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Teen App to end Adolescent Childbearing and its attendant complications (STI's, abortion, maternal death etc.) in Ghana.

Empowering adolescent girls in Ghana to halt early childbirth and its related risks (cephalopelvic disproportion) so they remain in school.

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

Adolescent Childbearing: In Ghana, adolescent girls as young as 10 are getting pregnant and are dropping out of school every day. In 2015, over 10,000 teenage pregnancies were recorded nationwide, whereas 18,441 in 2016 and 57,000 cases in 2017 (Ghana Health Service, end of Third Quarter). Brong-Ahafo alone in 2016 recorded 1,224 cases of unsafe abortion indicting that, more adolescents risk being subjected to unsafe abortion, maternal death, delivery complications, premature births and cephalopelvic disproportion. In Ghana, there is disturbing number of adolescent girls seen engaging in sex trade and head-porting otherwise known locally as (kayayee) in the cities to enable them provide for themselves and that of their babies.

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

Does the early childbirth by adolescents have a cultural, religious or traditional background? Why are we recording increasing cases of adolescent childbearing every year? What have both the central and local Government agencies done to intensifying educational campaign against adolescent childbearing in Ghana?

Explain Your Idea

Creating a mobile/web App to provide a virtual community for adolescent girls from 10 and 19 years in Ghana to socialize, access information, and share problem whiles receiving security alerts/protection, medical supplies and sexual health education on adolescent childbearing thus family planning methods. The App will have a toll free number that will work in all emergency settings and emotion sensors as part of its security features to enable subscribers send distress alerts to safeguard their safety irrespective of their geographical location. With the leave-nobody-behind approach, we will roll onboard thousands of community health nurses, psychologists, counselors, journalists, lawyers and security personnel’s to assist and provide security to subscribers’ nationwide whiles making it accessible to adolescent girls both in rural and urban communities on smart and analogue phones hence the Offline App and Online App with same logic model – free SMS alert/text, free emergency short codes, map, slides, phone calls, video and voice recording. It will be available on all the AppStores for mass (adolescent girls) download whiles those facing financial constraints, no internet access or on analogue phones receive free weekly message alerts, voice mail and quizzes on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and partnering with Ghana Health Service and allied Health Organizations across board to provide a decentralized offices to attend to the adolescent needs of subscribers.

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

Education: 7 out of 10 adolescent girls know the importance of family planning methods, 2 out of 10 practice it and 1 out of 10 play it safe. Tutorials on Family Planning methods and prevention of Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI), HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies will be available. Door-To-Door Problem Solving: 145 out of 200 adolescent girls said they feel shy or uncomfortable to share problems related to their genitals example gonorrhea, candidiasis etc. the App will be a cybernetic community that will be sending help to subscribers without compromise to their privacy. Promote Competition Among Subscribers: adolescents will strive for excellence which will challenge them to subscribe to the goals upon which the App was established.

How is your idea unique?

Our goal is to have a cybernetic community that continues to engage millions of adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health whiles monitoring their sexual health status and safeguarding their privacy and safety. The App will come with emergency numbers and complaint button to enable complainant report vaginal related problems without compromise. In addition alerts, quizzes, mental-drill and questions related to adolescence sexual and reproductive health will be posted frequently on the platform to demand answers whereas capacity building workshops and sensitization be organised to continually engage subscribers at all-time. Unrelentlessly, they will receive security protection/alerts and health education in English and native languages irrespective of one’s location – that’s what makes this idea unique.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

Can the App stand the test of time and changes, who will be the Technicians managing the App in the next 50 years. Can the App web millions of adolescent girls all over the African continent in the next 30 years?

Who are your end users?

Adolescent girls aged 10 and 19 in Ghana especially deprived/conflict communities are faced with major setbacks in sexual and reproductive health services/education; majority of which stem from access restriction, stigmatization, financial barriers, limited supplies and ignorance. 1.9 million Adolescent girls across Ghana will be targeted in the first phase thus 5 years. We aim to provide information and education on sexual and reproductive health in order to delay age of pregnancy, which can keep girls in school and reduce the high risk of maternal death and sexual health complications among girls who give birth before 18.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Ghana

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

In Ghana, the population of adolescents have grown threefold since 1960 from 1,222,295 to 5,427,300 in 2010 accounting for 18.2 %. At least 1 adolescent girl drops out of school every day while 1 out of 10 get pregnant with 12.3 % adolescent childbearing. About 30 % of registered birth are adolescents with 14 % being teenage mothers between 15 and 19. (MOH, 2014). 15 % of adolescent girls are now nursing babies as a result of poverty, limited access to education and health care services.

