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Rem Health

RemHealth an offline based immunization service tracker with components including immunization reminder and immunization history.

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)

Rem Health aims to apply offline technology to increase demand for vaccination services and strengthen the health system in Africa by providing offline mobile health services To do this work we will partner with the government and health workers.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

In Africa where immunization cards are used, they could get missing or contain errors which lead to missed appointments and repeated vaccination. Mothers who are illiterates may not understand the content of the cards. In Nigeria, there 5 million births per year, we hope to reach 2 million with our service. Between the ages of 0-5 years. Rem health will benefit caregivers and the government. These caregivers of all ages live in urban and rural areas. In Nigeria, there is a recorded birth rate of 5 million children a year (WHO). Realistically this intervention will reach 2 million people in Nigeria with government support. A typical user is a caregiver of any gender and of all ages living in an urban or rural area. RemHealth an offline-enabled immunization service tracker with components such as immunization reminder, immunization history, immunizable disease tracker and child registration. Rem Health leverages on offline technology. Rem Health works using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)Technology. USSD does not require the internet or a smartphone Rem Health, therefore, places no burden on caregivers or health workers. Our solution provides real-time immunisation data for evidence-based decision making in areas of child registration, immunization demand and disease prevalence. Rem Health features include: Register childbirth and receive a unique identifier for the child. Check immunization history to prevent repeated immunization Health workers can confirm actual immunization using child unique identifier. Check for the nearest health care centre Caregivers or relative receive automated SMS and VOICE calls for immunization reminder in their selected language (English, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin English) A focus group and pilot study was done in Abia state of Nigeria and was used by 1000 caregivers and it showed an 80% improvement in demand for vaccination services. A national study with the national government is being planned 6. Explanation of how your innovation can be applied to the challenges of accelerating immunization efficiencies within highly urban populations in Gavi countries. USSD solution for the beneficiary and web view for data for authorities works very well in an urban population. However, with the newly launched integration made available by WhatsApp, we are currently integrating our solution with WhatsApp to increase engagement in an urban environment and drive down the cost of services.

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

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Northern America

Geographic Focus

North Africa Eastern Africa Middle Africa Southern Africa Western Africa North America

Stage of Innovation

  • Pilot

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

Private Sector Healthcare Alliance of Nigeria: Organizational Support/Funding/Networking Africa Resource Centre: Organizational Support/ Networking National Primary Healthcare Development Agency: National Pilot/ Scale up and access to healthcare facilities.

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

Rem Health leverages solely on offline technology. Rem Health works using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)Technology. USSD does not require the internet or a smartphone Rem Health, therefore, places no burden on caregivers or health workers Our team is led by highly experienced experts in the Public and primary healthcare sector. Our partnership with the Private Sector Healthcare Alliance of Nigeria, Africa Resource Centre and the National agency Our technology team is NOT outsourced, hence we have adequate technical resource. Our approach will be more successful because it places no internet or hardware burden on health workers or caregivers We are providing a single suite for managing vaccination service.

What is the name of your organization

Innovation Corner

Explain your organization (250 characters)

Innovation Corner is a social innovation centre focused on social development innovations related to healthcare and data science ( Rem is our first product and fits into our goal of providing technology for social development.

Type of Submitter

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

Organizational Characteristics

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

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

Bearing in mind the different heterogeneous distribution of our nation and the skewed distribution in literacy and communication proficiency, we provided an inclusive solution that cuts across gender and income, For wider coverage, all major languages are available for signing on. Our policies and procedures are designed to be equal and inclusive. Our solution was designed following a series of Focus Group discussions with 90% females hence our design thinking process was focused on women.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

Lagos, Nigeria

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • Less than 5 people

Website URL

Scale of organizational work

  • National (expansive reach within one country)

Tell us more about you

Madonna Emmanuel (Program Manager, Research) is a Public health expert with over 9 years of experience working at the national level on public health programs relating to child care and maternal care. Madonna has a masters degree in Public health. Tochukwu Egesi (CEO) is a business professional with a background in finance and accounting. Tochukwu is chartered banker and accountant and a graduate of Economics. Kelechi Ezenwaka (CTO) is software programmer with over 6 years of experience working for local and international players in health technology, GIS mapping and USSD technology. Kelechi is a graduate of computer science. Dr. Alero Roberts (Board Chair) is a senior lecturer in public health in the faculty of Medicine, UNILAG.

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Hi Tochukwu Egesi 
As the challenge is coming to a close, please make sure you have answered all the questions in the Public and the Privately Submitted section.

A few general pointers you should check for in your final submission:
[1] How your innovation solves the challenge problem?
[2] Working of your prototype and its pilot stage?
[3] Does the solution fit in the highly mobile urban settings and how it can prove to be low cost?
[4] How the solution caters to the gender equity by having an inclusive approach?
[5] About your team and your working relation with your partners?

The submission deadline is 5pm PST on Wednesday April 10th/ 1:00am CET on Thursday April 11th.
Feel free to make the necessary changes to your application and hit the submit button before the deadline.

All the best!
OpenIDEO Community Team

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