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Tiyatien Health is a Changemaker

Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.

Join Our Hands Initiative(JOHIN)

This project aims at empowering under 27 years old girls working in cabarets, hotels and night clubs on HIV/AIDS, Reproductive health and related services and practice safer sexual behavior including condom use and Voluntary Counseling and Testing as strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

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Theodora Anavhe Adamu Foundation (TAAF)

Women in Nigeria do not need to die out of avoidable pregnancy and child birth complications. Maisha save a mother's life aims to create awareness to women of reproductive age 13-45 on safe motherhood and also advocacy on health system strengthening through the use of social documentary photography.

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Theodora Anavhe Adamu Foundation (TAAF)

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Maisha

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Year founded

2013

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Not registered

Organization Country

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

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Women in Nigeria do not need to die out of avoidable pregnancy and child birth complications. Maisha save a mother's life aims to create awareness to women of reproductive age 13-45 on safe motherhood and also advocacy on health system strengthening through the use of social documentary photography.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

babies grew up with the love of their biological mother's in Nigeria, would terrorism reduce?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria remains one of the 10 most dangerous countries in the world for any woman to give birth in. A significant number of these deaths occur in the rural areas and a major cause of these death is ignorance. Women are not aware of the need to attend skilled care during and after pregnancy due to some cultural beliefs and even poverty. On the other hand, health systems in Nigeria lack proper equipment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

4uture mumz is a campaign I'll be flagging off in 20 secondary schools in Abuja. It’s never too early to start teaching children about the importance of good maternal health. The aim of this school campaign is to get 120 4uture mumz ambassadors from 20 different schools in Abuja who will be mentored and encouraged to start safe motherhood clubs or help desks in their schools. These clubs or help desks will also provide services by a youth based counselor (below age of 35) which includes peer education programs all in the bid to promote reproductive health education even on safe motherhood awareness. At the end of the school campaigns, there'll be a final event called 4uture mumz speak where children use theater to talk about safemotherhood

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

I personally believe that children need to know about the issues of maternal health and safe mother hood and the consequences of not practicing it as maternal death does not just affect the women alone but also the children and how these children turn up in the society. I remember the first time I ever saw my dad cry was when I was about 4 years old; he had just received news that his niece had died. She was expecting a baby and she and the baby died due to pregnancy complications. Few years down the line when I got to high school, news came that Zara-a friend of ours mum had died during child birth. I had not the slightest clue of what pregnancy complications was or what safe motherhood was all about until death came knocking in my family.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

One of the UN Committee on Population & Development (2012), to young people include: exercise of the right to health. The sad news is that even as a graduate, I didn’t have the slightest clue of what pregnancy complications were. I am not alone in this, as I have spoken with so many young ladies who do not have a clue about what pregnancy complications are and what safe mother hood entails. Nigeria is a country where far too many women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Unfortunately, many of our school children know this reality firsthand – having experienced the death of a female relative or friend due to maternal causes but has never been taught about it. One way I have chosen to teach the children on this subject is through challenging them to use the skills theater to stand for safe mother hood in their schools, families and communities.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Some of the strategies I'll use is to develop a curriculum I'll use for the school campaigns in conjunction with Ministry of Art and Culture, Ministry of education, Ministry of health and Ministry of women affairs. Reducing maternal death in Nigeria isn't just a personal goal but also a National and international goal. This can be seen by the commitment Nigeria has made in international agreements, notably in the ICPD Program of Action (1994). The commitment of the Ministry will be to ensure that they replicate these safe motherhood clubs in schools in all the 36 States of the Federation.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Maisha kitchen and café will b run by pregnant women who will be trained by dieticians and chefs. The idea is that the women learn to eat healthy, exercise well, at the same time; the women get skills to help them start their own businesses. This kitchen will be open to the public and proceeds from the kitchen will help sustain our project.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Mother's Delivery Kit is trying to address the same problem but with different approaches and in different locations. Mine deals with empowerment through education and awareness for I believe that when women are empowered, they are able to make wise decisions regarding their reproductive health even their maternal health.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I still remember sweet memories of I and my sister as we discussed about the arrival of her baby. Too bad she never lived to witness this day as she died on the 17/12/12 out of avoidable pregnancy complications. After wallowing for almost a year in depression, I drew strength from the pain I suffered to help other women especially women from marginalized communities who might never have the opportunities my sister had. I see a community where women of reproductive age 13-40 years give birth and are in good health to nurse their babies. I see a community where in every hospital, clinic or primary health centre there are qualified health personnel and well-equipped infrastructure to serve the communities’ health needs.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Odion Anavhe is a graduate of Plant Science and Biotechnology from Nasarawa State University Keffi, Nigeria, and has been into active social development work since 2008. She coordinated a youth group called Youth with a Purpose (YWAP) as an undergraduate where she helped young people develop their gifts and use it positively in their communities and by so doing cut down the rate of crime and violence in the society. She is a trained peer educator

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

kanthari participant (www.kanthari.org), I was recognized as one of the young Africans to represent the African Union in the African youth's day held in the AU headquarters.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I learnt about this competition through a fellow participant

Tell us about your partnerships:

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Abuja community development service (CDS) group is a partner. Most of our volunteers will be from the CDS group. kanthari is an organization that equips and develops leaders with skills to start up social ventures around the world. I have benefited from their training and mentor-ship classes.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

One of the challenge I'll have is getting the approval of the senior secondary education board (SEB) on time to start the school campaigns. What I plan to do is to get a recommendation from the Ministry of women affairs and Ministry of health to help facilitate the process.

