[ENG] Health insights on the Arabic-speaking community in Sweden

At Aktarr health has specialized attention. We aim to increase the health awareness of the Arabic-speaking community living in Sweden. Therefore, we regularly provide our audience with health-related contents that discuss many relevant questions such as Vitamin D deficiency; pregnancy; diabetes; depression; and the effects of antibiotics.

Through our engagement in this topic—regularly sharing health-related information, conducting interviews with specialists, and running polls at our social media platforms –  we learned a lot about our audience the concerns and needs.

Our engagement with our audience’s comments and questions revealed a number of relevant insights:

1-  The Arabic-speaking community in Sweden lacks sufficient knowledge regarding various health-related questions. The language barrier is the main contributor to this knowledge deficiency.

2- Our analysis of the audience’s engagement demonstrates that this knowledge deficiency is not exclusive to new arrivals, the category which is usually the most affected by the existence of a language barrier, but also extends to people who have lived in the country for an extensive period of time.

3 – The question of mental health is not taken seriously by the majority of the Arabic-speaking community in Sweden. Illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and stress are thought of in temporary nature, i.e. a state of emotion that does not require any psychological or medical intervention.

4 – The overwhelming majority of our audience expressed an evident preference to learn about health-related issues in  Arabic– its first language– as the comprehension level achieved was regarded higher than that of simplified Swedish.

5 – In 2018 Aktarr WebTV team interviewed a doctor from Malmö to talk about Influenza, the difference between viruses and bacterias, as well as the danger of abusing antibiotics. 80% of the engagements on this content supported the wrong fact: that antibiotics are the cure for influenza (see

6 – Most of females, especially above 29 years old, are more likely not to go seek help from a non-arabic-speaking female doctor when it comes sensitive health issues such as vaginal fungus. An interview with Dr.Selma Mowazi, a gynecologist, revealed that many Arabic-speaking women prefer to text a female doctor to ask for help instead of going to the clinic.

More health-related insights are to be shared once our research is concluded.

Kotada Yonus