a web app for prenatal and postnatal care for refugee women

How it works

The App

Disclaimer this version of the app was updated on July 2016, it is no more maintained and it might be outdated, please look for more recent versions on other websites, especially www.empowerhack.io

The App can be download from or the beta here

The source code is on

Based on trimesters

General advises are given depending on the current month/trimester or pregnancy.


Symptoms or distress can be found within the app, and actions to take (ideally represented as pictures) and what to tell your doctor is suggested.


Country-dependent information can be given including the eligibility to free support and generic medicine names.


Additional information can be given in a crowd-funded way.

How it works

HABABY is a web app for prenatal, and postnatal care for refugee women. This will have specific country, symptom, and medication information. It will have information in multiple languages with an emphasis on visual communication, an anonymous message board, and the option for live chat with a health care professional as well as offline features.

We built a smartphone app, since 80% of the refugees arriving in Germany had a smartphone. We are aware that it is not always the case and we are working on the SMS version for legacy phones.


The name came by combining the word "habibi" (sweetheart) and baby.

IDEA: We’re developing a web app for prenatal, natal, and postnatal care. This will have symptoms (ideally represented as pictures) and actions to take and what to tell your doctor. It will have information in multiple languages, an anonymous message board, and the option for live chat with a health care professional.

For refugee women and children

“Reducing unwanted pregnancies can be life-saving, along with ensuring timely access to high-quality antenatal and intrapartum services.” We are targeting both transitionary and stationary woman refugee populations. Specifically in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Greece, Germany, France, UK, Sweden, Turkey, Hungary. Trust is primarily built within communities from the same country. These women are at incredibly high risk of physical and mental complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth due to their refugee status. Risk of Malnutrition, TB, congenital birth defects, and high IMR are heightened, to name a few. Inconsistent NGO presence and extreme lack of access to basic health care and accurate information. There needs to be a source of trusted personnel.


One of the biggest issues facing the health of refugees is the number of pregnant women who have unplanned pregnancies and who do not have access to regular antenatal care, and may deliver in unassisted facilities whilst they are in transit. 34% Syrian households in Lebanon with a pregnant or lactating Syrian refugee women. Early pregnancy is also associated with increased risks such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and maternal death; girls under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy that women in their 20s, and babies born to younger mothers are also at greater risk. An acute challenge is the lack of access to contraception or maternal healthcare in the camps and a lack of knowledge about reproductive health. As a result, birth rates in the camps are high, and there are high rates of infant mortality and deformity. In addition, our partners report that women who have experienced trauma or who are living in poor conditions are more likely to experience complications during delivery.

  • Easy to use
  • Multilingual
  • After download no need of connection
  • Free

Who is behind

Alessandro Crimi




Do you want to help ?

Contact us

The app was developed during a Hackathon. We don't have yet a specific permanent address, but feel free to use my personal contacts

Newspeak House
133 Bethnal Green Road
London, England, E2 7DG


+39 333 745 1463

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