Hababy is a free mobile app service that provides prenatal and postnatal care for refugee women, offering them advices available in different languages. I chose to look into this particular service as pregnant refugee women are one of the most courageous yet vulnerable people who are prone to multiple risks during their transit for finding a safe haven for their future/kids.
The project offers refugee women medical advices they may not be able to access as they move across the sea, providing a list of symptoms and the subsequent actions they should take if the need be. Taking in consideration to the language barrier, Hababy provides multiple language options and for additional support, the project plans to include pictograms and live chat options with real time professionals available to give the women advice when they do not have access to other medical opinions and assessments.
Hababy was initially created for women in the war torn nations of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and countries serving as a temporary refuge such as Greece, Germany, France, UK and etc. Due to their refugee status and pregnant condition, these women are exposed to physical and mental complications, which during travel could lead to more severe consequences such as early delivery, miscarriage and maternal deaths.
The project creators have decided to provide this service on smart phones, as their research had yielded that approximately 80% of the refugee arrivals in Germany were in possession of a smartphone. However just in case some women did not have access, the creators are also devising alternative ways to make the service available through SMS.
The project Hababy takes into consideration the challenges refugee women face in varying degrees of pregnancy related status, especially during the rough journey they endure. The project effectively provides these services through easily accessible mediums motivated by their humanitarian ideals. I found Hababy as a very inspiring design response to problems many women face, and not just refugees. The design response does not alienate the refugee women as a distinctly separated audience, but instead through the service brings women closer to each other as a community.
Crimi, A 2016, ‘HaBABY,’ website for mobile application, viewed 30 August 2016, http://www.alessandrocrimi.com/hababy/
EmpowerHack 2016, ‘EmpowerHack: Empowering Women and Girl Refugees,’ viewed 30 August 2016, http://empowerhack.io/#projects