Opportunity Area

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

The proposed title of your idea

Maisha

Please describe your idea.

Emergency transportation of maternal mothers to and from the hospital using motorcycle ambulances by a click on a mobile application

What problem does your idea solve in the market?

Difficulties of physically accessing transport for expectant mothers. The available transportation using taxis and other vehicles are limited by a traffic jam in towns leading to delays in timely transportation of maternal mothers in case of emergencies. Lack of an emergency transportation insurance scheme for low-income earners in peri-urban and urban areas. A large gap between the maternal mothers, health workers and next of kin in case of an emergency.

Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunity

My cousin owns a special hire vehicle at Mulago hospital and transports patients, mainly maternal mothers to and from the hospital. When he is preoccupied with other arrangements, I take over. This has enabled me to interact with many maternal mothers for 3 years. Through our numerous conversations, the majority mention the challenge of transfer to and from the hospital for periodic antenatal and delivery services being expensive. They borrow money for such services as their husbands either have less or no money at hand when the need arises. Lack of information on nutrition, antenatal services and facilities nearest to them was also some of the major hindrances. This gave birth to Maisha.

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

Maternal mothers in urban and peri-urban areas who will be able to use our mobile application to access the community emergency motorcycle ambulance services and insurance initiative nearest to them.

Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?

The community motorcycle ambulance services will be easily accessible by all the maternal mothers in need. It is cheaper than using special hire vehicles and taxis or a regular boda-boda with no ambulance carriage. It is faster in terms of patient transfer and the mobile application monitors pregnancy and provides useful information for an enjoyable 9 months of pregnancy.

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

Uganda National Ambulance Services, Pulse, Safe Boda,

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

The application has partly been developed and the second phase is yet to be initiated.

How will you financially sustain your business?

We shall have 2 payment plans. Plan A for direct payment for the transportation service depending on the distance traveled, Plan B is an insurance plan where a maternal mother can enroll and pay a monthly fee of shs. 7,000 for transportation to and from the health facilities. This fee charged will be essential in sustaining the business.

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

N/A

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?

Onyuth Howard: Data management, programmer passionate about maternal and neonatal health Hashim Nyabuyobo: Biologist and programmer passionate about maternal health

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

Siminyu Deogratious: Teacher with 3 years experience in child health and education

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

Onyuth Howard Hashim Nyabuyobo Siminyu Deogratious

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