Strengthening Local System in HIV and AIDS Prevention and Treatment Through Community-Based Organizations

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Surabaya
Indonesia
7° 16' 29.2368" S, 112° 44' 4.7796" E

This annual survey undertaken by Yayasan Ekspresi Warna (Expression of Color), a male-to-female transgender organization based in Surabaya (Indonesia)  found that there was significant positive impact in HIV prevention and treatment through the works of community-based organizations (CBOs). Waria (an Indonesian term for male-to-female transgender) is one of most at risk populations because most of them are sex workers and sexually active; and most of them are not exposed to health issue.

Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

Locally processed fortified foods by QSI Togo from maize, soya, peanut, cassava, rice , sugar named MAIVIT, MAIVIT PLUS, SUPERMAIVIT, SUCRIVIT, KULVIT, have been successful products brands in Togo .They are distributed to children infected by HIV and have entered international food aids programme

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Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

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Processing Cereals-legumes-tubers + fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Togo, LOME

Country where this project is creating social impact

Togo, LOME

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Locally processed fortified foods by QSI Togo from maize, soya, peanut, cassava, rice , sugar named MAIVIT, MAIVIT PLUS, SUPERMAIVIT, SUCRIVIT, KULVIT, have been successful products brands in Togo .They are distributed to children infected by HIV and have entered international food aids programme

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Nutritional and health status of most vulnerable like women, children, refugees, HIV/TB/EBOLA patients were improved?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Anemia, child blindness, goita, High sugar blood, diabete2, Congenital malformations , birth defects ; physical and mental impairments, child stunting, low resistance to disease (TB, HIV, EBOLA,..) are due to lack of sufficient amounts of nutrients in the food and high aflatoxin crops contamination-Few local agriculture crops less than 10% are processed and food fortification not also largely applied. Lack of nutritional education is a barrier

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Increasing micronutrients content in foods by fortification meaning adding vitamins and minerals to them during processing and or biofortification is one of the most cost -effective strategy to fight against malnutrition. This is acheavable by combining afltoxin mitigation through aflasafe technologie which use biological control of non poison producing strains called atoxigenic to fight poison producing called toxigenic.The practice is introduced for the first time in Togo . For example combining Fonio-Gari-Maize-sweat potatoe to produced a typicall flour fortified with micronutrients for diabetes 2 and Improving quality of fortified corn soja blend by adding baobab fruits to increase bio availability of iron are our innovations.

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

Our fortified staple foods are being in used since 2012 to strengthen nutritional support as part of an integral and comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS/TB helping to maintain the immune system and sustain healthy levels of physical activity. UNHCR and Togo Association for Family Well Being are using them to support nutrition of vulnerable very sick refugees in the camps in Lome with very satisfactory results : 2 weeks were sufficient for weaken people to regain weight and go back to their activities. The same was applied by 'Action Contre le Sida" and 'Fondation de France/Fondation Marc" to give nutritional care to people living with HIV in Lomé with also great satisfaction.Today they are used for food aids and assistance with Global Funds

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Women could recognized fortified foods when purchasing foods through food fortification logo on our products packaging because we are sensitizing them. Nutritional status and health of women, children, HIV and TB patients have been improved. Learning capabilities and working abilities of children and adults have increased.
Contribute in achieving WHO/Unicef Global target 2025 to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition as :1 Stunting :40% reduction in the number of children under 5 who are stunted -2 Anaemia Iron deficiency anaemia :50% reduction of anaemia in women of reproductive age -3 Low birth weight: 30% reduction in low birth weight -4 Overweight :no increase inchildhood overweight 5 Breastfeeding: increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months up to at least 50% -6 Wasting .Severe acute malnutrition reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less 5%

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are looking to expand production capacity from 2 TPD to 100 TPD for the next 5 years including installation of a new extrusion plant to produce state-of-art fortified foods from crops produced exclusively in Aflasafe treated lands and strengthening social marketing activities. Additional funding of about 1,200 000$ is needed. Increasing production will be linked to improving packaging with more modern, suitable and attractive design.Better nutrition for all in West Africa associating fortified foods will help to fight Ebola + others infectious diseases(WHO,Unicef, WFP, 2014)

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Primary financing is from owner since 2009 estimated 666,667$ and he will continue putting fresh money. Sale revenue especially from tenders won from Global Funds and other food assistance programmes and profit generated will enable part of expansion and scaling up activities. Additional funding is requested through assistance from regional authorities ECOWAS and National as well as borrowing from Root Capital, Innovare, Koweit Agriculture Funds

