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Vazzle: Vaccine Puzzle

Vazzle is a puzzle picture frame that can prevent missed opportunities in vaccination in the Philippines.

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

MarLiCa Art Gym, will produce Vazzle to tackle missed opportunity in vaccination by giving caregivers an effective and concrete reminder puzzle frame in the Philippines.

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

According to WHO, missed opportunities in Vaccination (MOV) contribute to low immunization coverage in a variety of settings which includes developing countries. There is a prevailing under immunization all over the world due to several factors and one of these is due to underutilization of available vaccines. Some of the reasons why children don't get immunized despite the availability of vaccines are, forgetfulness in bringing the subjects to the vaccine providers, wrong immunization history, schedules not communicated, vaccination not seen necessary for older children, calendars not known and days designated for immunization not known, low motivation for immunization, lost vaccination cards, loss of track of session schedules This can lead to outbreaks of the many vaccine preventable diseases. This product aims to make the vaccination activity fun and exciting to lessen MOV. This is also a constant reminder of their responsibility in protecting their young children. Vazzle a gamified puzzle consisting of a frame base and pegged puzzle pieces which can stand as a picture frame and trophy at the same time. It can also serve as an incentive, as a badge, a concrete symbol of great achievement once completed. This will benefit young children especially those from larger families where the vaccination lies in the hands of heavily burdened caregivers of children between the ages of 0–6 years. A puzzle picture frame vaccination schedule reminder will be given to the caregivers after birth. A complete vaccination schedule on stickers will be attached to different part of the picture frame. This then can be displayed prominently, in the main living area or in strategic places in the caregiver’s home. Every time the child is brought for vaccination, puzzle pieces will be given by the health worker to the caregiver. There will be a constant nudge to the caregiver every time she looks at it. There will be a psychological push saying that the child is not yet safe.

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

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • South-eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • Western Asia

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Hard to reach remote rural and poor densely populated urban areas in developing countries

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

Caregivers who are forgetful due to so many reasons like, having too many tasks at home, many children to care for, lack of reminders or loss of immunization cards. No caregiver would like to have the burden of an unsafe child. If they get reminded constantly and the reminder is always around and can be seen, they will most likely take time to bring the children to the session sites.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

Vazzle is unique because it is a concrete reminder of the whole picture of the child. There is a play on the conscience of the caregiver. Seeing a picture of a child, incompletely protected will have a nagging effect that may be hard to ignore. The playfulness is also unique because all of a sudden this usually boring activity becomes fun and challenging. I am an entrepreneur and an industrial designer, I can find a way to produce this cheaply out of recycled materials. It is an added value on top of the immunization cards that are being used today. It adds value because a complete vaccination is a concrete achievement and solving it through a very simple low cost solution is a plus. A low tech idea that can solve a big problem.

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)

It will takke 4 months to make the prototype and then 2 years to do proper observation of the results.

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

MarLiCa Art Gym is a community based creative space teaching various skills from basic drawing, painting, crafts and design led by myself.

Type of Submitter

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

Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

MarLiCa Art Gym, Km. 75, Barangay Inosluban, Lipa City. Philippines

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

  • Community (working within one or a few local communities within a region)

Website URL

marlicaartgym.com

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

The idea of MarLiCa Art Gym started 20 years when I started an art club to teach basic drawing to young people around my community next to my clinic and I observed that those who experienced arts and crafts developed strong characters and became successful individuals. 3 years ago after finishing my Industrial Design degree, I decided to put up a sustainable set up with a vision to guide more people to pursue art and create. Vazzle's success will inspire more to delve into their creativity.

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

I will partner with the Department of Health in Manila, so they can assign the test areas. I had the cooperation of Lipa City District Health Center and many health workers in my local community while evaluating Vaxi. They will carry out the actual usage tests necessary to validate the claims of the Vaxi to get reliable evaluation results. I created a group called Flight of Hope after the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda organized my doctor colleagues, mountaineering friends and the whole community to help in a medical mission, rescue/ rebuilding in Tacloban. We then followed it up by holding livelihood workshops and supplied them with rice seeds. In just a week, I was able to tap into my network to make a huge task seem so small.

How many people are on your team?

5

Tell us more about you and your team

Louie L. Villaverde, Master of Engineering, BS Mechatronics. Head, LIKHA FabLab he and I will collaborate together with the engineers who are involved with the fab lab to create the working prototype of Vaxi. Dr. Mike Marasigan is an active voice in the medical community and very active in immunization campaigns. He can sound advice in tackling the product usage and testing once the prototype is ready. He can guide us on how to assess the product's efficiency and usage. He will collaborate with us further on testing our carrier. Tito de la Pena, currently a professor in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Art, Industrial Design Department, one of the officers of Design Center Philippines and one of the organizers of HEED (Humanitarian Engineering Entrepreneurship and Design), is my guide in this design project from day one. He will continue to support me actively in this endeavor.

