Opportunity Area

How might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??

The proposed title of your idea

Dr. Bot, An artificial intelligence powered messenger chat-bot that answers sexual & maternal health questions & offers an online pharmacy

Please describe your idea.

A user simply starts a chat session on a computer or a mobile phone and they get access to the pharmacy & medical consultation services.

What problem does your idea solve in the market?

We seek to improve access to maternal health pharmaceuticals and supplies in the country by offering an online pharmacy from which individuals and health centers can procure pharmaceuticals. The other problem we are looking to solve is the lack of readily available maternal and sexual reproductive health information that can easily be understood by a variety of people. We seek to offer this information in various local languages and formats like audio, video and text. There is no initiative in Uganda that offers on demand access to medical advice and consultations from medical doctors.

Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunity

The inspiration for this initiative came from reading this article (https://goo.gl/j3f9qs) about a similar initiative in the UK.

Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?

Beneficiaries of this initiative include: Prospective and expectant mothers who will have access to readily available maternal health information, an online pharmacy and on-demand medical advice. The youth and young adults who want to learn about sexual reproductive and maternal health related issues.

Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?

We are convinced that our initiative will solve the highlighted problems because it is offered on a familiar platform (Facebook Messenger) for our target market who are very familiar with chat application. Furthermore the platform can be accessed through any device with an Internet connection be it a mobile phone or a computer regardless of operating system. This increases the number potential users. Over 2 million Ugandans use Facebook and so they will have access to the solution.

What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?

Babylon Health a UK Start-up company has a similar digital health care app and is working with UK’s National Health Services to test and roll it out. Locally there is no similar initiative at the moment. We would like to partner with various medical personnel to offer a wide range of on demand medical services to our users. We would also like to partner with pharmacies in different parts of the country so that they can fulfill orders placed from people in their localities.

What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?

A beta version of the solution has been completed and can be accessed at https://m.me/drbot1. A number of friends have been invited to test the product and they have given valuable feedback. So far we have learned that users prefer short concise answers and we are already improving the product to address that.

How will you financially sustain your business?

The solution has an online pharmacy from which users can place orders for various drugs, contraception and other items. We will be able to charge users a delivery fee for whatever items they order. We will also negotiate revenue sharing deals with pharmacies from which we source the items. Furthermore users who wish to consult with an actual medical doctor whether through a phone call or a chat session will be charged a consultation fee.

Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and team

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Please tell us about each founder and their roles on the team. How do you know your founders and how long have you worked together?

Simon Peter Miyingo is a software engineer with over 6 years experience building user-centric web and mobile applications. He also has lecturing experience having taught courses like Intelligent Systems and Database Systems at Makerere University. Clare Asasira is a telecommunications engineer with 5 years experience in the Ugandan telecom industry. She is very passionate about leveraging telecommunication technologies in bettering the livelihoods of the less fortunate. Dr. Elia Waguma is an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist based at Mengo Hospital. He has just graduated with a first class degree in Medicine and Surgery form Gulu University.

Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.

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Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?

Simon Peter Miyingo Clare Asasira Dr. Elia Waguma

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