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Competitiveness: Our fortified CSB MAIVIT PLUS is produced at high quality and lower cost 500 CFA/400 g compare to 500 CFA/400g non fortified corn soja blend produced by competitor or fortified cereals from NESTLE 120:0 F CFA/400g .MAIVIT PLUS is the unique complementary feeding flours blend containing malt which make porridge more energetic. Our Fortified Fonio-Maize -Gari-sweet potatoe Flours blend (MAIVIT NDD ) is specially designed for diabetes 2 patients and is unique on the market and sold 1200 CFA/2.5 kg compare 900 CFA/2.5kg non fortified maize flour from competitor ETG.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

QSI SARL TOGO had its humble beginnings in 2009 with Togo Association for Fighting against Hunger and Malnutrition, an association founded in 1992 by Albert TCHAMDJA. In spite of recommendations of WHO and Ministry of Health for staple food fortification, nobody is taking initiative in the country to do something. At beginning Mr Albert TCHAMDJA used his personal savings to carried out this activities. In 201I he created QSI with 10,000$ capital where he owned 80% and 20% given to his wife and friends . The most working capital is provided by Albert TCHAMDJA who has given his land and buildings, car for the small factory, invest his time for new product design and development, advertizing without any financial support from anywhere.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Albert KM. TCHAMDJA, CEO, Food Industries Engineer, Food fortification specilaist, Business Administration, Production Management, Full time, President of Board members
Agba Mabissaa : Food Process engineer and quality control, Factory and General Operation manager, full time
Gavor Adjoa Kate, Biologist, Part time, Board member*
Gaossou Nifade, Accountant, Business Administration, part time, Board member
Wiyoou P.Eglou, Accountant, Full time

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

TWO AWARDS for their first editions 2013/2014 in Togo WON BY QSI for the Project implemented since 2009: “Promotion of local agriculture products mainly cereals, legumes and tubers through processing, food fortification with micronutrients and aflatoxins mitigation to fight against malnutrition in Africa”
1. WIN -WIN ENTERPRISE AWARDS 'THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT'- by TOGO NATIONAL AGENCY PROMOTING SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTREPRISES
“Agence Nationale de Promotion, de Garantie et de Financement des PME/PMI (ANPGF)

2. TOGO BUSINESS AWARDS -THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT –by the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF TOGO

Where have you learnt about the competition?

website by google search 'social entreprise awards'

Tell us about your partnerships:

QSI has entered into strong national and international public-civic- private partnership in improving nutrition and has participated and served as expert group member for WHO/FAO/WFP meetings
QSI got support from HKI, GAIN, BASF, FFI, DSM-FORTITECH to carry out his staple food fortification program in Togo. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)/Ibandan is supporting QSI to implement biological control of aflatoxin on crops.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

3 main challenges : N°1. Lack of nutrition knowledges/Nutritional education of population: we have social marketing plan which is being carried on (awareness and sensitization of women and children around hospital, markets, public places, schools, radio, TV, promotion of food fortification logo,..N°2: High aflatoxin's crops contamination: introduction of biological control through aflasafe technology/ N°3 : Produce fortified foods at low cost : blend local agriculture products together and use few micronutrients powders as well as purchasing crops directly from small farmers

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Emmanuel

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Omuya

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Open Community Organization

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Community Care Project

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Nairobi

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Open Community Organization-Kenya (OCO-KENYA), is a Christian humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization.
This Project is one of its programs to steer and expand its work and to realize its objectives of social work,care and community development.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

The world is changed positively whereby hope is always needed to inject confidence, certainty and revival of the lost glory and the society reco

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

This Project aims to steer and expand its work and to realize its objectives of social work and care which are to sensitize the community in general about the dangers and implication of HIV/AIDS through drama, film shows, charitable walks, seminars and Provision of Medicines, promoting the well being for the People Living with Aids .

In making it on move, this initiative intends to solve the empathetic broken hearted life style

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Given the disparities in wealth/health distribution in Kenya as a case example, the vision is to bridge the disadvantages associated with food distribution and medicine provision to the affected persons e.g. HIV positive victims and above all provides shelter to the needy many. The organization holds to realize the foresaid vision through and with community participatory strategy so that the mission of psychological capacity building and awareness is met with fewer struggles.

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

On aspects of social impacts, this project is and will restore the lost glory, hope and inject confidence to those who stand on the road as victims. It also intends to reverse the trend by making HIV/Aids and Aids ant-campaign strategy through enhanced awareness of the existence of HIV/Aids in the society today.
It intends to create advocacy center using victims as tools in relaying the information of correct approach and also widening the net cover so that mass number may be reached at to qualify to meet the standards of being the meaningful tape record.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

On aspects of social impacts, this project is and will restore the lost glory, hope and inject confidence to those who stand on the road as victims. It also intends to reverse the trend by making HIV/Aids and Aids ant-campaign strategy through enhanced awareness of the existence of HIV/Aids in the society today.
Within its infant infrastructures, the Project through Open Community Organization targets to serve over 200 families every year in Kenya and projects to make entry beyond borders within the East African Region

