Village Vaccination Outreach Team-VVOT
Train VVOT to work with other caregivers to help Provide services, monitor and evaluate child vaccination in remote areas for every child.
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)
Rural Women and Youth Coordination aims to improve child vaccination in remote areas of Northern Uganda by empowering VVOT with smartphones communication and solar-powered cold rooms for vaccine storage for easy access by new/ child/disabled mothers
Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)
VVOT pilot project is designed to effectively address the entire vaccination process to effectively address the issues of ‘vaccination gaps’ from all angles. Three areas were identified: creating awareness, scheduling vaccination, data collection and updating which involves role-playing to raise everyone’s awareness on the functions of the other participants and their coping strategies. Most caregivers are already taking action, mobilization, involving local leaders, health assistants and carrying out vaccinations scheduling, but all of these initiatives are uncoordinated, so everyone shift blames, when some areas are not reached. The health assistants would blame the local leaders, while the local leaders blame the parents and the parents say they were not aware of the schedules. This absence of communication and confidence undermines collective attempts to vaccinate every child in target communities. However, remote rural areas’ children are more vulnerable than any other children since they have few health facilities located in long distances, with even fewer health officers. The pilot project revealed that VVOTs are essential to reduce gaps and reach all children in remote areas and enhance communication between caregivers, create awareness, increase communities’ participation in vaccination programmes. Improving networking between caregivers, providing solar powered cold rooms for vaccines, and raising public awareness have been significant facts for success in reaching every child with vaccination. To do this we train VVOTs from villages and provide them with smart phones. Cell phones could if used in health services especially in rural areas helps improve efficiency and sustainability of health services. More effective use of ICTs by caregivers support in health programmes accelerates vaccination in rural areas. Expanding range of mobile applications-text messaging, mobile internet and mobile early warning can deliver a multitude of highly relevant services
Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?
Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)
We are working in Northern Uganda, in the districts of Otuke, Agago and Alebtong
Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)
We have been working with rural communities in Northern Uganda over the last ten years in various health and economic issues, including health and maternal care, sexual and reproductive health, water and sanitation, food and nutrition and more.
How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)
Primary health care provision through innovative community level interventions such as the Village Vaccination Outreach Teams (VVOT) concept in rural areas can be a rational way of achieving universal access to healthcare. The VVOT concept that serves as a community’s initial point of contact for health care became part of our programme, having used peer groups researchers in sexual and reproductive health programmes and we registered a significant change. Uganda’s mortality and morbidity rates are among the highest globally and in response to this crisis, RWYCAD created this program to bring basic preventive care to rural villages. A VVOT covers the geographical size of the Local Council 1 (Village) with members’ selection done on a popula
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 36 months to cover the required packages
Organization Name (less than 140 characters)
Rural Women and Youth Coordination-RWYC
Type of Submitter
We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization
Women’s health/rights focused
Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)
Rural Women Youth Coordination P.O.Box 102 Lira Northern Uganda
What is the current scale of your organization’s work?
Regional (reach within 1 geographic region)
Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)
The Child and maternal Health division is majorly concerned with the health of newborns and children (0 to 5 years and below).Children represent the future, and ensuring their healthy growth and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies. Newborns are particularly vulnerable and children are vulnerable to malnutrition and infectious diseases, many of which can be effectively prevented or treated.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)
The local leaders, local council I, traditional leaders, women leaders, local government and community based NGOs
How many people are on your team?
Tell us more about you and your team
We have four health workers, including a researcher, among them 2 are part-time workers with Lira University campus- health department and three others are administrative staff.