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Humanities and Arts in Preventing Pre-eclampsia complications through community Engagement and Education (HAPPEE)

The HAPPEE Partnership Project engages an international cross-disciplinary team to create a novel mix of expertise aiming to engage and empower women and communities affected by pre-eclampsia. They are a team of anthropologists, creative artists, writers, theatre-makers, filmmakers, social scientists, midwives, obstetricians and health advocates. They aim to understand local experiences, priorities and values of health care, pregnancy and birth and their relevance for improving adverse outcome for mothers and babies.

The HAPPEE project is divided into three main phases:

Phase 1 involves exploring context and undertaking qualitative work in Zimbabwe and Haiti. Baseline information will be collected regarding maternity care structures locally. Each country will undertake face-to-face semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The aim is not only to scope levels of knowledge with respect to screening tests, symptoms, warning signs or perceived causes of preeclampsia and eclampsia but also to explore socio-cultural, historical and language barriers to accessing appropriate care.

Phase 2 of the project involves the development of culturally sensitive and context specific educational materials to address these barriers. These will be developed with direct input from community members and coproduced. We envisage these may be in the form of short film, animations or interactive community theatre workshops. This collaboration with the creative arts will explore different medium as a way to engage communities, investigate their beliefs but also as vehicles to deliver health awareness messages.

Phase 3 of the HAPPEE project will centre on implementing the resources created locally in Zimbabwe and Haiti. This phase will include end-user feedback from women, families and healthcare professionals with appropriate adjustments in the resources accordingly.

HAPPEE seeks to create a bridge between the research community and women and the wider community enabling the flow of ideas, opinions and learning.



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Robbins, T (2019) Exploration of community level contextual factors that influence care for hypertensive disorders in pregnancy in Haiti and Zimbabwe