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Involving the beneficiary to be at the fore front of the project management means that, the long term results is to be colourful in the sense that the bottom line projects funded through this Organization will stand in to be self financed if astituted take in creativity, good management towards group managed projects down the line will take the lead. With capacity build up trainings, victims will take charge of themselves and as well help others across the world through multiplier effects.
This means, the beneficiaries will among other things be the trainers and advocates of habit change.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Sustainability remains the asserted effort of achievement to be realized in terms of networking, internal management towards project initiated and above all the extra injections of experts, skills by the managers in secondary levels up to the leader. With proceed from the successful internal arrangements, we hope to invest in sustainability vehicles of investment in the most transparent and accountable manner of arrangements with all involved.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

On the side of progress, the project is one of its kind and the plan is to win the vulnerable broken hearted and suffering mankind both directly and indirectly around by conducting several workshops and seminars to counsel and educate them on the issues of HIV/Aids.
In making the project runs more effectively once its main challenge of financial stability gained. It will involve more and more people to help in reach out as its main target by networking globally and putting in more effort to those willing and interested in developing and improving life of many to be part of it.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

For the purpose of passion and burden I carry in my heart,This Idea was born in my spirit in the year 2012 and was confirmed in the year 2013.I hold to my heart the lovely work of seeing that all of us live a deserving life.Poor uplifted and underprivileged,youth and women empowered so that together we can climb the ladder of social change.
I love people and I love peace and my mission is to see that we all live at peace with less indifferent at all level be it physically,mentally,spiritually and socially.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Overall head of the departments
DIRECTOR

Field co-coordinator

Youth Empowerment

Administration

Internship

Peer Education

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

The Project is yet to receive an award or honor.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka Changemakers blog

Tell us about your partnerships:

I have been able to make some good contacts with potential well wishers, donors, partners and collaborators as well as investors both local and global. So far I have not gotten funding but will come as soon the Organization starts to run officially.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

I operate with very little from my savings and well wishers support, my family and friends who believe in what I do as a worthy cause. I also do carry out some income generating activities such as writing articles; I use at least 50% of all my earnings and contributions. At least 50% of what I generate from income activities and the rest from willing sponsors. I still face financial challenges given the fact that I‘m yet to have a reliable donors and partners.

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Telecare Uganda

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We are a health focused startup Holistically trying to address health
for mothers and children with heavy budden public health diseases like
TB through use of an application called antenatal truck.Our focus is
on millenium development goals 4,5 and 6 mainly Antenatal , post natal
,HIV

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Vincent Solomon

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Aliama

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Telecare Uganda

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Antenatal truck

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Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

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About us

We are a health focused startup Holistically trying to address health
for mothers and children with heavy budden public health diseases like
TB through use of an application called antenatal truck.Our focus is
on millenium development goals 4,5 and 6 mainly Antenatal , post natal
,HIV

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

eliminate mother to child infections, follow up and monitor HIV ,TB and mothers for holistic health, fostor support for HIV ,TB patients .

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Poor maternal health (Antenatal and post natal)
Poor public health and public health practices mainly with TB and reproductive health.
High HIV prevalence rate plus growing rate of new infections as a result of mother to child transmission.
High TB burden in Uganda
Poor follow up on HIV and TB patients.
High costs of medical consultation

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We offer a solution that has two users the web users mainly for NGO's , hospitals and Doctors and the mobile user mainly using text through sms and whatsup and a web end for the doctors, hospitals and NGOs.

Antenatal truck is aimed at helping promote electronic and Mobile
medicine extending the arm of tele-medicine and helping solve mdgs 4,5
and 6 as well as heavy burden Public health concerns through the following :
Follow up and monitor HIV patients , TB patients
Follow and monitor antenatal clients and post antenatal clients.
Find some level of support to HIV patients to ensure that they have a long life.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

I had a chat with several doctors about e-medical application in line with Antenatal in Uganda and she tells me non exists and that there is really great need for such a thing that helps patient trucking . That antenatal patients are never trucked or followed yet there are delicate in nature .

She tells me futher that most organisations working with AIDS patients do not follow up on them as well except for a few cases of TB.

This means the biggest number of TB and HIV and antenatal clients that go to government facilities are never followed up . The may be a huge number of people approximately two million people. (2,000,000) annually .

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

This project will impact the following
Health for women and follow up at antenatal and postnatal
Children and as well helping avoid new mother to child infections
Helping reduce the TB burden.
Helping reduce patient to doctor ratio and access to medical information as well helping the poor atttain medical attention at the cost of a text message avoiding consultation fees .
Helping to keep HIV patients healthy through follow up on their mobiles etc.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

This project aims at Seeing to it that you truck 40,000 (fourty thousand ) TB patients yearly , 1,500,000 (One million five hundriend thosand HIV patients ) and about amillion women and children could change the health of the citizens and relieve the strain on medical personal by reducing patient to doctor ratio, easing medical information dessemination and health for all .

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Partners 70%
Private hospital 10%
Self enrolled individuals ie HIV and TB mainly 5%
Private practitioners ie doctors . 15%

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

We hope to get support from our partners in running some of their activities .

We hope to market or sell the services to private hospitals aiming those who can afford to pay ie non goverment hospitals.

We as well hope to market it to individuals with HIV who wish to use the service without going to hospitals through patient self enrollment throught the web where they pay subscription .

