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Immunization at Your Doorstep (IYD)

Project IYD incorporates mobile truck delivery service and mobile phone services to ensure immunization coverage in hard to reach areas

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

IYD aims to provide doorstep immunization services to people in hard to reach areas in Lagos state, Nigeria, through mobile delivery trucks, to overcome barriers of distance, cost and time taken to access services, with an incentive/loyalty package

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

  • Western Africa

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

The geographic focus is 20 slum communities in Lagos state,Nigeria. Lagos state is a mega city, however, the Ministry of health records an immunization coverage of 60%, IYD aims to facilitate the coverage of those in hard-to-reach areas and slums

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

Gender Equality and Empowerment Network is a community based non-profit. We have conducted projects under SDG 5 and 3, which have made us interact with many hard-to-reach people and slum dwellers. Our end users are parents, caregivers and guardians in 20 Lagos state communities. Our close relationship with these people informed our decisions and this project idea. We conducted a focus group discussion with women to find out ways of enabling them access immunization services for their children. Most women complained about distance, cost and time taken in visiting general hospitals. They suggested that if the services are brought to them, they will introduce more women to the service.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

Project IYD is unique because it involves the use of mobile delivery trucks to give hard-to-reach areas access to immunization services rather than making use of foot soldiers. Most government interventions have been focused on using foot soldiers to give immunization to children, however, this has been flaweddue to low coverage. Moreover, IYD gives parents incentives and this improves acceptability in local settings. IYD makes use of mobile phone services to prompt parents on next appointment, thereby ensuring continuity.

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 take us 24 months to achieve a 20% increase in immunization uptake across these communities.

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

The Gender Equality and Empowerment Network

Type of Submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but looking for collaborative partners

Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization
  • Women’s health/rights focused
  • Locally/community-led organization

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

We are based in Lagos state, South-Western part of Nigeria.

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

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

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

Gender Equality and Empowerment Network is a women-led organization. Our board of Directors are made up of 100% women whose line of work are focused on thematic areas -Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Health) and 5 (Gender equality); with chief focus on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Gender-based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices, and Empowerment.

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

We will engage the State Commissioner of Health and the respective Chief Medical Directors of each general hospital in the state; to collaborate on immunization kits, resources and personnel. We will also engage with Lanre Shittu Motors for the procurement of mobile trucks. We will be working with community leaders and influencers to allocate at least 5 community members who will be paid to supervise IYD at the community level (this ensures community ownership and full engagement of community members).

How many people are on your team?

5

Tell us more about you and your team

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I like your idea of using mobile trucks in delivering immunization services to remote areas.
My suggestion most immunizations range from 0-5years or even more and you can be making trips to these villages for over 5+years, I believe might need to empower the community so that they develop health-seeking behaviour from nearest health facilities.
Kindly have a look at our idea for collaboration and inspiration https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/briefsgates-vaccine-innovation/ideas/immunization-awareness-through-community-health-volunteers-network

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