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Interesting idea Marichu Carstensen I like the playfulness as well as the idea of the frame.
I'm curious to know where you think will the activities be done? at the clinic? by caregivers and children together? For the reminder piece, what information are you thinking of including? Have you thought of where the picture will be taken? Is it the caregiver brining a picture to be framed?

You might want to check 3 ideas where I can see opportunities for collaboration.
PIC - Photos in Immunization Clinic Photograph 
and https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/briefsgates-vaccine-innovation/review/using-board-games-to-increase-community-and-caregiver-knowledge-attitudes-and-intentions-to-access-immunization

Good luck developing your idea!

Photo of Marichu Carstensen
Team

Hi Anne, thanks for the positive feedback. The caregiver has the option to bring a photo to the clinic or, if most of the caregivers cannot afford to provide one, a cheap camera and printer may be set in place. The picture must be attached to the frame on the first vaccination day at the clinic. There will be rewards in the form of puzzle pieces. I piece for every shot. The mother will set it in place while the baby is still incapable. Later, when the child gets older, he or she can put the puzzle pieces in. It will give them a feeling of accomplishment every time they finish the session.
At the base of the frame, you can print the 5 reasons why you should vaccinate your child.
Immunizations can save your child’s life.
Vaccination is very safe and effective.
Immunization protects others you care about.
Immunizations can save your family time and money.
Immunization protects future generations.
I would like to add that I chose green because first it is gender neutral then, it is a symbol of luck, nature, freshness, environmental awareness and wealth. It also represents fertility, youth and new life. In short everything that you wish your child would have. These things can be printed on the pieces. Everybody loves to believe in these things. So, every peg can be a symbol of earning more luck which makes sense to the whole immunization meaning. The more shots you get, the less chance of bad luck or getting ill.
A piece of card that can get lost is not a prompt enough to instill the true meaning of being immunized. This frame is visual, exciting and challenging just like a game of Tetris to the millennials or the traditional puzzle for the young. At the end of the game you have a complete trophy for a job well done. When the child has grown up, it becomes the emblem of how care was given by a loving mother or carer.

I have read the photo booth idea which can be good for the mothers. But here, the central idea are the puzzle pieces, the picture is secondary. The snakes and ladders idea is also interesting. If it can be simplified, it can be more feasible.
Thank you for taking time to review my idea!

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Hi, thank you for the clarification. I did not really understand the value of the puzzle.
I think the idea PIC - Photos in Immunization Clinic has a lot in common with yours as they try to create a system (it's not one picture only) but a photo album that provides caregivers with information about vaccination and also provide a reminder for the next vaccination. What your idea brings in is the incentive via the puzzle while in their case the motivation for caregivers is to get new pictures of their children (we found in a Nepalese context that this was something that mattered). Yes, this might not be a strong incentive. I wonder if the puzzle might be stronger. I guess the only way is to prototype and do contextual interviews. :-) Good luck!

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Hi, thank you for the clarification. I did not really understand the value of the puzzle.
I think the idea PIC - Photos in Immunization Clinic has a lot in common with yours as they try to create a system (it's not one picture only) but a photo album that provides caregivers with information about vaccination and also provide a reminder for the next vaccination. What your idea brings in is the incentive via the puzzle while in their case the motivation for caregivers is to get new pictures of their children (we found in a Nepalese context that this was something that mattered). Yes, this might not be a strong incentive. I wonder if the puzzle might be stronger. I guess the only way is to prototype and do contextual interviews. :-) Good luck!

Photo of Marichu Carstensen
Team

Hi Ann, yes the main incentive is to complete the puzzle and cover the unprotected parts. In the end it will be a trophy that can stand in the house. It is like plaque of recognition for the caregiver and a proof of a safe baby in the house. In the Philippines, almost everybody has a cellphone. They take pictures of themselves all the time, so in our case going to the vaccination center for a photo is not a big motivation. But to each his own, maybe in Nepal, it will be a big success. I wish them the best of luck!

Once again, thanks for taking your time to review my answers��

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Thank you Marichu Carstensen Indeed local context varies. I guess the team will need to figure out what is the context in Eastern African countries (the focus of this challenge). So in your case, you'll just provide the printer to put the photo in the frame. Is it correct?
I wonder if you think that having the puzzle finished is enough motivation for the families. This means that the caregivers are already convinced that it is important to immunize their children. It might be the case in the Philippines. From our research and some of the ideas on the platform, it does not seem to be the case in Eastern Africa countries. I'm curious if you have thought of how to address this motivational challenge as I think it can be very useful for other ideas.
I really like the video. Super informative. Well-done! I wonder if you are imagining having different trophies for different phases of immunization?
Good luck with your idea and the prototyping.