Conducting research and collecting information to understand the complexity of maternal health issues among hardest-to-reach people in conflict affected areas is a challenge. Researchers in the field usually face competition with organizations providing services and food, while they offer to listen. The power differences between the researchers and participants is also a challenge.
To address these issue we trained illiterate marginalized women in conflict areas to be qualitative researchers. They designed research instruments, and collected and analyzed qualitative data. We just published an article that addresses how contextualized data can be collected in a short time and under conditions in which researchers working in conflict-affected zones might not have established trust with the participants. This article is an open access.
All the best
Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf, MBBS, PgDip, FRSPH, PHD
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Graduate Entry Medical School
University of Limerick, Ireland
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