Opportunity AreaHow might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??
The proposed title of your ideamama pharm (m-Pharm)
Please describe your idea.An application that helps pregnant and nursing mothers get their drugs delivered to their homes and remember immunisation dates.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?Pregnant mothers can hardly move from place to place in search of medications. It is very important for the foetus health that the mothers receive preventive (prophylactic) medication and nutritional supplements. Many mothers however miss the timing for their medications and report to the health centres late . This is further complicated by the fact that the not all the supplies are easily accesible. Instructions given to mothers for medications are easily lost to memory. They may take medication that is not safe for their kids because they are not able to connect to pharmacists.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityWorking as an intern in a pharmacy next to owino, i noticed that pregnant mothers rarely buy their medication. Someone always has to buy their medication and deliver it to them. Many times the people sent are not sure Working as an intern doctor in kabong, I realised mothers walk into the health centers months after their dose of medication is due. They claim that they forgot
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Pregnant and nursing mothers not able to move from place to place will have drugs delivered to their doorsteps from registered pharmacies . They will be able to access instructions offered by the doctors and pharmacists. Emergency medicines for troublesome conditions like zinc, Oral re-hydration salts will be available on demand 24 hours a day.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?with the current trend of shoping online, we want to be the leading providers of health online . by use of USSD, we shall be able to reach out to mothers without smartphones .
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?pharmacies have a numbers that people can call for drugs. in case of the pharmacy is not working, it is hard to deliver the drugs. MAMAPHARM is special in that it contracts pharmacies open 24 hrs a day and connects you to the nearest available pharmacy. The SSega app is an app in development that gives a directory of prices of drugs in certain pharmacies. Mama Pharm gives interaction with a pharmacist .it gives the mother a human experience.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have talked to pharmacists that think it is a practical idea. We learned that we had to include USSD access for people without s We shall charge a percentage of sells through the application.
How will you financially sustain your business?We shall charge a percentage of sells through the application. we shall also charge for advertisements on the app.\
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamhttps://www.facebook.com/menyo.innocent/videos/1043120669166371/
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?Benjamin Bimanywaruhanga Bpharmacy IV makerere University; Entreprenuer that has been involved in startups since 2011. A street smart laptop repair techinician with the motivation of a hungry lion. He is the holder of the Uganda Pharmacists students association innovation award Agaba Denis Bachelor of medicine and surgery IV makerere Univesity. A marketeer and seasoned lobbyist is the former chair of joint International students conference with connections in the ministry of health and the United nations.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Victoria Philomena Nakimbowa : fine art student . Fine artist and graphics designer: Role : Graphics designing Dos santos Ankomisyani: Bachelor of medicine and surgery: President Rotaract club of mulago: role : project coordinator Victoria Nakawooya a technology and programming fanatic
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Dos santos Ankomisyani Agaba Denis Benjamin Bimanywaruhanga victoria Nakimbowa