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A System to Motivate and Encourage Rural Pregnant Women Deliver Babies in Health Centers and Hospitals and Complete Immunization Cycle.

Maternal and Child health system developed to increase 4th ANC visit, delivery in health facilities and perfect immunization in communities

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

This MCH system, if funded will will solve the problem of mothers in rural areas and all others to deliver babies in the health facilities where there professional health workers. Women and new born babies in the rural areas have been delivering in villages and more others going to Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) instead of the health facilities and or hospitals where there are qualified health workers. This as been especially to lack of systems reminding and updating mothers on when to be in the hospitals and some forget and find when they only visit the facilities once ore twice to delivery. Due to all this complications emerge and we loose either a mother, baby or sometimes both. The system proposed will work with Health Village teams to Identify who is pregnant in there areas firstly. The system will be able to capture details of the mother on her first Antenatal (ANC) visit, and the same system will be able to send a reminder to the mobile phone provided by the mother either her own, the husband's or even the village leader for them not to forget a hospital/health facility appointments until the 4th ANC visit. Then the mother in enrolled into the Maternity and her data is also captured. If the delivery is successful, the baby's data is also captured into the system and starts immunization program. Still the system will keep reminding them for the next immunization scheduled until the end of the program when the baby is discharges. If the delivery is unsuccessful then, discharge with a report in the system will be generated. If there are other complications like nutritional issues and etc, also the system will be able to address them and give reports accordingly. Different dashboards and custom reports will be developed to inform step by stem and daily activities for the program. Reporting levels also will be able to generate reports as they deem fit to inform decisions for the better world. This system will be designed to be used by the midwives.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries are mothers of the reproductive age, infants and babies in the immunization categories, and heath workers using the system.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The system first of all will be computerized and will be used by nurses and midwives in their departments of ANC, Maternity and Immunization. Its is unique that they will manage their records and report generation electronically. Its is also unique that it will use grass root teams in coordination with health workers and reports will be shared with the local leaders in the villages thus clear information flow.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

We of Shared Hands Uganda are a organisation based in Kampala Uganda subscribing to and support the broader Sustainable Development Goals’ agenda working in support and collaboration with governments, higher institutions of learning, associations, groups, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other implementing and development partners. We are a Mission-driven organization with services, expertise and products focused on making all the Systems strengthened.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I have seen and shared the grief of our rural women and children loose their lives and have been thinking of what can really try to put to and end or bring sanity for them to survive and children grow. this inspired me to have a solution for the rural women acquire knowledge and take care of their pregnant lives.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

This project will involve local leaders, engage men and the Village health teams fully and actively and the local and community levels.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

If funded, Shared Hands Uganda will work in partnership with Ministry of Health (MoH) and other local government under MoH. Also the UNEPI program for immunisation in the country and other imprementing partners in the districts supporting health facilities.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Local Councils, VHTs, Youths and women to help engage other women in the communities.

Geographic Focus

Western Uganda, Uganda, especually Kigezi and Mpororo areas.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

24Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Your idea is wonderful. I am not fully aware of the accurate statistics, but my educated guess would be that Infant mortality rates in Africa are quite high--especially in rural and underdeveloped areas. Your effort to involve men is also wonderful.

Many expectant mothers lack the financial resources to even travel to "local" clinics or hospitals (many of which are in capital cities only and if the expectant mother lives in rural area, the journey could be possibly hundreds of miles away and quite costly) and some are discouraged from attending due to negative views of health professionals and the government (especially if the hospital or clinic is associated any type of governmental institution/funding). How do you plan on convincing women to trust health professionals and health facilities?

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