We as well intend to get some money through subscription by doctors throught the provision of find adoctors that helps specialists advertise themselves to potential patients .

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

This project is founded by me and my co- founder Odongo Fredrick with who we currenlty work together.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Mr. Odongo Fredrick,
Mr. Benjamin Muganzi
Dr Betty
Dr. Carol

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Not yet

Tell us about your partnerships

We are yet to get full parners after we fully launch but hopeful partners include :
Baylor Uganda
Sustain
WHO
UNAIDS
The Clinton Health Access Initiative
Shanti Uganda
MJAP
Mildmay
UNICEF
Uganda cares
TASO ..

Generally orangisations dealing in HIV/AIDS , children and health related ones.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Full registration
Adation on government hospitals .
Traction across rural communities

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Its going to be an inspiration.
It helps in health sector improve .
As it grows it will provide employment to many more since it will run country wide and posible beyond.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

6-12, 13-17, 18-35, 36-64, 65+.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Community, Other.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men, Girls/Women, Other.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations

"Know Your Basics" Community Health Initiative

The "Know Your Basics: Beauty & Barbershop Health Initiative is to empower communities, families and individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellness so they can choose to live healthier Lifestyles. We do so by reaching out to men and women in trusted community settings.

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Helping U Know Your Basics by Going to the Barbershop & Beautyshop

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, CA, Inglewood

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles county

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The "Know Your Basics: Beauty & Barbershop Health Initiative is to empower communities, families and individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellness so they can choose to live healthier Lifestyles. We do so by reaching out to men and women in trusted community settings.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if Every Beauty & Barbershop was a Community Health Resource Center - Everyone would have resources

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

African Americans have the highest risk of manageable chronic diseases with limited access to resources within their communities. In most low income communities there is no access to groceries with fresh fruits and vegetables and no healthy restaurant alternatives. In addition due to limited healthcare facilities, individuals have to wait for hours to get medical help and decide to leave or not go at all because they don't want to loose a job.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

To provide additional educational and health access and resources in low income communities. To empower and encourage area residents and communities to know their basic health information and to promote the resources available within their communities. Help them communicate and share the information within their community in places where they are comfortable and spend time. Provide health screenings and access to Free programs that will help entire families to make lifestyle changes ultimately taking responsibility for their individual and their families health and well-being. To develop Resource Centers in local business that people frequent where they can have access to basic information and assistance.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

A person visits it local Beauty or Barbershop on a specific day and the shop has medical volunteers providing basic screenings such as Diabetes, BP, Cholestoral and HIV or STD Tests. A customer is hesitant, but the stylist encourages them to get a screening an because of the relationship with the stylist and comfort of being at a salon gets screened. They find their glucose is high, but has no insurance. The volunteer provides them with a Resource Guide listing the low cost.no cost clinics in their area to get health services. Also, the customer can get their glucose/BP checked each month to monitor if it has improved. There is also literature that is provided at the Wellness Station for Managing Diabetes and other diseases.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To develop on-going partnerships with Beauty & Barbershops especially in the low income areas that do not have access to care or resources.
to partner with medical schools that would adopt specific shops and provide the screenings each month. By doing this, it gives both the students and the schools a much needed community program which helps students learn to work within their communities.
Multiple partners working together and providing much needed services and resources as a collective body and not individually which will ultimately provide more services to the community. Educating Stylist and provided simple Health Tip Cards on specific chronic diseases that provide help and solutions for their customers. Having a local Resource Center in your neighborhood that could provide you Health and Wellness information on-going that impacts your ability to live a healthier lifestyle.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Turn 50 Shops into permanent Community Resource Centers in LA County
Provide ongoing health education & screenings each month in specific shops
Service & update shops with educational & resource materials monthly
Tie into National Health Initiatives to educate customers on basic health risk.
Provide and update a local Resource Guide Book
To have 500 stylist as partners year round promoting "Know Your Basic"
To reach, assist and educate 100,000 community residents annually.
Replicate this program Statewide to over 250 shops as resource centers.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Secured Sponsorship support from AHFoundation, PhRMA Caremore LA Care, Blue Cross of CA. Partnered with AHF, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Prostate Cancer Foundation. Currently working with MLK Com Hosp. in a 6 month project to expand the Resource Center Pilot in 25 Beauty & Barbershops, and Community Centers. In addition we are submitting on-going grants to further the development of the program.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are several organizations in multiple cities doing outreach in Beauty and barbershops, but usually it is a once a year community health event. There are several Barbershop Initiatives specifically for training barbers to take BP's and one that provides prostate screenings and outreach. However there are little or no specific Beauty Shop Programs and women make 85% of the household decisions. Also, know one is working with these shops to develop them into ongoing Community Resource Centers by partnering with the shops in a collaborative effort to help the community.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

While sitting in a black barbershop one day, the men around me were engaged in their typical conversation about sports, women, and politics. At one point in the conversation turned toward prostate disease, often pronounced "prostrate" in the barbershop. There were a number of comments flying back and forth, "prostate cancer killed my brother, father and uncle." "I lost my father to prostate cancer." It turns out that many of the men had relatives who were affected by prostate cancer and never discussed it. But men, while in the barbershop, are willing to talk. So, now we push them to talk about their health.

