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Leave No Deaf Girls/women Behind in Health Services

The story of social service that can help to create a bridge of communication among healthcare providers and deaf persons in health services

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It is a shocked fact that deaf people are more likely to suffer ill health than other people, simply because it is harder for them to use the health services that many of us take for granted. Deaf people are twice as likely to have HIV/AIDS infection, high blood pressure, Malnutrition, and other diseases, four times more likely to develop diabetes, HIV/AIDS and generally have a reduced life expectancy. This is unacceptable in our community, additional efforts are needed to bring changes.

Deaf people can be at a disadvantage in making full use of health services in Tanzania. They can find many basic aspects of access difficult, such as making an appointment, understanding how to take their medication, or receiving advice on options for treatment. The rest of the population will take these and other interactions with health professionals for granted.

Recent research into the experiences of Deaf people found that almost half found contact with their general public is ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’, and a third thought it wasn’t worth seeing their general public because communication was poor. The findings and experiences are replicated among all people who experience hearing loss, and with the evidence we collected during this inquiry.

Good communication is probably the singular most vital component of improved access but it continues to be a major barrier. Providers generally seem to lack awareness and understanding of the range of communication support deaf patients in their needs, the options available to address those needs, and how they might make services more accessible to the deaf people.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

- Deaf girls/women lack the health service - Deaf people aren't attending at the clinics - No communication between deaf and health providers. - Less information's on health service among deaf people - Deaf people are remained poorly in the community - No anyone who care deaf girls/women

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

This research is related to the mother suffering from the disease, because when women or children lack the essential nutrients for a healthy immune system are become sick and suffer serious illnesses, Also when pregnant women and young children lack iodine, iron and other nutrients needed healthy brain development, children are less able to develop well and will perform poorly at school.

Tell us about yourself:

I am an organizational supervisor for more than 10 years, I have received the training of the Infant and Young Child Feeding and working in encourage the community on nutrition and breastfeeding.

Are you currently an employee of Sutter Health or UCB Pharmaceuticals?

  • No


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@DeletedUser Thank you for sharing your insights! Did you conduct interviews to gather this research?

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Photo of Japhet Aloyce Kalegeya

Hi. Lauren Ito, Thank you for your best comment on my idea of Leave No Deaf adolescent girl and women behind in Health. I have contacted an interview with deaf people, health providers, and community health workers, in our discussions we realized that the first 1000 days of a child’s life is very crucial period of development and deaf people have lefted behind in healthcare in the community, they lack information in health services, no communication between deaf people and health providers, they don't undrrstand what taught when they attending at clinics. Also deaf girls/women are remained poorer in this area