Title

Motorcycle Medics

Presentation Type

Poster

Abstract

A tragic history of violent civil war in Somalia has resulted in widespread migration into western Kenya. In response, Kenya has developed mass refugee camps, such as Dadaab, to provide a safe haven for refugees. For those who choose to flee Somalia, protection from the war is not immediate because conflict and limited resources are common on the long road to safety. Upon arrival, services are limited and suffering because of the vast amount of people in need without adequate volunteers and supplies available.

My project shows the role of women in refugee camps and assesses medical services provided and necessary to increase reproductive and maternal care within Dadaab refugee camp. My research was conducted from testimonies of current refugees, documentaries that focus on daily camp life, and an interview with the coordinator of Kateri Park, which is a community center that assists Somali and other refugees in Portland, OR. From this research I found projects that currently exist from NGO’s and non-profit organizations. The next phase of research I conducted looked into best practices for creating successful projects, supply costs, and curriculum development.

My initial project Motorcycle Medics is an original idea that potentially benefits mainly women in one of the most desperate global situations. The mobile hospital motorcycle structure utilizes internal space for preventative reproductive and maternal health supplies, medical screenings, and prenatal care. The external sides of the structure are chalkboards to teach, reproductive and maternal health awareness, practice, and skills.

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Motorcycle Medics

UC Ballroom

A tragic history of violent civil war in Somalia has resulted in widespread migration into western Kenya. In response, Kenya has developed mass refugee camps, such as Dadaab, to provide a safe haven for refugees. For those who choose to flee Somalia, protection from the war is not immediate because conflict and limited resources are common on the long road to safety. Upon arrival, services are limited and suffering because of the vast amount of people in need without adequate volunteers and supplies available.

My project shows the role of women in refugee camps and assesses medical services provided and necessary to increase reproductive and maternal care within Dadaab refugee camp. My research was conducted from testimonies of current refugees, documentaries that focus on daily camp life, and an interview with the coordinator of Kateri Park, which is a community center that assists Somali and other refugees in Portland, OR. From this research I found projects that currently exist from NGO’s and non-profit organizations. The next phase of research I conducted looked into best practices for creating successful projects, supply costs, and curriculum development.

My initial project Motorcycle Medics is an original idea that potentially benefits mainly women in one of the most desperate global situations. The mobile hospital motorcycle structure utilizes internal space for preventative reproductive and maternal health supplies, medical screenings, and prenatal care. The external sides of the structure are chalkboards to teach, reproductive and maternal health awareness, practice, and skills.