Women spend hours at the salon socializing discussing everything - Let's give them something to really talk about-their health.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Margo Wade LaDrew - Executive Director of the Black BeautyShop Health Initiative. Formerly the National Program Director for the National Black Barbershop Health Initiative. National Board Member for the National Council of Negro Women. Serves on the the following local Los Angeles Committees: American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen African American Committee.

We currently have over 200 volunteers to assist with the program.

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Starting in 2008, Dr Frencher, Assistant Professor-in-residence in the Department of Urology began engaging with the Greater Los Angeles community as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. After several presentations in the community at churches and in barbershops, he was introduced to Dr Bill Releford. Dr Releford had developed the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, with three specific goals: educate, screen and refer. Educate about healthy lifestyle choices; screen for diabetes and blood pressure; and refer to local health resources. Through Dr Frencher's engagement with the program, educating men about prostate cancer was added. Additionally, Dr Frencher worked to bring new community partners (e.g., Prostate Cancer Foundation, Prostate Health Education Network); resources ($2 million from a variety of funders); and visibility to the program through its nationwide tour. Through this partnership, Dr Frencher was able to in concert with community members, barbershops and research collaborators to conduct an investigator-initiated study of prostate cancer decision aids in barbershops. To date, the Black Barbershop Heath Outreach Program reached over 10,000 African American men and led to the development of an analogous program, Black Beautyshop Foundation. Dr Frencher continues to work with Margo LaDrew, Founder of the Black Beautyshop Foundation and former program coordinator for the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. He provides technical, funding, data analysis, and health education expertise. Ms LaDrew leads the community outreach efforts and program coordination. Other partners include:

American Diabetes Association - began working with them as a partner with the
BBSHOP
Serve on their African American Committee
Develop a BeautyShop Program and Training Guide with them - executed and trained Directors in 5 cities - NY/LA/Atlanta/DC/Baltimore

AIDS Healthcare Foundation - National Partner with the BeautyShop Program and was title sponsor in 5 markets - Atlanta, DC, Baltimore, MD, New York and Los Angeles

Susan G. Komen - Los Angeles County African American Committee Member - Help to develop a BeautyShop Program to promote Breast Cancer Awareness

LA Care/CareMore/PhRMA/Blue Cross of CA/American Heart Association - Sponsors of the BeautyNBlack Fitness Expo - 2013-2014

National Council of Negro Women, Inc./ National Board Member
Terms - 2011-2014 - Re-elected 2014 - 2016
Develop Local Red Ribbon Affair Fundraiser Event - HIV Awareness Campaign for Women & Girls

MLKCH - Consultant to design Community Outreach Program " Know Your Basic" which includes Beauty & Barbershops / Community & Senior Centers / Malls

How does your project enhance community engagement for UCLA Health and/or the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA?

Through this project, UCLA Health and the School of Medicine has a unique reach into the community of South Los Angeles and other communities of color. Barbershops and beauty salons have been proven to be a platform for research, health outreach and community organizing. Furthermore, this project builds upon community outreach and reengagement of the new Martin Luther King, Jr Community Hospital. By tapping into this network through an establish community partnership, UCLA has the potential become a grassroots community partner both answering important research questions regarding health of minority communities and reducing health disparities.

AIDS Project Los Angeles

The APLA Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Program is a comprehensive HIV prevention program aimed for high-risk individuals in Los Angeles County. The program combines a prescription for PrEP with regular HIV testing, STI testing, safety labs and adherence and sexual health promotion counseling sessions.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles

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Pre-exposure Prophlyaxis Program

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Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Not registered

Organization Country

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, CA, Los Angeles

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The APLA Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Program is a comprehensive HIV prevention program aimed for high-risk individuals in Los Angeles County. The program combines a prescription for PrEP with regular HIV testing, STI testing, safety labs and adherence and sexual health promotion counseling sessions.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Los Angeles County (LAC) has the second highest concentration of AIDS cases nationwide despite ongoing prevention efforts. As of 2011, approximately 59,500 persons living with HIV/AIDS reside in LAC and 2,000 new HIV cases are reported yearly. With only 7% of AIDS cases attributable to injection drug use and 77% of cases associated with male-male contact, it is clear that sexual behavior plays a central role in the local HIV epidemic.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of specific antiretroviral medications (ARV) in high-risk HIV-negative persons to augment protection against HIV acquisition in the event of exposure to HIV infection. The CDC recently announced support for the use of PrEP as a powerful HIV prevention tool for high-risk individuals, citing up to a 92% reduction in HIV transmission when taken daily. While no single prevention modality will realistically confer 100% protection against HIV infection, a combination of behavioral risk-reduction programming, social services, mental health and substance abuse referral services with novel biomedical technologies is an attractive multidisciplinary programmatic approach to HIV prevention.

