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Together to End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (TEViD)

Creating a circuit involving caregivers, community and workers in fight to end vaccine preventable deadly diseases.

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

TEViD aims at building a circuit from caregivers through community to health care providers using mobile technology/pendant reminders for vaccination and education in local dialects to build health seeking behaviour among men &women in North Nigeria.

Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)

Studies has shown that 1 out of every 5 children under the age of five is fully vaccinated against killer diseases. According to The new Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey report MICS 2016-17, organized by UNICEF indicated that only eight percent (8%) of children from North-western part of Nigeria were fully vaccinated and seventeen point-five (17.5%) from North-eastern part of the country compared to South-west which has over forty-seven percent (47.9%) of children that were fully vaccinated. This is mainly due to improper awareness, Education and cultural factors. Mothers are common caregivers for their children, although men also are caregivers but commonly in urban and satellite areas. TEViD intends to integrate the education of fathers (who are the commonly the decision makers in the family; young men too), the mothers who are direct caretakers of the kids( including young girls in early marriage) and the community leaders(women group leaders, village heads and chiefs, faith based organisation leaders) with their normal community programs. This will no doubt alter in change in perception of vaccines and promote health seeking behaviour. Here the link to the healthcare providers is placed with the mobile technology. The application of mobile technology to send instant messages for reminders of vaccination schedules, to get feedback from caregivers(complains, suggestions and ideas). This will keep the caregiver and the healthcare provider intouch for timely adjustments and improvements on the project. A light plastic pendant to wear on children to ensure full vaccination compliance by caregivers. (We found out that within the rural areas, children and infants are easily worn Woolen/leather crafted necklace for cure/protection as claimed by their parents. A petty reward will also be given to mothers upon full immunization of their kids. The whole arrangement becomes a circle that will progress a long term relationship within a short period of time.

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

  • Western Africa

Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)

Northern Nigeria Western Africa

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

Women, Men and youths are the end users of TEViD, in the sense that knowledge is power and can be transferred for development. I was born and brought up in the northern part of Nigeria where I was spurred into studying public health by the rate of mistakes, morbidity and mortality of children and women over diseases that could be easily prevented. To this effect, I have volunteered for community outreach in Gussorro,Fuka in Niger state and in Lugbe of FCT. All for the fight against killer diseases among children and education of women. The northern region has the highest population of illiterate mothers due to cultural and religious factors top of which is the polygamous family system where the men make the decision for the wives.

How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)

The idea is unique as providing a viscous circuit between caregivers - community - healthcare providers may seem breakable due to cultural and social factors. But TEViD is infusing education and practical applications through an already existing system so as not to disrupt cultural processes but to teach and change norms from the known to the unknown. The pendant design is unique too, using a simple mark to identify user, it can remind caregivers of immunization schedules during morning or night baths of children.

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)

24months

Organization Name (less than 140 characters)

Helpline foundation for the needy, Abuja

Type of Submitter

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Organizational Characteristics

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

Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)

Abuja Federal Capital Territory Nigeria

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

  • National (expansive reach within one country)

Website URL

Helplinefoundationabuja.org.ng

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

Women education, empowerment and liberation focused. Child education and survival support. Girl Child advocates

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

Federal Capital Territory Administration health insurance Olea fresh Healthcare Women Societies commission, Nigeria

How many people are on your team?

5

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Team

Hi Jane, can you share a little more about the team that will work alongside you on this project?

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Team

Thanks Ashley, The team has the following members:
Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, a professional in human relations and communications. A philanthropist and core women and Child protection advocate. With over 18years cognate experience in communications and models, she has served at different capacities at the federal capital of Nigeria Administration.
Jane C. Williams, an activist for adolescents and women empowerment, a public health experts in Health communication and Author of hygiene books. She has been through preventable health challenges from childhood. She has a degree in physio-pharmacology Technology and Master's in Public health.
Dr Michael Adeyemi, a polio survivor and General Physician shares and inspires people with his life experiences.
Johnson Agada, head of Information and communications technology with over 12years experience in digital communications completes the TEViD Team.

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