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IMMUNOBASE

Developing applications that enables easy access to immunization and verification of immunization records.

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)

ImmunoBase aims to implement biometric as unique identifier & a blockchain that hold records shareable with health centers to solve the problem of low immunization card retention in crisis zone in Nigeria. We are working with Ministry of Health & PHN

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

In Nigeria, immunization is plagued with challenges such as low card retention by mothers who tend to lose the immunization cards administered in facilities thereby making it difficult to ascertain the immunization status of the children. Challenges also exist with the method of documenting immunization records at the health facilities. Records are heavily paper based and are subject to loss or damage. There also exist the problem of the non-interoperability of electronic health record systems that don't allow patients easily continue their vaccination when they move from one part of the country to another. This has serious implication especially for poor people affected by insurgency in the Northern part of Nigeria. Also important is the challenge of auditing & verifying immunization records provided by care givers, working for health management organization, who have the propensity to falsify or cook up records to meet the quota set by government or donor organizations . Our solution, ImmunoBase, radically improves immunization data collection for health centres by implementing biometric as a unique identifier and a Blockchain that holds records shareable with Health Centers for access with every instance of immunization signed as a transaction for proper record verification, provenance & auditing. Our solution has benefits for all stakeholders; 1. For Mother and Child, our system is mobile and it provides an application that enable patients to prove their identity that of their children electronically for access to their records even if they change location. Thereby, ensuring that all vaccination is given to child appropriately thereby reducing mortality rate of children. 2. For health organizations it reduces data loss and prevents data duplication. 3. For government and donor organizations, it ensure transparency by verifying records of immunization taken against against patients' provided identification and authorizations.

Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Western Asia

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Africa, Asia and Latin America especially region where there is migration of patients due to crisis.

Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)

Our business model is B2B2C with our end users being patients; mother and child and a primary health centres across our region of operation starting from Nigeria. There is being a positive trend of growing mobile phone penetration in Nigeria. This is an asset that can be use for SMS reminders and as an added authentication factor for patients. In Nigeria, these organizations are present in all 774 wards of local governments and work directly under the Ministry of Health whom we are forging partnership with. They do have human resources, albeit, they would need to be trained on the use of our application that would plug into their legacy systems if they have one.The primary health centres are the communities especially in rural areas.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

The innovativeness of our platforms is in how it improves access to immunization and immunization data collection especially in the rural areas by implementing; i. unique identification of mother (father) and child with biometric and phone numbers of parents and wards. ii. blockchain to enable transparency and "share-ability" of data for inter-operability with other existing Electronic Health records Systems. iii. blockchain for the tokenization of every immunization records preventing the inflation of data for whatever purpose. This will also allow for proper provenance and auditing of records which will make government and donor agencies see how their funds are being utilised.

Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

How many months are required for the project idea? (140 characters)

It will take us 8 months to develop the software & integrate with pilot health centres record system in local government across the country.

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

Freshmarte Global Services LTD

Type of Submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

Lagos, Nigeria

What is the current scale of your organization’s work?

  • National (expansive reach within one country)

Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)

Freshmarte's mission is to leverage emerging technology such as machine learning, internet of things, blockchain and virtual reality to help developing countries leap-frog challenges in Health, Agriculture and Education.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)

We will leverage on our partnership with the Health Service Commission and Ministry of Health in Nigeria and other African/Asian countries. We are starting our pilot in Nigeria with the Ministry of Health who are giving us access to health care centres in all 774 local government of Nigeria. In our community, we have signed partnership with Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), who have being providing mentorship and advise to us on the development of our solution. PHN is Nigeria’s foremost private sector platform to accelerate improvement in health outcomes through innovation and partnerships.

How many people are on your team?

8

Tell us more about you and your team

Our team consists of dynamic, young graduates with years of professional experience in health sector, technology and social entrepreneurship. Job Oyebisi is a passionate social entrepreneur that has successfully led impact-making organizations in Nigeria. He studied Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University. He's also a self-taught programmer. Vincent Shamsideen studied Business Administration and worked with one of the top NGOs in Nigeria as a business analyst. Ehi Ojafe is the only female in the team, she has vast experience in technology for social impact and leads a software development company in Lagos. Adetola Olowolaju studied Medicine at the Crimea State Medical University. He also has extensive business development experience and currently has an MBA in view. Jamiu Adeniyi is a talented and experience user experience researcher and under interface designer of about 7 years experience.

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Hi Job Oyebisi great to have you in the Challenge.

First do you have a website for Freshmarte Global Services LTD?

Second, tell me a little bit more about your pilot with the Ministry of Health in Nigeria, when are you implementing this project? You said you are at the prototype stage, tell us more about where your prototypes at and what the next steps are to be implementation ready?

Looking forward to learning more.

PS You should also checkout the Challenge we are running on immunisation services to mobile urban populations: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/infuse-urban-immunization-challenge/innovations