Enhancement of Access to Vaccinations to pastoralists’ children living in marginalized areas in Kenya (M-Vaccine™)

Enhancement of Access to Vaccinations to pastoralists’ children living in marginalized areas in Kenya (M-Vaccine™)

Nairobi, KenyaNarok, Kenya
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Special Children Foundation is an NGO that is dedicated to supporting children with special needs. It also reduces avoidable disability i.e polio

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Children's health has been affected due to missing of vaccines, this problem is severe amongst the pastoralists as they are always on the move as they search for water and pastures for their livestock.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

M-vaccine will enhance accessibility to the mandatory vaccines by tracking vaccines undertaken, reminding parents when vaccines are due, this will also help the doctors to identify vaccines taken in case of information loss by parents. The program will reduce the occurrence of preventable diseases such as polio
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The model will help both the parents and doctors to track mandatory vaccines for their children. The program will make a difference in the following ways; - Replacing paper cards which are easily lost with e-vaccination cards, - Mvaccine will take advatage of the penetration amongst the population including the pastoralists - Mvacines will provide a database (heath database) which can be queried through a simple SMS The Mvaccine will work in the following logic -A mother gives birth -The birth is registered by a nurse if it happens in a hospital or by a social worker if it happens at home -Upon registration of the birth, an m-vaccine account is created, the mandatory vaccines are booked with specific dates, - The parent is taught on how to use the simple m-vaccine system, an appropriate language is selected for the parent - When a vaccine is due alerts are sent as appropriate i.e 3 days, 2 days, 1 day and due day - If the vaccine is missed an alert is sent to both the hospital and the mother, - Once a vaccine is taken the system is booked in the system, the virtual system updates accordingly - If a mother looses the phone or details, he just goes/calls to the hospital and the details are restored - If a mother migrates, he just needs to present her unique number and the system downloads all the details, - The paperless cards will be replaced.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Competitors - Paper card printers Others working in the need - NGOs undertaking vaccination campaigns Difference with other providers -Providing a mobile phone application that is cost effective Challenges - Language (Local language coding will be done) - Illiteracy (Voice reminders will be incorporated)

Founding Story

AHA, most parents going for children vaccines usually loose their vaccines paper cards, forget dates, forget dates of last vaccines, and even forget the name of last vaccine. Mobile phone based vaccine will work a miracle!
About You
Special Children Foundation (SCF)
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Special Children Foundation (SCF)

Organization Country

, RV, Narok

Country where this project is creating social impact

, RV, Nairobi

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The program seeks to enhance access to mandatory vaccinations to more than 2,000 children born of the pastoralist families. Once successful the program will be replicated to other areas in the country.

The ultimate goal is to replace the paper immunization cards which have been vulnerable loss, weather and misplacement.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

This program aims at enhancing access to mandatory vaccinations to more than 2,000 children born of the pastoralist families. Once successful the program will be replicated to other areas in the country.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

The first year is the testing phase one successful the program will be replicated in other areas in the country. Its hopped that the m-vaccine will be scaled up in year two once piloting is finalized. From here the system will be fully commercial and the system will be adopted by most health facilities.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers expected includes;
a) language: The system will be available in swahili and local languages where appropriate
b) Illiteracy: Voice reminders will be Incorporated for those who cannot read

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

M-system Logic development

Task 2

Pilot tests

Task 3

Final system development

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Locals mobilization

Task 2

Pilot testing for 1,000 children

Task 3

Pilot testing for 2,000 children

Tell us about your partnerships

The program will partner with local hospitals especially government clinics. traditional birth attendants and Netmart Enterprises which is an ICT firm specializing in development of mobile phone applications.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

The program is first targeting pastoralists' children who are highly mobile due to their mobility. Later the program will move to slums and finally the general populations.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Operating environment required;
- Peace and integration amongst the pastoralists
- Cooperating amongst the test population,
- Peaceful 2012 election

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