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Telemedicine Sexual and Reproductive Health services for young women and girls from Remote Indigenous communities in their Mother-tongue

Delivering SRH services for young women and girls in remote Indigenous communities through Tele-Medicine in their own Mother-tongue

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Opportunity Areas – Select those that apply

  • Last Mile Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodities

What specific problem(s) are you trying to address? (300 character limit)

The lack of awareness surrounding SRH in Bangladesh is quite alarming. Indigenous groups lie at the highest risk. Many of them remain deprived from SRH services throughout their lives due to lingual barrier and remoteness which accounts for a vulnerable state of SRH among Indigenous communities.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address? (500 character limit)

We are still researching on the most hard-to-reach communities and the SRH problems that they face most, so as to tailor our project to meet their needs. We are also trying to connect with the local mid-wives in the remote areas to make sure that our Indigenous beneficiaries have no fear and or stigma to receive service from their local healthcare centre.

Who are your end users? (1000 character limit)

Our beneficiaries are young girls (15-20 year old) from marginalized indigenous communities. High rates of unwanted pregnancies and child-marriages are a common phenomenon in marginalized communities. Many of them have never visited the local healthcare centre. Remoteness, stigma, cultural and lingual barrier are the prime causes. Beneficiary profile: Name: Chan Chan Age: 18 Gender: Female Chan has been married off at the age of 15 and is now mother of three children. She belongs to the Rakhine tribe and lives on the Southern most part of the country near the sea away from the social sphere. She has no idea about contraception . Due to cultural and lingual barriers she is not comfortable at all to speak to representatives at the healthcare centre, therefore she chooses to live in darkness away from all reproductive health services. Our idea is to provide SRH services for 1000 girls like Chan in their own language so that they can take better decisions for their life.

Explain your idea. (500 character limit)

Girls from remote marginalized communities cannot access to SRH services for a wide span on reasons. However, two primary reasons are remoteness and lingual barrier. As a solution, we believe, the scenario could significantly change if we can provide SRH services for girls in remote marginalized communities, through Tele-Medicine in their own Mother-tongue. This will make SRH knowledge most comprehensible and efficient for them to implement it in their own life and to take better decisions.

What is your value proposition? (500 character limit)

Our beneficiaries will be empowered by this project as they will be able to take better decisions about their lives and health after receiving service from our project. They will not fall in trap of unsafe abortion providers and will only choose the safest way to terminate their unwanted pregnancy. They will be able to choose the contraceptive choice best for them. Also empowered young girls means empowered communities. They will act as peer-educators in their community later.

What's different about your idea compared to current solutions? (500 character limit)

We believe it is important to provide services which are comprehensible and tailored according to the needs of the beneficiaries. There are currently no orgs. providing SRH services to girls from remote marginalized communities in their own mother tongue. This has created a gap in the chain of supply of SRH services as hundreds of girls from marginalized communities have been left behind and cannot access the service merely because it is not comprehensible to them. We will bridge that gap.

What are the key reasons why end users would turn to your organization over another?

  • Customization: Tailoring to specific needs

What would success look like for your end users? (500 character limit)

1. Services provided by the local health care centre will be now comprehensible to them, therefore they will be able to access these SRH services without fear or confusion. As a result they will be able to take proper reproductive decisions for themselves and their families 2. They will be economically benefited as they can now invest time on economic work, other than looking after children all day. 3. They will be able to lead a life free from myths and stigmas, towards betterment.

How would you measure the impact your idea has on your end user(s) ? How will you measure the success of your program? (500 character limit)

Indicators/Outcomes: 1. Significant increase in the use of Family Planning Tools 2. Lower fertility rates therefore more time to invest on economic work 3. Use of Menstrual Hygiene products 4. Regular visits to the local community healthcare centre without fear or stigma 5. Lesser maternal morbidity and visible decrease in maternal mortality within the marginalized communities where our project will be implemented. 6. Higher number of young mothers educated on SRH 7. Empowered girls

What strategies will/are you testing to acquire end users? (300 character limit)

Our team will visit the remote indigenous localities where our project will be implemented. In this way, our beneficiaries will be informed about our project. We will create small groups of girls who will gather together to learn about our project. They will disseminate the info later to others.

Key partnerships - Who will you partner with to make your idea work? (500 character limit)

We will team up BAYA - Bangladesh's Assembly of Youth Advocates ( a Youth organization dedicated to promote SRH for the marginalized communities) as they will provide us with young indigenous people who will help translate the SRH education in more than 10 indigenous languages.

What is your organization’s name? (150 character limit)

Aung Health and Education Development Foundation (AHEDF)

Tell us more about you: (750 character limit)

The project will be implemented jointly by Aung Health and Education Development Foundation (AHEDF) and Bangladesh's Assembly of Youth Advocates (BAYA) AHEDF works to improve the state of SRHR in the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Our organization's goal is to achieve SRHR For All in its true means. We want SRHR to be ensured for all communities and not just for the elites or well-off. BAYA is a Youth organization working on SRHR for young people from marginalized communities as well. They will partner with us to provide human-support to make our project a reality.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Indigenous-led organization
  • Youth-led organization

Where will your idea be implemented? (200 character limit)

Bangladesh

What do you need to get started? (500 character limit)

At the moment we require financial and intellectual support to implement our project.

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • It is still in planning phase and does not exist yet.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organization Location (200 character limit)

Bangladesh

What is your organizational status?

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

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

Website

www.facebook.com/bayaofficial

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Hi Krishti, Thanks for your contribution! Important reminder, don't forget to have your Idea finalized, answer all the questions and published by November 5, 2017 at 5pm PST to be considered for the Challenge.

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