What is your organization's name?

Amass Ghana – Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Tell us more about you.

AMASS Ghana – Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding is an independent and non-profit organization in Ghana and has a track record of championing development through advocacy for peace and security in deprived and violent conflict communities in Ghana. We have 9 executive members and 43 representatives; comprising of Journalists, Teachers and Health practitioners with common objective to promote sustainable development in deprived and violent conflict communities in Ghana. In partnership with the Network Communication Companies, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Aids Commission, Ghana Police Service etc. we will provide free services to subscribers.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Regional - within countries in 1 geographic region

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Amass Ghana is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation with registration No / Code: CG031722016 based in Ghana and its Head-office in Kumasi, Ashanti region.

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Website

www.amassgh.org

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

Feedback: “The App should be for the Ghanaian adolescent girls and not for only some selected few living in conflict communities because the issue of adolescent childbearing is a national canker and the teenage girls have now flee their various communities as a result of the violent-conflict to engage in head-porting and sex trade in the capital cities”. “Can the App come with an emotion sensors that can detect psychological and physical situation of subscribers (stress level, psychological trauma etc.) or subscribers in trouble (sexual harassment, sexually assaulted etc.) in order to be able to receive emergency support from experts at all-time?” We will provide a means through which users will contact emergency centers in times of distress. “An SMS short codes and toll free numbers that will work in emergency settings at all-time be provided to enable subscribers with no smartphones and internet access reach out for support when the need arises”.

Who will implement this idea?

We will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Network Communication Companies, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Aids Commission, Ghana Police Service etc. to provide services to subscribers whiles receiving free condoms, sanitary pads, health screening, drugs and, menstrual and diet control health tips, media insights, counseling and, legal support from the aforementioned agencies and partners (psychological doctors, media practitioners, counselors and legal advisers). 20 full-time personnel’s, two in each region, 5 full-time technical support team will be recruited respectively to provide full-time support to the project.

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?

The Executive Director and any other two executive members will hold a broader consultation and brainstorming exercise with the project/technical team to analyze the impact of the unfolding insights thus when same crop-up and make changes outright and, proceedings through the Executive Director is reported to the Board of Directors and remaining executive members whiles ensuring that the project team injects the changes made into the project.

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?

Sex trade: The emergency settings and high rate of poverty in Ghana have forced most parents to neglect their parental responsibilities, pushing young girls to fend for themselves, necessitating to child prostitution. The quest for daily bread subjects teenage girls to all forms of sexual abuse including rape which in-turn get them pregnant with no supportive man in sight – contracting STD’s/HIV in the course. Forcible marriages: Poverty and the high rate of illiteracy in Ghana is making parents do unthinkable things – forcing their young daughters into early marriages in order to shake-off their parental duties. Lack of education, medical supplies and poverty is the major grounds fueling the aforementioned challenges affecting young girls in the country. Network and Data Issues.

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: By 2022, our goal is to use the App to minimize adolescent childbearing in Ghana, webbing 1.9 million young girls who will eventually become ambassadors to effect change, reaching about 2.5 million adolescent girls at large scale. QUESTION: How will we monitor to sustain the project by continually promoting participation among subscribers to enable us achieve our goal by webbing 25 million adolescent girls all over the African continent by 2048 whiles adapting to changes.

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

The sine qua non of it all is that: Amplify is fueled and inspired to empower others using human-centered approach to solve real life problems hence, any individual/organization who subscribe to the Amplify-Terms will have to becomes more innovative, creative, thorough, observant and proactive in order to hatch a human-centered design geared towards solving real life problem with an objective of impacting life.

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?

  • Between 10-20 paid, full-time staff

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

  • We are a registered entity, but not in the country(ies) in which we plan to implement our idea.

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 Ababio 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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