Congolese Refugee Health: Getting and Staying Well for Congolese Refugees
This YouTube video playlist, with voice-over audio narration in Swahili (also known as Kiswahili) and optional English subtitles, educates Congolese refugees pending resettlement as well as new arrivals about healthcare in the United states, women's health, and gender-based violence. On-screen text is presented in English and Swahili. The video series consists of four topics; two of the topics have two parts, for a total of six videos:
Introduction to Healthcare in the U.S. explains the role of healthcare providers, primary and preventive care, health insurance, and communication.
Your Body Before, During and After Pregnancy is a two-part video that describes the reproductive system, prenatal care, changes in the body during pregnancy, giving birth, the postpartum period, and birth control methods.
Men Speak: Helping Women Heal is a dramatic skit with two Congolese men talking about the gender-based violence inflicted on their wives before resettlement and moving towards a path of healing.
Women Speak: Finding Wellness After War is a two-part dramatic skit with Congolese women in a support group talking about the gender-based violence they have experienced, post-traumatic stress and navigating marital relations after sexual violence, overcoming stigma, and finding strength in each other.
A three-page user’s guide is also available, informing community organizations, refugee service providers, health educators, and other professionals or stakeholders working with Congolese refugees about how to share and use the video series in person or online
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