Host: MYWorld 360
This immersive story follows refugee midwives into the Dadaab complex – home to one of the world’s largest and longest standing refugee camps. In this intimate experience, midwives detail how they support hundreds of refugee women during their birthing journeys. They illuminate some of the challenges refugee women face in the camps and indicate how maternal care might be improved. In keeping with SDGs this project aims to empower refugee women in accessing and delivering culturally sensitive and effective maternal care in humanitarian contexts. The VR was produced collaboratively, centring refugee women and also drawing on expertise of Nairobi-based VR team ‘Black Rhino’ as well as academics from Newcastle University and Kenyatta University. The project provided refugee midwives with certified VR training, improving their digital literacy and promoting lifelong learning. We hope these stories allow audiences, especially humanitarian and medical practitioners, to better understand the complexities of informal maternal care which is vital to many refugee women, yet too often remains invisible. This media was produced through participatory methodologies – the refugee midwives featured were actively part of storyboarding the immersive experience.
The 2021 selection of MY World 360º immersive experiences take viewers on a journey across the two sides of this Turning Point.
MY World 360º invites immersive creators – media pros and first time creators alike – to create media that allows us to experience a world turned around – a new reimagined world in which the SDGs are a reality- and that inspires people everywhere to take part in the bold and transformative action needed to solve the issues we face. MY World 360º is a collaboration among Digital Promise, Oculus from Facebook, and the UN SDG Action Campaign.
Brian Afande, Jennifer Bagelman, Josephine Gitome