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Voice and Illustrated Health Education on SRH in local dialects for girls in Boko Haram ravaged communities

SRH education for girls in Boko Haram ravaged communities using audio/voice and graphically illustrated information cards in local dialects

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

This project teaches sexual and reproductive health education to vulnerable girls using audio/voice and illustrated information cards in local dialects. The north eastern part of Nigeria has over the years been ravaged by boko haram, an islamic militia group that attacks communities, displacing them of their communities and economic means. Displaced people in communities have sought refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps where basic necessities are provided to help them get by. Off all displaced persons, the most vulnerable are children and the girl child. Girls in the IDP camps hardly have access to basic health facilities and are exposed to health challenges.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

The unanswered questions of this programme is the continued challenges posed by parents, clerics and scholars to the girl child. These set of people have predefined opinion and positions regarding the girl child leaving the girl child with no right or choice of their own The security concern justifies our approach of using the speaking and graphically illustrated cards to disseminate important information on pressing subject matter efficiently at reduced risk and cost

Explain Your Idea

The idea is the use of graphically illustrated and audio information cards to disseminate vital and useful information on SRH to a vast array of girls. Most of the girls in the north eastern part of Nigeria are barely literate and cannot comprehend simple expression in English language or pidgin English. Developing a communication tool such as an audio card laced with illustrated graphics in local dialects will communicate basic information to the girl child in boko haram ravaged communities The audio cards are very effective means of communication especially when used to train fairly educated and uneducated audience. The idea develops a comprehensive curriculum on sexual and reproductive health and girl rights and summaries same into simple to understand audio conversation and graphical illustrations. The audio cards embedded with graphic illustrations are used as a capacity building tool. The card when opened vocalizes the embedded information to the hearing of the user. The audio card can be handed over to a number of persons and the same message will be relayed to each and every person that comes in contact with the vocal cards The audio card can be used to reach several thousands of people with ease as same content is replicated simultaneously and only limited human impact is required. This we believe will achieve greater impact that organizing and facilitating several capacity building training programme in the IDP camps in north-eastern Nigeria

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

1. The idea will address language and communication barrier - Girls in boko haram ravaged communities will be trained using an effective approach with the use of audio card embedded with graphic illustration 2. The idea will train vulnerable girls on basic sexual and reproductive health and girl right to girls ages 11 to 16 years in IDP camps in the north-eastern part of Nigeria 3. The project has the potential to reach thousands of girl child in the north-east of Nigeria

How is your idea unique?

This idea is unique because of the application of reusable method of communication in the form of vocal/speaking cards embedded with illustrated graphics to tell a story on sexual and reproductive health and girl right. Legacy training utilizes classroom training methods, employing resource persons to facilitate training at specific locations. The end product especially for uneducated participants is the initial buzz feeling during and after the training. The vocal card training method leaves a long lasting impression on participants as the vocal card remains with the participant and can be played over. The illustrated graphics of the vocal card also explain detail information graphically. The unique advantage we leverage on is that, we have a vocal card production facility and have been producing same over the years, we have developed expertise in social education and have worked with several organizations including government and international development organizations

Who are your end users?

The end users of the vocal illustrated training cards are the girls in the IDP camps and communities ravaged by boko haram attacks. The girls in IDP camps will benefit by being exposed to basic sexual and reproductive health training using an effective communication method The users of this service are girls attaining puberty age of between ages 11 to 16 years and reside in the north eastern part of Nigeria, are found in IDP camps and other communities in Borno, Taraba and Yobe states of Nigeria This intervention has the capacity to reach over 20,000 girls of puberty age in the north east of Nigeria

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

The emergency setting and environment is a insurgent displaced people setting. The intervention is expected to be implemented at Internally Displaced Persons camp in the north east of Nigeria. The environment is orchestrated by boko haram insurgents in Nigeria. This has ravaged several communities and displaced many people among which age children and girls The risk specific to this setting is the prevalent of the security issues within the setting, also poor developmental infrastructure

What is your organization's name?

Bluerange Solutions Concepts

Tell us more about you.

Bluerange Solutions Concepts is a fast growing enterprise development services provider that specializes in development and implementation of social and business solutions with reaching effect on the target audience. Our organization prides itself as one that places emphasis on delivering expected outcomes on projects using available resources judiciously and within the time limit We have developed competencies through partnership that specializes in the production of Self-Playing Media devices and have perfected an easy way to program spoken words, favorite song or poem into a tiny electronic device that fits discreetly into a card. Our sound modules adds creativity, animation and fun to educational materials

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • National - expansive reach within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Nigeria

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered for-profit company, including social enterprises.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

We were able to obtain some vital feedback to incorporate into our idea. One of the feedback was the incorporation of the voice of a village chief or cleric in the audio recording that will be embedded on the information card. This has the capacity to help the message gain traction and acceptability among the audience Another important feedback obtained was the need to streamline project delivery areas to specific IDP camps in specific local government areas in North-eastern part of Nigeria

Who will implement this idea?

To implement this project we have put together a team of experts who will be on the project fulltime. The project management team comprises the following experts with key responsibilities and supported by adhoc staff Project Manager Public Health Expert Capacity Building Expert Community Relations Officer Distribution and Logistic Officer Curriculum and Content Development Expert Printing and Production Manager Seventy percent of key staff will be located at the project site and will available all through project implementation

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

Bluerange Solutions Concepts (BSC) operates a democratic styled organization using inclusive and participatory management approach. We utilize project management methodology to deliver on projects, structuring projects by deliverables and milestones and assigning officers to lead implementation. Collaboration and expert opinion are vital in decision making within the organization, we value every input and contribution while critically evaluating outcomes of resource inputs

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

The average girl child in northern Nigeria is perceived as vulnerable and exposed to being child bride before the age of eleven. Most girl child become child bride and start child bearing by age fourteen. They are usually disposed to developing Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). Developing VVF for the girl child is emotionally draining and they are usually abandoned by their husband for other women. These girls tend to leave an isolated life fending for their children alone The system-level challenge is the psychology and cultural values of northern Nigerian region that promotes early child marriage and child bearing. There is need to manage this problem through capacity building and empowerment of parents and community elders.

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

Impact: We aim to have changed the SRH orientation of 10,000 girls in northern Nigeria by 2022 using audio cards and through community leadership engagement Question: How to get the vast majority of community leaders in northern Nigeria to change their orientation towards the girl child, to empower the girl child rather than pray on them for our objective of impacting 10,000 girls by 2022

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

I am attracted by the inclusiveness of the amplify model, allowing for an open ended stream of ideas provide a basis to encourage erstwhile uninterested participants to rethink their ideas and put in for the challenge

Do you intend to implement your Amplify idea in refugee camps / temporary settlements?

  • We aim to implement our Amplify idea in support of displaced populations, but not in a refugee camp / temporary settlement.

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 6 months and 1 year

How many of your organizations’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • No paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Under $50,000 USD

What do you need the most support with for your innovation?

  • Business Development / Partnerships Support

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Hi Olushola and team,

An important reminder, Refinement Phase closes this Thursday, October 26 at 11:30pm PST.

We can only consider complete submissions, so please make sure that you have reviewed the Feedback and Refinement Phase Checklists and answered all of the questions on the platform. Note that we added one more multiple choice question to the end of the form.

If you're having trouble figuring out how to edit your idea, please refer to this guidance: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vQUuV2N-wO8Oy8MysMAza3CbKUA1ZcMenollZjPh4FA0fGgIDcVXwWtEe6CLh36_Wik5AypEHixreFH/pub

Best of luck!

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Dear all,

Thank you for the update, much appreciated

Olushola

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