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Breaking the silence: participatory research processes about health with Somali refugee people seeking asylum

Rhetta Moran, Zeinab Mohamed and Hermione Lovel

in Doing research with refugees

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781861345981
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302131 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345981.003.0004
Breaking the silence: participatory research processes about health with Somali refugee people seeking asylum

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This chapter presents the experiences of the authors from 1998 to 2001, when they developed a participatory research project in Manchester, England. This project involved people from Somalia who had recently arrived as refugees fleeing war. It first sets a brief historical background to the status in Somalia, and then describes how the members of the Somali community in Manchester and the academic researchers developed their methods for learning and improving health among the Somalis. The chapter also describes the process of evidence-base development and presents an early empirical example from the research project that shows how Somali women living in Britain are experiencing and solving barriers to their health needs within the primary-care system. It concludes with a discussion of the potential within this research approach for experiencing equality between community-based and academic researchers and community members.

Keywords: participatory research project; Somali community; Manchester; war refugees; health; evidence-base development; health needs; primary-care system

Chapter.  6656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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