Converging humanitarian technology and social work in a public health crisis: a social innovation response to COVID-19 in Hong Kong

Cheryl Hiu-kwan CHUI*, Albert KO

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

Public health crises disproportionately affect vulnerable population groups. Interventions aimed at curtailing the spread of diseases or improving the overall health of the population must aim to reduce existing inequalities rather than exacerbate them. Drawing on social innovation and asset-based community development literature, this article describes the design principles of a project utilising humanitarian technology for disinfectant and sanitation purposes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides insights into the merits of cross-sector collaboration, particularly between social work and engineering, in effectively addressing the health and sanitation needs of low-income families living in subdivided units in Hong Kong. The project underscores the potential of social innovation in addressing the needs of the vulnerable communities in public health crises.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Keywords

  • Humanitarian technology
  • asset-based community development
  • social innovation
  • vulnerable population

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