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Refugees Health Alert(RHA)

Empowering Urban Refugees to seek & access immunization services by providing free immunization education,counseling & referral information.

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RHA maximizes innovations and technology to expand access to child health care to urban refugee communities in Uganda by offering free immunization education, counseling and referral information through mobile, internet, seminars and print materials.

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

Uganda is the largest refugees host country in Africa and the third in the world with more than 1.5 million refugees and asylum-seekers as of October 2018. The population of 103,694 is urban refuges scattered among the Kampala city-slums and living in squalid conditions with several barriers limiting their accessibility to immunization services including language, cultural, financial and logistical barriers as well as a lack of familiarity with the health care system. Although the Government of Uganda through Refugee and Host Population Empowerment programme has made it a priority to include refugees in its national development plan with special focus on enhancing social service delivery to refugee-hosting areas, the above challenges are still limiting majority refugees from accessing immunization services. For refugees to navigate through language, cultural, financial, logistical and health care system barriers; and access child health care, we will provide free immunization education, counseling and referral information through telephone, website, SMS platform, seminars and a collection of print resources in addition to traditional methods. Our services will include: immunization service guides, health care system guide, SMS reminders, information language translation and printed immunization schedule (e-cavi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Child_Health_Card_UGANDA.pdf) listing all the vaccines provided to refugees of Uganda. These services will be expanded with an online and by-phone navigation service to help them determine when their children need to be immunized and find immunization facilities closest to where they live. We will achieve these objectives by using a working model referred to as Integrated Operating System (IOS) where we will bring together all the platforms we work on into one management system that will enable us to use a small working stuff of less than 10 employees to serve 500 people every day which is not possible with traditional methods

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

  • Eastern Africa

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Uganda

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

The end users of our project's services are care givers of refugee children (refugee parents and children care takers in urban slums). Our relationship with them is that they are mother or fathers like ours parents seeking safety and security for their children and refugee children are like your or my children wanting to live a healthy life, play with friends, feed well and go to school. Their basic needs should/are not to be taken for granted.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

Most organizations in this sector use traditional methods with limited coverage. All they do is to reach out to communities, get a small portion of refugees and take them into one or two days workshop and expect them to have acquired the necessary information which has proved unsuccessful. Unlike these, we have designed a unique working model referred to as IOS (Integrated Operating System) which will bring together all the platforms we work on, social media, websites, SMS onto one management system that will enables us to reach an average of 500 people every day which cannot not be possible with traditional methods. We will also use IOS to predict change in refugees behaviors by observing their response to immunization services.

Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

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

24 Months to effectively design,launch and promote our ICT tools & reach 5000 child caretakers with child health care/immunization services.

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

Building Legends of Tomorrow (BULET)

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Displaced person / refugee-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

We are a registered not-for profit company limited by guarantee without share capital with its headquarters in Kampala, Uganda.

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)

Building Legends of Tomorrow works to achieve children’s rights and rights of young adults, particularly for the poorest and most marginalized who are most at risk of their rights being denied; with special focus on Education, Health and Nutrition. Through Refugee Health Alert as a health project of Building Legends of Tomorrow, we aim at empowering urban refugees to access child care services through innovations and technology.

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

We shall involve political, cultural and religious leaders who will support us in our activities about empowering refuges to take their children for immunization and ensuring that children are fully immunized. In the same way in 2016, Kasese District involved political, cultural, religious, and civic leaders at all levels in its efforts to increase the number of children fully immunized. As a result, sub-counties decided to earmark budgetary funds for immunization activities, which was subsequently dispersed. Since then immunization coverage in Kasese District began increasing. Though the coverage later declined due to its deterioration in the security situation.

How many people are on your team?

8

Tell us more about you and your team

We are a passionate, gender inclusive and experience team of experts headed by Mutambi Samuel who was born in a small village in South Western Uganda to a peasant family, dropped out of school after high school due to poverty but succeed to learn philosophy due to his studious character and interest in reading books. He leads a team that consists of health experts like Rtd Dr Sarah Nakayenga at Mengo hospital as project manager, who is supported by Dr Agaba John and Dr Nshabire Ivan as her Project Assistants, Byamugisha Bless a professional accountant and the head of finance; Muhwera Ronald a professional software Engineer and the head of ICT; and Akinyi Joan an expert in adult and community education;and she is the head of field trainings. Joan is assisted by Cherukut Doreen and Natukunda Vastina. All our team members are currently part-time non paid volunteers but with an increase in resources, they will be paid a monthly salary and require to commit full-time to the organization.

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