Opportunity AreaHow might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??
The proposed title of your ideam-SCAN
Please describe your idea.m-SCAN is an innovative approach that seeks to use smart device technology, ultrasound and the power of IT in solving maternal emergencies
What problem does your idea solve in the market?According to WHO report 2015 on maternal health, every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. In Uganda, 19 mothers in 10,000 women die due to maternal complications. The m-SCAN shall be able to detect intra-uterine risk factors that would lead to death e.g. severe oligohydramnios, nuchal cords, cervical shortening, fetal congenital anomalies such as spina bifida. With these detected early enough, we shall plan for safe delivery and hence save many mothers.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityFrom my elective rotations in Gulu district, there is limited access to ultrasound machines with many women getting complications that would have been ruled out from the scans, with the only machines serving the entire Gulu and three surrounding districts, resulting into excess load at the Radiology unit at the main hospitals in Gulu i.e. at St. Mary's Hospital Lacor and Gulu referral hospital. The limitation of personnel that use ultrasound scans is amass, through such innovation, it will be coupled with training of midwives hence increasing the access to ultrasound scans at the lowest level.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Beneficiaries are expectant mothers mainly in rural areas living on less than 5000Ugx per day and mothers in urban setting.. They will have access to affordable ultrasound scans due to the ability for them to convert money for transport to big facilities into money for scanning, through the software component of the application, we hope to incorporate service providers such as those dealing in pampers, this will enable the women also buy baby products through the application.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?Expectant mothers with obstetrical complications travel long distances to access such ultrasound services, through converting such transport fares into money for scans and saving the expectant mothers from travelling long distances, this will help address emergency issues among expectant mothers such as severe oligohydramnios.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?The current competitors are the available ultrasound scanning facilities around the country. However, we wish to make the m-SCAN cheaper and available.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have done a survey among medical workers on the m-SCAN idea and how it can come in handy in addressing maternal issues. From the survey, doctors in rural areas face challenges addressing maternal complications that would be diagnosed using ultrasound scans. They wish such services would be available in rural areas and some urban areas, this would prevent obstetrics complications.
How will you financially sustain your business?Mothers will pay a subscription fee of about 2000 Ugx for every scan done. The software designed and hardware shall be sold to health facilities. Different companies such as those dealing in pampers can advertise on the software for the available services, and pay a subscription to run advertisements on the application.
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamhttps://www.facebook.com/menyo.innocent/videos/1043141405830964/
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?Menyo Innocent, fourth year medical student pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Medical Radiography. Will the the Principal Investigator on the team to mobilise the software design to fit the standard radiological definitions. Will work to seek partners on board in the field of Radiology. Ahimbisibwe Prosper, fifth year medical student of Medicine and Surgery at Makerere University. Will oversee the design of the application and hardware to keep it more human-centered. He will also set out the approximation definitions for fetal abnormalities as seen on the mSCAN on the app. He will also be in charge of training of the medical users of the app like medical interns, nurses, midwives and more.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Kyomuhendo Phyllis, a fourth year medical student of Radiography at Makerere University. She will jointly work with the P.I to come up with radiological guidelines for the app. Nasasira Ivan is a final year student of Information System at Makerere. He'll design the software application.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Menyo Innocent Ahibisibwe Prosper Nasasira Ivan Kyomuhendo Phyllis