Safely: protecting transitional or receiving communities from viral hemorrhagic fevers virus.
A public health big data authenticating migrants' immunization to prevent receiving communities from viral hemorrhagic fevers virus.
What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)
The DRC is hit by a deadly epidemic, the Ebola virus. This epidemic declared since August 2018 has already killed more than 1737 people. According to the WHO several factors are at the root of the persistence of Ebola including the density and mobility (internal and foreign) of the population and insecurity.
Immigrant countries need vaccination certification which reassures them that people crossing their borders do not pose a public health hazard in their countries. Unfortunately! The vaccination cards issued by the public health administration are not reliable and have no authentication; anyone can make it.
More seriously, the forms issued to certify vaccination against the Ebola virus are simple papers that are not reliable and anyone can make it.
Thus, the use of false certificates or vaccination cards that expose the populations of the immigrant country / city has a serious public health danger as viral hemorrhagic fevers virus.
None of these means of attestation of vaccination against this or that other epidemic gives the migration control agents the means of control to authenticate the said certificates.
Then we developed SAFELY that is a public health big data, a digital solution for authenticating vaccinations of migrants / travelers. It is established with the mission of preventing the immigrant country populations against serious public health dangers such as: Ebola, yellow fever, Marburg, Hantaan, ...
Geography of focus (500 characters)
We first target the populations of the DRC and those of neighboring countries in the DRC because they are the most exposed to the contamination of this kind of epidemic because of the mobility of the population of the DRC who immigrates the neighboring countries either by fleeing insecurity or in search of goods.
Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)
Safely wants to establish a vaccine reliability bridge between immigrant and receiving communities in order to reduce the spread rate of viral hemorrhagic epidemics.
What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)
Our solution will help reduce rejection and mistrust between migrant populations and receiving communities. Because if host communities are not reassured that immigrant populations are vaccinated, they will be rejected and distrusted by receiving communities fearing the danger of being infected with viral hemorrhagic diseases. This situation loses dignity even to those who are regularly vaccinated. This rejection and mistrust would be a barrier for immigrant populations to integrate into host communities.
What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)
Populations from areas affected by viral haemorrhagic diseases will be accepted in the receiving communities as reassured that populations who immigrate to their homes do not constitute a danger to public health. This could facilitate the integration of immigrant populations into their receiving communities and thus develop socio-economically.
What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)
Our solution is important to the community of focus because it will be:
- Fighting against fraud, the use of false certificates or vaccination cards can expose the populations of the immigrant country / city to a serious danger of public health.
- Preventing the outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fevers virus as: Ebola, yellow fever, Marburg, Hantaan, ...
Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)
Our idea pertains to establishing online portal public health database for immunization against hemorrhagic viral diseases which connects vaccination stakeholders and border control officers to ensure that immigrants are or have not been immunized. Despite several health and policy initiatives undertaken by all countries to address the problem, there is a lack of convergence amongst stakeholders involved in the process to stop the spread of viral haemorrhagic diseases in the region.
How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)
Our solution is important to the community of focus because it present different value as:
- Building peace between immigrant population and receiving communities,
- Strengthening mutual collaboration between immigrant population and receiving communities,
- Reduces the cost of printing vaccination cards,
- SMART: facilitates the migratory / travelers not to be encumbered with a lot of papers (notebook) and protects the environment by the reduction of use of the papers.
- Preventing from viral hemorrhagic fevers virus.
What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)
We are planning to collaborate with:
- International Organization for Migration,
- Public Health Ministries,
- And local communities.
We would like to partner with them to bring their expertise to ensure the innovation is as effective and scalable as possible. They will advise on the feasibility, acceptability and accessibility of the innovation. They will also help to ensure evidence is used to inform policy and practice.
What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing
Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled
Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing
Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system
Idea Proposal Stage
Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.
Group or Organization Name
Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)
Our team has implemented www.xantonn.com, an electronic patient recording software that is currently getting a lot of traction in the health sector in Nairobi Kenya. In Goma DRC we have also implemented SOS-PlanFam a maternal and child healthcare solution.
The successful implementation of the above software in the health sector has given us enough experience to implement large scale projects and the diversity of our team allows us to work easily in various countries.
Our team’s diversity & experience all throughout East and Central Africa makes our team the perfect fit for this purpose.
AS TECHNOLOGIST, we have access to excellent technical and professional networks.
AS LEADERS, we see where people are "stuck" in their lives and show up in a meaningful way. We understand the value of being "present" and listening to others.
AS ENTREPRENEURS, we have a passion for seeing and understanding the big economic picture before building previously unimaginable technologies.
Type of submitter
We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise
Organization Headquarters: Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Organization Headquarters: City / State