Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideaYAPS - Youth Advisory Peer-to-Peer Services
Please describe your idea.YAPS will provide counseling (advisory services) and information to both adolescents and youth in their most convenient and friendly manner.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?It has been revealed that more than five young people worldwide are affected by Sexual and Reproductive Health problems including infection of HIV/ AIDS Eaton et al. (2003). This is because adolescents are frequently reluctant to seek sexual and reproductive health services (SRH). YAPS will help provide this information to the youths with a lot of ease and provide the counseling services from fellow peers through sharing experiences and experts through answering queries raised by the peers using this application.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityAfter working with UNICEF on the Youth Bill that was supposed to pass by 2016, i met a lot of youths who didn't know anything about there rights, the adolescents who didn't have any idea about effects of SRH to there lives yet they were living testimonies of these effects. With the use of resources provided by YIYA Foundation to our Group Icon256 BLISS, we started to develop an all round application that will help educate youths on the effects of SRH and advise them on the way they can avoid the effects.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?The beneficiaries are Youths all over the world who are daily being victims of SRH problems.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?From the report on Mobile phone usage in Uganda and its growing rate written at this address "http://www.internetworldstats.com/af/ug.htm", i have to believe that with YAPS in place i the next 2 years, the number of youths that will be saved from problems of SRH will be at 70% more that the usual number. Youths of late use mobile media communication more than they eat, or drink which makes it a better way of providing information on SRH to them. I believe YAPS will solve the problem.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?U-Report is am SMS platform by UNICEF that helps communities air out challenges they face in their regions and help is provided to them. The major barrier for U-Report is that they users are limited to particular languages and its not engaging. With YAPS, the youths will be given a chance to share there experiences and in turn receive advise from both fellow peers and experts in those different fields. Yaps will also be able to keep records of which problems are common in the different areas and help find a way to stop them. We also hope we can join hand with U-Report to interlink these two platforms in order to widen the gap of coverage as first as possible.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?I have worked with UNICEF on U-Report platform and have seen the effect it has in the different communities. As per the YAPS application, We haven't had a chance to launch because of challenges of funds and resources, but it is still under development to attain perfection. With U-Report, the feedback was positive but with a few challenges and these challenges are the ones we are addressing in the YAPS application to give the best experience to all classes of users on the system.
How will you financially sustain your business?We hope to cover a big gap/number of youths around the world (concentrating more on Uganda). This will give us ground to be able to reach a big number of people at a time thus we can use this to an advantage by providing advertising services to the different organizations which want to pass down information to the youths at a fair cost in turn helping us sustain the running of the application. We shall also be welcoming donations from different well wishers by using the links we have the prominent organizations at the time and we are hoping that more well wishers will get on board.
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?Henry Kwaibwe - CEO Icon256 BLISS, studied Accounts and Finance at Nkumba University. He is an grown body with a young and youthful spirit. Helps us stay in line as youths. Joshua Nabuka - Cooperate Secretary Icon256 BLISS, studied Software Engineering at Makerere University. He is a self motivated and ambitious young man, open minded and easy to work with. Kennedy Akena - Programs Manager Icon256 BLISS, studied Software Engineering at Makerere University. He is a self motivated and focused programmer. loves his work. Simon Lubangakene - Chief technical officer Icon256 BLISS, studied Software Engineering at Makerere University. Shevena Ruth - Marketing director Icon256 BLISS, studied Project planning and management science at Makerere University. Hard working, strong willed, focused and vibrant lady.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Daniel Okot - Research and development manager Icon256 BLISS, studied Software Engineering at Makerere University. Best researcher have worked with. Christine Nsimire - Projects manager Icon256 BLISS, studied Software Engineering at Makerere University. She is bold, upfront, young and vibrant lady.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Joshua Nabuka, Okot Daniel and Simon Lubangakene