Can illiterate women in conflict areas be qualitative researchers? Yes, they can!

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.

http://qhr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/11/02/1049732316673975.full

All the best

Khalifa

Dr Khalifa Elmusharaf, MBBS, PgDip, FRSPH, PHD

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Graduate Entry Medical School

University of Limerick, Ireland

www.ul.ie/gems/staff/dr-khalifa-elmusharaf

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