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An automated and personalised reminder tool coupled with a real time data visualisation platform and tracking system for drop outs.

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1-Clock is using a revolutionary and innovative product to permit caregivers get personalised, automatic, on time reminders of all vaccination schedules, get educated about the vaccines, and equally permits a real time identification and visualisation of the vaccination coverage of any area, and as well as easy tracking of drop outs.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

Innovative Immunisation programmes to increase immunisation coverage for children under 5 usually target rural areas. However, urban immunisation is becoming a big problem, owing to the increase in urban poor, extension of urban slumps, and no current measures to address growing healthcare needs. Cameroon is facing a high increase in urban populations due to socio-political crisis in a significant area of the country, particularly rural sectors. The challenge faced with immunising children thus results from lack of information and orientation for caregivers, no reliable identification and tracking system, and poor data and stock management. 1-Clock, comes in to increase adherence to infant immunisation services, reduce vaccine drop outs and increase rates of vaccine completion, educate caregivers on vaccines, and orientate them to vaccination sites, and it is coupled with a QR code scanning and visualisation platform to permit real time visualisation of vaccination coverage at community levels. 1-Clock’s design is made up of a circular electronic wall calendar which has a year’s calendar designed on its front surface in a circular manner and has just one arm that has been electrically programmed to move just once every day and completely goes round the design in 1 year. A unique stencil complements this design to accurately mark on the face surface of our product all the due dates for immunisation for any infant, based on the child’s date of birth. In this way, when a product automatically informs all the days caregivers must bring children for vaccination, as well as on the vaccines due at any rendezvous. Thus, 1-clock serves as the perfect reminder and enables caregivers plan immunisation schedules for their children in terms of creating time or gathering finance to cover transportation or getting information on the closest vaccination centre, empowering them to seek complete immunisation for their children. The QR code is pasted on the product as well as on the baby’s vaccination or identification document permits a systematic tracking of the child’s immunisation status by scanning at community level by CHW and in the hospital as well when the child shows up for vaccination. Thus, information updated regularly permits easy identify when the baby misses an appointment, and then the caregiver can be tracked by CHW wherever they are for a catch up. Neighbourhoods identified to have high drop out rates benefit from a catch-up outreach vaccination campaign

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

  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa

Geographic Focus

This project is designed to function in any given area both urban and rural, but with a keen interest on urban slumps, as it is pioneer in targeting immunisation challenges faced by these areas.

Stage of Innovation

  • Early Adaption

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

In order to reach and impact caregivers, we partner and collaborate with all health institutions and community health workers present in urban areas providing immunisation services. These partnerships enable 1-clock to reach all target caregivers; in the hospitals immediately after they give birth, and in the communities through community health workers, thus no child is missed. The health personnel and community workers equally mark all the immunisation days for each child on our product using stencil we have designed. Thus, all targeted caregivers in a given community can obtain and use our product. In addition, our QR scanning platform permits real time data visualisation, and community health workers track babies with missed appointments, and enables outreach vaccination campaigns to be organised in areas with high unvaccinated or missed cases related to distance or other factors. This same model has also been successfully tested and is implemented to increase ANC attendance.

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

Our unique and innovative product accurately and clearly indicates the date and points the exact days of immunisation of any child based on the child’s date of birth, after being personalised, and permits real time visualisation of immunisation coverage, effective tracking, stock and data management. It is inspired from a universal tool (the calendar) thus can be used by anyone of any language, culture or level of education, serving both as a reminder and an educational tool. The product was born through a coworking design process involving engineers, doctors, nurses, CHWs and some caregivers. It is also very easy to produce, and outweighs all challenges faced by mHealth technologies linked to phone ownership, network coverage, etc.

What is the name of your organization

GIC Space

Explain your organization (250 characters)

GIC Space is a social venture that has as objective to design, promote and implement innovative and cost-effective solutions targeting the most pressing health challenges in Cameroon in particular, with the potential to scale to other countries.

Type of Submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women’s health/rights focused organization
  • Youth-led organization

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

Gender equity has been at the forefront of our organisation in general and this project, where from the initial brainstorming phase, women had a high representation in our teams (56%). Our recruitment policies thereafter also respected the same principle where we even have more women at the frontline of our activities as health personnel and community health workers, as well as a 50% presence in our management team.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

Yaounde, Cameroon.

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 6-20 people

Website URL

http://1-clock.com/

Scale of organizational work

  • National (expansive reach within one country)

Tell us more about you

We have a strong and dynamic team made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds, extensive experiences, who complement each other. The team comprises 3 Medical doctors; Dr Conrad Tankou; team lead, medical doctor, award winning social entrepreneur Dr Geofry Ngwa; Medical Doctor, public health specialist, in charge of Monitoring and evaluation Dr Sama, Medical Doctor and project coordinator 2 Nurses; Mrs Luma Jane: reproductive nurse and Immunisation specialist Mrs Fru Judith; In charge of training and development 2 engineers; Fred Ngo and Emmanuel Ndedi both electrical engineers in charge of design and production.

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