Explain what the "innovation" is about, e.g., is it the idea and/or the model you use to accomplish the idea, or your understanding of the target population, etc.?
Health education through shades, now uses available public avenues to create awareness about critical health challenges at the time. We started by building shades, whci we used as health education avenues. Our health education is now in te rural areas where access to information utilities is lacking.
We are offered land by the community, we put up a health education facility, te community take care of the facility, we also penetrate the village communities with more health education, like about cervical cancer screening, HIV and direct the clients to the health facilities.
We have contructed 15 shades and targeted 12000 people in the past 12 months, we are now seeking to purchase public address systems to channel populations to the health facilities.Our belief is that, people need to be socially mobilised into seeking health behaviour. They need to be screened early for cervical and breast cancer, they eed to be tested for HIV... and consequently learn to stay healthy.
Describe how your innovation model is distinct from any other organization in your field?
Our model is supported by the communities. We establish a long lasting partnership with the community, because they give us land and materials. We build a facility that enables us to come back in the community and display health education information. we believe that, the health system, needs t be kept busy, by the prevention approach. We are strugling to establish a preventive approach to health other than the tradtionally curative approach. Our initiative now focusses on moving to the communities, to preach preventive health. Just go to the health facility, and have yourself examined, is our message
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
We have a team of committed volunteers who are always ready to work with, but we are also connected to Village Health Teams located in 39 sub counties where we have reached. The members from the village health teams, assist us in establishing the national health strategic direction. Our intervention, is in line with Global, regiona natoonall and local health direction. We work in very rural communities, which are deprived and do not easily have access to preventive health information.
How do you make sure you constantly innovate in light of (potential) external challenges, or your growth plan?
As 'Shades For Health', we are committed to innovation. We started out as shades for health, but we have since evolved into an environmental health initiative. We are planting fruit trees as sources of Vitamin C, but also reducing smoky stoves wood charcoal, as a prevention agaisnt breast cancer. Our apporach is multi directions, and we are contsntaly taking up, anything that works. We are usin the environment and a strategy to improve our health, but we are also concerned about the traditional health needs. People need information, information is power.