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

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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FullSoul Canada

Project Subtitle

Souled for Good

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Canada, Calgary

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

FullSoul Canada will be launching its first line of high-end luxury shirts to support the costs of equipping clinics in Uganda with medical kits outfitted with the proper tools needed for a safer, more hygienic birth. Each shirt will be manufactured with social impact at its core.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if fashion and the medical world collided to create a safer more sanitary delivery process for mothers, infants and medical practitioners in Uganda?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Everyday in Uganda, 16 women die due to pregnancy related complications. These complications stem from a lack of access to medical aid, education for local women and sanitary medical tools to accomplish a safe delivery. Women arrive at the clinic without the proper tools, or without any tools at all. Often one blade is used for multiple births. These realities result in fatalities or the transfer of chronic diseases.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

FullSoul Canada is working to equip hospitals in Uganda with medical kits outfitted with the proper tools needed for a safer, more hygienic birth. These medical kits will contain items such as scissors, needle holders, kidney dishes, forceps and more. All of these items will be sourced from a local, Ugandan, non-profit supplier that provides medical grade items and has previous experience working with the local hospitals.

Access to these kits will increase the safety of the delivery process and decrease the risk of spreading diseases such as HIV. Each kit can be used for two births everyday.

This summer, FullSoul will be launching its first line of high-end luxury shirts to support the costs of medical delivery kits in Uganda.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

A user signs into the FullSoul Canada online store. They select the style of shirt that best suits their needs and purchase one of the pieces from a limited collection. The proceeds cover the cost of the shirt and fund medical kits to be implemented in clinics in Uganda.
The medical kit is purchased from a local medical tool supplier and added to the cabinet of kits in the clinic. When a mother arrives to give birth without proper tools, the kit is retrieved from the cabinet (no borrowing from other mothers). The tools are used to conduct a safe and sterile delivery. After, the tools and kit go through an intense sanitation process in preparation for the next birth. This kit can be used everyday, twice a day.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We have confirmed the installation of 15 kits into one clinic (and several more into another) in Mukono, Uganda in September. Each kit can provide for two births per day. With 15 kits installed, that allows for 30 safer more sanitary births per day, 210 births per week, 930 per month and 10 950 per year.

It is more difficult to track the spread of HIV because many people aren’t tested or never return to the clinic. Therefore, currently, there is no solid quantitative data outlining how much HIV is spread from the sharing of tools between mother and child and between multiple mothers and children. We would be combatting the spread, however, by ensuring there is no cross-contamination between patients or between mother and child.

Furthermore, we’re changing the experience for the midwives and doctors by allowing them to focus on the delivery rather than conserving materials.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

By November we aim to have officially launched the e-commerce store as well as the documentary. We will be hosting an official launch party, funded by sponsors to showcase the documentary and our fashion lines. On an ongoing basis, we will be researching and evaluating the impact of the kits installed in the clinics. Most importantly, we will be connecting with more hospitals and clinics across Uganda to determine the need for kits. Once we are established and have a steady income, we will put feelers out to expand into other countries who need similar access to medical kits.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Once the fashion line is up and running, this will be the main source of funding for the medical kits and the business. Our fashion line will remain dynamic and changing to sustain audience interest. In each line, there will be three tiers that will appeal to customers in different price ranges. We will also offer sponsorship packages to help fund start-up costs and any future conferences for FullSoul. events,

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There has been a huge uptake in work in the area of maternal health in the last while. From governments to NGOs, many people are organizing efforts to address the concerning rates of unsafe births across the world. Organizations such as Ministry of Health Uganda, the WHO, PACE Uganda, and PATH have all been providing medical kits to enhance sanitation and safety during labour. FullSoul Canada is unique because we are aiming to be a social enterprise, fully funded through e-commerce initiatives. Furthermore, the kits are reusable and come at no cost to the clinic or the mothers.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I went in for an evening shift at the clinic in Mukono, Uganda and there was only one midwife. He went to conduct an emergency c-section and left me with 3 mothers in labour.
First time mothers require an episiotomy. I didn’t have scissors, so I used the same razor blade to make the vaginal cut and to cut the cord. You are supposed to use different blades on the mother and her child to avoid passing a disease to the child. I wondered, having used the same blade, did I sentence a child to living with a chronic infectious disease?
I realized that I could change the delivery experience by providing sanitary medical delivery kits. This is how the idea for FullSoul Medical Kits was born.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our staff team is comprised of: Two co-founders and CEOs, a Project Manager, Fashion Designer, Stylist and Make-Up Artist, Chief Technology Officer, User Experience Designer, and a Documentary Maker.

We also have an accomplished team of volunteers working on research, funding, social media and accounting.

As we grow, we’d like to make each of these into departments with more team members working in each area.

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Health and Hygiene.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We have three different customers and recipients.
Our fashion customers and FullSoul supporters are people engaged with the organization and purchasing the clothing. They find value in the clothing we produce and the opportunity to be part of a fabric of change.
Ugandan mothers/infants will find value because it enhances the safety of the birth process: decreasing the risk of fatalities and spread of chronic disease.
Finally, the medical practitioners will benefit from an easier delivery process.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

FullSoul would use the money and publicity to help with many things.
The money would help to fund several things including the start-up costs for the fashion line as well as the production costs for the documentary. Furthermore, it would be used to fund some of the medical kits themselves. We see the documentary as a key player in calling people to action to work with FullSoul and improve women's health.

