Health
IMPLEMENTED INTurkey
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Turkey