Opportunity AreaHow might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??
The proposed title of your ideaMaternal Health Transport Package (MHTP)
Please describe your idea.Making community realize the need to invest in their own health by making use of their welfare savings for transport to health facility.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?In the long run it will solve the issue of transportation to and from the facility, minor expenses on drugs due to stock-outs. This will serve mainly women in organized respective saving groups in different villages who save normally to borrow from the savings along this saving, they should also carry along with them health welfare savings which will be like a form of health insurance. YIBUDO will guide them on how the money will be used through their group representatives. The end result will be that their transport costs to facility has been catered for preventing catastrophic spending.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityThe need in the community has been identified through narratives, observation and interaction with both patients and healthcare providers. Many health initiative like antenatal services, safe delivery, family planning and reproductive issues targeting women have registered very minimal success since the services are available in health facility, yet accessing these services is limited due to distance to health centers. The opportunity is that women make up the biggest number in saving schemes in villages and yet they cannot access timely health services. Providing them with transport means, will ensure timely access for health services and increased demand for better health care services.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?All women who are part of a Village Saving and Loan Schemes (VSLA), children below 5years. Since transport to health facilities has not only limited many from accessing timely health services but seen many try alternative health services from native healers, mother will be transported to and from freely. Through paying welfare package that facilitates transport, it will lead to reduction in prevalence, recurrence of illnesses, and promote timely antenatal and hospital visits in case of sickness
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?We piloted the proposed project to three VSLA groups in Northern Uganda and one in Masindi, we were able get very promising results with positive responses from the women who save for welfare up-to date. We have no doubt that our idea was and will continue to be embraced not only by mothers but men as well as long as they are saving VSLA. Health education during every Saving date will be incorporated since they miss out from health facilities, personnel are over stretched attending to patient
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?Non Governmental Organization, community based organizations, Government aided initiatives provide such initiatives at the health facility and therefore transport to the facilities has never been thought of. Our approach lies in bringing on board beneficiaries who are consumers to those services from the health facilities and increase demand, therefore by ensuring that community members have transport guarantee, it simply mean we are increasing the demand and access to maternal health service something that other have not looked into. So far there is not such initiative around other than collaborations with other health initiatives. The only initiative near to ours is that some organization have put motorcycles in health facility that are used in emergency situation of which once broken down patients care givers have to go for catastrophic spending and therefore our model remains the best where economically empowered women will always save for sustainability of the transport project.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We piloted it with 4 VSLA groups of which they adopted and now some call it welfare saving with remarkable output in these groups. Allow me to share with you an example which has touched my life. Joyce's two years old has gotten high fever with high temperature after she got back from the garden late evening at 1830hrs. She wants to rush to the health facility yet no money for transport (Boda boda) or treatment once at the health facility. She goes to the neighbor unfortunately they can hardly help. Joyce being a beneficiary from VSLA in her community rushes to the treasury who operates petty cash which is reimbursed weekly after their weekly savings schedules. Joyce is able to get transport and rush the child to the health facility for medication without delay.So once the money has been taken it is repaid through saving for welfare and not just the usual savings as VSLA So the members no longer walk long distances on foot but are transported to the health facility, this equally.
How will you financially sustain your business?The issue of sustainability is very important for any project or program as per our proposed project, we seek to have a fixed annual membership fee for every new member at an affordable rate of 5,000 and can as well be paid in installments or in full amount. This money will be in the organization account to help in the the day to day operations and maintenance of the motorcycle that will be used in transportation. Also the aspects of emergency loans with low interest rates for members out of which we shall be able to gain the interest from it and asset loans like iron sheets which will improve their housing conditions with other Agriculture inputs to improve their work in the field, also to allow them have food security for their families. Inputs like insecticides, sprayer, seeds which will be paid either weekly or after the sale of crops. Since there will be weekly deposit for transport and the use of the motorcycle for Boda boda money, the Boda money will sustain us.
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamN/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?Obol sunday Jimmy is a Medical Anthropologist graduate to be, a degree holder in Environmental health Sci, Having worked in rural community as a community health worker realized how challenging it was for people to go to the health facility while sick, the situation is worse with mothers who at times end up delivering on the road side to the facility, or postponding a child sickness because they are equally weak to trek long distance. Ageno Fiona Hope is a Social Works graduate Our goal as YIBUDO founder is for an entrepreneurial economically empowered and self sustaining youth generation with this Women health care package as an initiative for health for rural women involved in VSLA to see to a better health
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Kilama samuel, is a graduate in Medical Anthropology and a degree holder in Quantitative Economics he has worked as loan officer in micro finance institution dealing with borrowing and saving Mbabazi Natasha Diana is an Information Technology graduate whose role is in marketing and coordination.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Obol Sunday Jimmy Ageno Hope Fiona Kilama Samual Mbabazi Natasha Diana