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Village to Village Health Campaign- To provide Child Healthcare

The campaign comprises a child health package which includes: Health package and Training package. Some of the activities to be carried out include Immunization, Antenatal Care and micro nutrient supplementation (Vitamin A) as well as conducting trainings about health and health related problems in the community. - An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. It will comprise using Community teachers as agents of change.

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Since most low-income earners stay in the villages, the campaign will aim to reach out to the parents in the rural areas. Not only mothers but also relatives who look after the young ones. 
The campaign will aim at promoting quality health service delivery and healthy practices in the community. "Healthy body, Healthy mind"

Campaign consists of the following packages:

Health package
will include:
-Provision of immunisation services, micro nutrient supplementantion (vitamin A) and albendazole to children. Also includes physical checkup for the child.
-Provision of Antenatal and Postnatal Care to mothers

Training package
-Training sessions will be based on prevention of early childhood illnesses.
-Encouraging mothers and their children to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
-Mothers will be informed about the prevailing conditions that cause retardation in children.

The community members will be the the health educators since they best know how they can improve the community using different approaches and ideas. Community members as agents of change in the comunity.

Village to Village Health Campaign = Healthy Child!
                         

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Beneficiaries are parents with children 5 years and below and antenatal and postnatal mothers located in rural Migeera, Nakasongola district in Uganda.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

Through consulting experts who have conducted research about impact of unhealthy on Child's development.
Welcoming comments from social media when the idea is shared.
Conducting simple survey to collect information from beneficiaries about the the approach

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

I welcome expert advice on how i can improve the approach.
Suggestions on how we can engage the beneficiaries to create a sense of ownership of the idea.
Suggestions on how each of the following packages in the idea can be improved to suit the beneficiaries

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.

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Photo of Richard Zulu
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Barbara, my suggestion is to pay attention to other individuals/organisations in the market that could be offering some of these packages. You can different some insight on their activities and how you can improve them. Some include living Goods, RECO Industries PIN project http://pin.reco-industries.com/ etc. It will enable you develop an interesting approach to your campaign.

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Thank you Richard. Looking forward to interacting with some of those organisations you have mentioned.
I have so far interacted with Gardens For Health an organisation based in Rwanda.

Photo of Richard Zulu
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Barbara, great. Let me know if you need access to Living Goods. I know Gardens of Health. I have interacted with one of their core management members :)

Photo of Richard Zulu
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Barbara, have you been able to do some research on this idea as suggested? if yes, has it helped you see your idea any different? My recommendation would be that from your learnings, you further make your idea as specific as possible. What is that one thing you would like to test? It seems still broad for now.

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Richard,
Oh yes, I did some research and if you notice, i erased some components of the idea. Thank you for the links, were so helpful

I want to test the role played by health in a child's developmental milestones. I zeroed down to provision of child health care and health education to the caretakers.
Any ideas on how i can be more specific are most welcome.

Photo of Chioma Ume
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Hi Barbara,

It's great that you are thinking about narrowing the scope of your idea. Do you have a sense of whether anyone else is working on antenatal and postnatal health in Migeera? Speaking to them might be a good place to start identifying gaps where services are needed. You might also speak to parents in those communities to get some insights into what their needs are and what might be useful for you to focus on.

Good luck!

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Hi Chioma,
I spoke to the mothers and village health teams about needs assessment in the community and also about Antenatal and a postnatal care.
Well the surrounding health centres offer the services but the centres are too far from their homes so they end up attending antenatal once when they are going to give birth. Most of them miss out immunisation and postnatal care
So i thought of an outreach program to concentrate on increasing healthcare service delivery in communities.

Thank you for your contribution

Photo of Chris Pozzi
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Dear Barbara, thank you for proposing such a holistic solution to public health issues in rural communities. I wonder if your proposal would be best executed by community health workers, given the level of expertise that is required?

Also, I would encourage you to seek out Living Goods as a possible partner; LG is a social enterprise in Uganda that distributes health products through an Avon-like distribution model: http://livinggoods.org/

Wishing you the best of luck,
Chris

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
Team

Thank you Chris.
We are already working with existing community structures like Village health Centers and Village Health Teams. These are individuals in the community who are already trained and have the expertise we need to implement the program.

Looking forward to partnering with Living Goods.

Photo of Chioma Ume
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Hi Barbara,

This is very interesting to hear - are these community members volunteers? What are they trained to do? How does your idea build on or work with what they are already doing?

Nice to see you in the challenge!

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Hello Chioma,
The community members are volunteers . These are community based health teams. They check and report about community health problems in their respective villages. They also educate members on Primary Health Care and refer patients to nearby health centres for treatment. Since the village health teams are trained in the field of Primary Health Care and my idea is based on primary prevention of malnutrition and diseases, i believe they are the best people who can put this idea to reality.

Photo of Richard Zulu
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Barbara, you have my email. Let me know if you need contact to Living Goods Uganda

Photo of Chioma Ume
Team

Thanks Barbara - great to see all the discussion your idea is catalyzing!

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
Team

My pleasure Chioma

Photo of DiemTien Le
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Barbara,
I love how multifaceted the idea is! This problem can be seen from many different angles, and you are tackling many.

Who will be behind the campaign? How Will you get feedback from parents and end users? What resources are in the area for you to utilize?

Curious to hear your thoughts!

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
Team

Thank you DiemeTien Le,

Change A Life Uganda (the organisation) will be behind the campaign.

The resources in the area include; Village health teams that have the expertise to implement the proposal and also Village health centres where training sessions are to be conducted.

Feed back will be collected from village health teams and field educators who make frequent visits to the families.
Some of the feed back will be collected during routine trainings conducted in the villages.

Photo of David Citrin
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Thanks Barbara, excited about projects that involve family gardens. Ample, self-determined sources of food are key to addressing wellbeing, and it is often a missing piece in nutritional interventions. How will you measure meal intake per day? I find this piece challenging methodologically - what is your approach here? Thanks, excited to see you refine/develop this idea further

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Thanks for this question, David. In Uganda, meals include; Breakfast, lunch and supper. This comes to 3 meals per day. Most low income earners can afford only one meal per day leading to malnutrition! hence the child cannot thrive well.
I considered the number of meals taken per day since inadequate food intake can also lead to malnutrition.

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Congrats on this post being today's Featured Contribution!

Photo of Barbara Nabbosa
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Wow! Thank you

Photo of Meena Kadri
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We love the notion of conveying this information visually, Barbara. In terms of testing your idea – we'd encourage you to also involve potential end users of your initiative and share what you learn from them back here on OpenIDEO. Get more tips on our new Anatomy of an Amplify Idea visualisation: http://ideo.pn/amplify-anatomy

And here's a friendly tip: update your OpenIDEO profile so folks can appreciate who they're collaborating with here. Think skills, experience, passions & more. Looking forward to seeing more of you across conversations on this challenge...

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Thank you Meena. Going to definately do so and am gonna check out the tips.