Hi Shahed Alam and thanks for your remarks. So to simply explain our device, it functions the same way as if the caregivers where looking at a normal clock to find out the time, but in this case they are looking at a calendar with an arm pointing at the date of the day. So monitoring or simply observing the movement and progress of this arm with respect to the personalised marks inscribed on the product tells them how near the next vaccination session is, and notifies them of the due date when the rotating arm finaly lies over a marked date on the product. The regular product has just the visual reminder while upgraded versions have alarms integrated with other features as well.
Hi Anne-Laure Fayard . Thank you so much for your interest in our venture. Currently it costs 5USD to build one product, we have come a long way with the design and are still into a lot of research and development to bring down production cost as low as possible. The product is given for free to targets, but the financing model is based on brands paying for printing their brands on the products before distributing to targets, and the pricing is based on the quantity of products to be branded requested by the companies. Concerning immunisation after the first year, the product can be customised to target a variety of options. But like in Cameroon and many other developing countries, immunisation is completely free of charge for the first year only, with poor vaccination coverages still recorded despite these free services. As described in our proposal, we are thus coming in to solve this challenge. We launched 1-Clock about 18 months ago, and the pilots we’ve done so far have permitted us first refine our product to obtain the current design, and also gain valuable feedback from users and other stakeholders (health personnel, CHW, sponsors). We carried out a case control study, then followed up both cohorts for 9 months. We will be publishing our results soon. A summary of the feedback and results with respect to immunisation has showed a significant increase in on time immunisation, increase in immunisation coverage, and more involvement of other family members especially fathers on the immunisation tracking process of the children in the intervention cohort. On the side of health personnel, our designed stencil permits easy programming of immunisation days, and recently we introduced a QR code scan and data recording system to easily identify and track down cases of missed appointments and lost to follow up in the communities by CHWs.
Hi Aayush Shah , thanks a lot for your interest in our project. To answer your questions: As concerns distribution of the product, production cost and cost of purchasing, we have put in place a business model which is implemented based on the setting and context. Our main financing model targets brands and commercial agents whose products target especially caregivers, and we provide a unique advertisement and branding solution for them, leveraging on the design of our product. Using this model, we are able to distribute the product free to more targets (caregivers), and while impacting them positively with respect to vaccination, we raise awareness of these brands in a new and unique way, by putting their brands in every home for a year long publicity. This model thus guarantees both impact and sustainability of the project. In addition, caregivers in urban areas with a higher purchasing power can buy the product with other personalised features on it, such as their baby’s picture on it, a family portrait, etc. Concerning your second question, I’ll use this opportunity to communicate that our product currently doesn’t only target vaccination, but has been customised for ANC reminders, family planning reminders, and also tracking menstrual cycles and fertility periods especially for teenage girls. The product can thus be customised in many other domains based on the desired result. In this proposal we specifically talked about vaccine reminders for the first year based on the Cameroonian context, as immunisation services for children are subsidised only for the first year but since adherence is still a big issue and target coverage is hardly reached, our concept sets in to fill that specific gap, though can be customised to do much more.