Ipas began their Amplify journey with the idea to develop a comprehensive app that gives community health workers the security and confidence to counsel, refer or provide information to women seeking reproductive health and menstrual regulation services in refugee camps in Bangladesh. After beginning research in the camps, Ipas determined that the digital app they had proposed would not be a feasible option where there is such limited connectivity in the camps, so they began to pursue other angles.
During a design project with IDEO.org, the team identified that men in the Rohingyan community could be powerful enablers for women accessing
care, but they don’t currently have a venue to access information about
what reproductive health care might be beneficial for their family. The team developed a two-pronged approach to enabling women to access care, by creating a board game for groups of men and groups of women to learn and play, facilitated by community leaders who are able to provide guidance on why the content is important for the community. Additionally, a flipbook equips community health workers to provide a deeper level of information in their counseling sessions, with detailed illustrations to dispel myths and equip women with the information they need to seek services.