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WOMEN OF CALDAS, NOT ALONE

The biggest healt issue in Caldas (and growing) is malnourishment of pregnant women and small children. PREVENTIVE medicine is the key. Women could take care themselves, but they might use a little help from their friends.

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The idea is that Students from local universities could help developing a healthy diet:
1. Biology and Agriculture students should evaluata what can be grown in each community.
2. Nutriology students should desing a nutritious diet.

This should be taught to the Women of Caldas*. (*in their own tongue, many are indigenous)

3. There would be a need for a health care center and medical equipment. Goverment plus sponsors??

4. In the center, Medicine students could train women to monitor health of pregnant women and children.

How do you envision this idea making money?

The students spending a season in Caldas would need some services: housing, food, laundry, transportation... But another economic activity, in terms of exchanging goods, could be that young women could grow the nutritious diet and bring it to the Health Care Center, to be exchanged by some "health points", which they could use when expecting a baby.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

The main issue: malnourishment would be tackled by making great use of local natural resources, human resources, and even local knowledge. Preventing child mortality usually leads to family planning and eventually, poverty reduction.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

Women take care of women, but they are not left alone in a place where gender equality has not been reached.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

Contact a local university, ask them to start a research program in order to know what can be grown there (which wouldn't become bio-pollution). Ask some students to come and teach women on how to take care of themselves while being pregnant, and how to feed their children during the first stages. Contact a big sponsor who could provide the very essential medical equipment to monitor health of pregnant women and small children.

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DeletedUser

Hi Claudia, it would be great if you could enrich your idea here with the ones I posted a few days ago.

Check it out on: http://www.openideo.com/open/how-might-we-improve-health-care-through-social-business-in-low-income-communities/concepting/giving-them-clouds...-willbe

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Hi Sergio!!
Yes, you're totally right. The Social Service while studying in university is also compulsory in Mexico. The issue is that most of times, the projects in which students are involved are not as relevant.
Caldas's case is one of those that really require some input.
The universities are a natural source of knowledge. It would be very valuable to have our proposals evaluated by the local experts, so that the best ones would be implemented.
As you say, there would be a continous flow of young people into Caldas. Those students would need accomodation, food, and other services, which could be the right opportunity for social business.


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