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Motorcycles + Maternal Health

Breaking down barriers to access of maternal health services in rural Uganda.

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Kalangala District, Uganda is situated in the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria. Community members that live in this remote area of the country often have trouble accessing basic healthcare. There are clinics and doctors, but patients often have to travel very far, which can be expensive and time-consuming - sometimes a 1 hour motorcycle ride away. Though there may not be health clinics in all of the villages, there are health workers on the island and ways to reach the patients.

Health Access Connect (HAC) uses motorcycle taxis to set up monthly, 1-day health clinics in remote villages of Uganda. These clinics allow people to access essential health services like anti-retroviral treatment, malaria treatment, child checkups, and family planning. Though originally created in response to lack of HIV/AIDS services, community insights have led to the need to strategize around incorporating maternal health services into these community clinics. 

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

How might we think creatively about breaking access barriers for under-resourced mothers? How might we create truly affordable, accessible, quality, and context-relevant prenatal care? How might we design inclusive services for mothers that are unable to get to health clinics easily?

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

This inspiration ties to the "under-resources mom" persona identified for this Challenge. In this case, a mother who may be unable to travel to a health clinic on a regular basis, or at all. It's critical to think through their continuum of care from family planning, to prenatal, to birth, and postnatal care.

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OpenIDEO Team. Public health professional. Health equity advocate. Woman.

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Photo of Marcio (Oliver) Oliveira Silva

Look Obua Godfrey , this is related to what you were saying.

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Photo of Obua Godfrey

Exactly Marcio, you are absolutely right, so there is urgent need for us to act and bridge those gaps.

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