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The CHANCE Bucket II

The CHANCE Bucket is a packaged idea that addresses the challenges of sanitation, prevention, and treatment for suspected Ebola patients in the home. Many in affected West African nations are unable to receive treatment as medical facilities run out of space, healthcare workers strike, or succumb to the disease themselves. The CHANCE bucket will consist of 3 compartments: CLEANING, PREVENTION, and TREATMENT, which will provide life saving materials and visual instructions on how to use each item. While the bucket is not designed to replace professional medical treatment, it gives a person a fighting chance to beat the disease until medical care is available.

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The CHANCE Bucket will be facilitated by the participation of professional groups already in the country of Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Medical Students' Association and Social 
Workers Sierra Leone.  These two groups would receive the buckets and disseminate them to the villages in the districts hardest hit.  It would alleviate the stress of community members having to travel to retrieve the buckets, as travel restrictions complicate movement in 
Sierra Leone at the moment.


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Ann-Laure Fayard, thank you so much for your contributions. I think the narrative is a great idea. We will contact our staff in Sierra Leone to see if we can't materialize a narrative to highlight why this project would be so helpful. Bettina, we formed relationships with groups in our native Sierra Leone over the summer, just after our President Ernest finally announced a long overdue state of emergency. Dr. Khan, who died in July, was a family friend who risked his life to work treating people back home. The medical students with whom we are affiliated were his up and coming proteges who wanted to continue the spirit and passion of his work against Ebola but are without the resources to do so.

Additionally, Apps would work very well in Sierra Leone. Coverage is average and usage is expensive, but someone our people use smart phones quite ubiquitously. We are in talks with a group creating a Mobile Information Service and we hope to engage some of the other groups at the Hackathon who developed codes along a similar line. This is all wonderful progression in the fight against Ebola and our personal fight at Pearls of Wata to keep our families safe.

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If you could get insights to develop personas and a scenario, I think this will help you clarify your idea and of course help other community members understand it better.

Very interesting contextual point regarding Apps: what won't work in Guinea will work in Sierra Leone. Glad to hear you're talking with other groups from the Hackathon. I liked the fact that they aimed for the minimal common denominator: "dumb" phones with SMS so that this can work in all countries and for most groups.

Looking forward to the next steps. By the way, Design Tinkering and the Greenhouse were really excited to have you come to NY for our hackathon. We're glad to see these collaborations emerging.

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HI all.
I agree with you A-L that creating a few scenarios would help clarify this project idea. Thinking step wise Zainab it will help fill in gaps, perhaps add or change something so that those that are going to participate are kept safe and those that are ill will understand how to best use this bucket.

Zainab, I was wondering if the medical students in Sierra Leone have reached out to medical students elsewhere? Perhaps a collaboration could bring some support, new ideas, resources? I checked and the American Medical Student Association has a Global Health Committee. Perhaps they could reach out?
There might be other connectors as well.

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