The publicity would help to build our audience and draw in consumers for the fashion line. Furthermore, we would have a larger audience to network with for new and innovative ideas. We would be able to share the stories and realities with more people, which will help us evoke support for change through sponsorships and partnerships.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Christina Marchand spent four months in Uganda helping educate women and working with midwives and gained experiential knowledge of how to truly make an impact in local Ugandan communities.
Hyder Hassan is a banker who has extensive experience in strategic business development, product sales, business analysis and finance. He has extensive social entrepreneurial experience and coordinated the launch of a Roteract Club in Brampton Ontario.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

no

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

FullSoul Canada

FullSoul Canada will be launching its first line of high-end luxury shirts to support the costs of equipping clinics in Uganda with medical kits outfitted with the proper tools needed for a safer, more hygienic birth. Each shirt will be manufactured with social impact at its core.

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SPIRULINA; SUPER FOOD-SUPER BIOFUEL-SUPER PURIFIER

My social venture entails Spirulina cultivation; Spirulina is a microscopic plant that grows in alkaline water. It has the most fascinating nutritional properties of any food on earth.
Spirulina’s very high in protein, very low in calories and cholesterol, high in enzymes and mineral.

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SPIRULINA; SUPER FOOD-SUPER BIOFUEL-SUPER AIR PURIFIER

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2009

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NY, Kisumu

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

My social venture entails Spirulina cultivation; Spirulina is a microscopic plant that grows in alkaline water. It has the most fascinating nutritional properties of any food on earth.
Spirulina’s very high in protein, very low in calories and cholesterol, high in enzymes and mineral.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What If we could incorporate sustainable development in all our aspects of growth and development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Food crisis is biting across the world; we are faced with the challenge of adequately feeding the rapidly growing human population. There are currently about one million malnourished people in Kenya and some other one billion undernourished people across the world, furthermore children and women are the most affected by hunger, matter of fact hunger is the number one threat to health followed by HIV AIDS.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Spirulina is very high in protein, very low in calories and cholesterol, and high in enzymes, minerals (iron, calcium, sodium and magnesium), and phenolic acids, which have antioxidant properties thus we advocate for Spirulina cultivation and consumption as a food supplement

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

Spirulina is naturally grown under the hot tropical African sun using the most environmentally friendly form of cultivation. Our product is hand harvested every morning and dried in a special low heat solar dryer. All processing and packing is done hygienically onsite to ensure the highest quality product possible.
The health and quality of Spirulina is monitored daily to ensure only the finest product is harvested and for consumer
Our Spirulina was the first Kenyan Spirulina to be fully certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
Spirulina – the Green food for a Green Planet.
• Spirulina doesn't need fertile land for cultivation, therefore conserves fertile land and soil.
• It has over 60% protein that's higher than animal protein

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

• Spirulina – the Green food for a Green Planet. Spirulina does not need fertile land for cultivation and therefore conserves fertile land and soil. It has over 60 % protein that is higher than any other food besides benefits of rapid growth and higher yield.
• The Nutritional Power in Spirulina
Higher in protein value than beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, soybeans, rice, tofu or wheat.
70% protein which is 95% digestible compared to 20% from meat protein.
Good for the Environment -Produced through ecologically sound aqua-culture
Creates clean air as it grows by removing carbon dioxide and replenishing oxygen to the atmosphere.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

“Spirulina is the best food for the future” as we are faced with various environmental challenges, we work on sustaining and expanding Spirulina cultivation and production in bulk and far wider areas, we are looking into ways of improving our Spirulina quality and quantity for a bigger consumers. We strive to educate the public about Spirulina and its benefits through village outreach programs and advertisements thus in this way we look forward to introduce more people to Spirulina cultivation and consumption.
The vision of making Spirulina more popular and most consumed will be realized throu

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Criteria that we have in place to meet for this progressive agricultural project included:
1. To be economically viable, and be based on sound business principles which ensure accountability and transparency?
2. To be sustainable, have longevity and be environmentally friendly.
3. To involve the community in solid income generation activities.
4. To be a center for developing and sharing appropriate technologies.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There being about only five Spirulina growers in Kenya, there is still exist a big untapped Spirulina market in Kenya and the world as a whole. In Kenya the is only three major Spirulina cultivators we being among them, our Spirulina production is unique in the sense that we naturally grow Spirulina in open aqua environment, we are also developing enhanced techniques from growing techniques right up to the drying and processing, we are creating the appropriate technology and also remaining community focused and local in order to be sustainable.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

This project was started in 2009 and sprung from two main ideas: first, to use the advantage of the exceptional climate that exists in East Africa to grow a locally suitable food, and second, to explore the most practical way of creating a business model based on strong ethical and social values
In brief the project aims to initially promote the use and acceptability of Spirulina at all social, economic and nutritional levels - whilst still developing the optimal technologies for its cultivation. From growing techniques right up to the drying and processing, we are creating the appropriate technology and also remaining community focused and local in order to be sustainable.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

our enterprise is currently steared with a director and an assistant director helped along with an operations manager. