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A Bespoke Social Network for Deaf Women in Ecuador to Access Information on Sexual and Reproductive Health

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GI-IATa, UNESCO Chair on Support Technologies for Educational Inclusion, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, 010102 Cuenca, Ecuador
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AtlantTIC Research Center, Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3962; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203962
Received: 3 September 2019 / Revised: 14 October 2019 / Accepted: 15 October 2019 / Published: 17 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Potential Risks and Factors of Women's Health Promotion)
Many deaf women face the lack of numerous resources related to their personal development. The unavailability of proper information on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), in particular, causes problems of sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy in adolescence, sexual violence, complications during pregnancy, etc. In response to this, we have created a social network that delivers SRH content (verified and validated by experts) to women with different degrees of hearing loss. The site features a recommender system that selects the most relevant pieces of content to deliver to each woman, driven by her individual preferences, needs and levels of knowledge on the different subjects. We report experiments conducted in Cuenca, Ecuador, between 2017 and 2018 with 98 volunteers from low- and middle-income settings, aiming to evaluate the quality and appeal of the contents, the coherence of the methodology followed to create them, and the effectiveness of the content recommendations. The positive results encourage the frequent creation of new content and the refinement of the recommendation logic as the cohort of users expands over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sexual and Reproductive Health; deaf women; Ecuadorian Sign Language; hearing loss; recommender system Sexual and Reproductive Health; deaf women; Ecuadorian Sign Language; hearing loss; recommender system
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Robles-Bykbaev, Y.; Oyola-Flores, C.; Robles-Bykbaev, V.E.; López-Nores, M.; Ingavélez-Guerra, P.; Pazos-Arias, J.J.; Pesántez-Avilés, F.; Ramos-Cabrer, M. A Bespoke Social Network for Deaf Women in Ecuador to Access Information on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3962.

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