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Etienne commented on Emergency Sex Education via Mobile App and e-Platform

Dear UNFPA Expert Team and OpenIDEO,

Thank you for your extensive feedback and the comments provided. It helps us to reflect and adapt our solution. I would like to respond to a few questions raised:

Financial Sustainability:
We have been able to present for the first time some of our anonymous data at an international health conference in Belgium in October 2017. Our users are often sharing with us very sensitive information they are not sharing with anyone else. Accurate and reliable data on taboo topics regarding sexuality in a developing country like Uganda do not exist or are often outdated. Surveys or studies conducted by international players to get data, are costly and will still not reveal the most shaming and sensitive issues youth face. However, as Ask Without Shame we can determine for example what exact issues girls in the age group of 14 to 18 are facing when it comes to menstruation. We want to use this information to improve public health on a larger level and create reports, surveys and studies for organizations in need of data for their programs to be most effective (e.g. UNAIDS). Through this, we are also aiming at financial sustainability in the long run. With some automation in place, running costs will also reduce.

We will have to recruit team members from different countries, who speak local languages as well, as having details about cultural sensitivity of our users from different cultures and countries.

Measuring Impact:
For now we are measuring by the number o questions we answer. Our team does regular debriefs to improve quality. The question about how best to measure impact is one we do not have an answer yet. Some users do give us feedback after having been helped and we have been collecting as well success stories (e.g. a woman calling in wanting to know where to go for an abortion, after our support to help her reflect, she sent us a message many month later with a picture of her new born baby and thanking us for helping her make her own decision).

We have been able to engage recently with the Ministry of Health and have been selected as one of the top ideas by the Ministry for using technology for improving sexual health. We are looking forward to create an official partnership with the government within 2018.


Etienne commented on Mobile Platform for Sex Education in Emergencies

Ask Without Shame, the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) and OPPORTUNIGEE are registered in Uganda already. In the next 12 months, we have successfully provided emergency sex education and sexual reproductive health information in the Nakviale Refugee Settlement (100,000 inhabitants) and the Bidi Bidi refugee camp (300,000 inhabitants). We will have learned from the implementation and are ready to scale to other refugee camps and emergency areas.


Etienne commented on Mobile Platform for Sex Education in Emergencies

Dear OpenIDEO,
we appreciate your feedback and the questions you raised They helped us redifine our idea and make iterations which we incorporated into our idea.
Greetings from Uganda!