Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health

How can multimedia help improve health services and systems? Photography as a research tool #HSR2016

How can multimedia help improve health services and systems? Photography as a research tool #HSR2016

12 December 2016
IDEAS multimedia submission to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

IDEAS multimedia submission to the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (#HSR2016) - presented by Rhys Williams

We were trying to answer the question of whether and how multimedia can help to improve and innovate health services and systems.

IDEAS looked at the issue of photography as a research tool.

A photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are made to tell the story of events of create a series of emotions in the viewer. Photo essays can often demonstrate behaviours or show deep emotional stages. 

The images that make up this photo essay relates to maternal and newborn health and traces the story of women in Ethiopia as they go into labour and the care that is received in the first hours and days of a newborns life. 

We put them together using the Shorthand Social platform which allows you create visually engaging storytelling microsites. 

Follow the story here:

As we have followed these mothers and newborns on their journeys, I will explain how this research came about, and I will cover the following topics: 

–- What is IDEAS? 
–- Charting progress in maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia 
- –How photography can help improve and innovate health systems by enhancing research 
- –Wider debates 
–- What next?


Find out more about IDEAS activities at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research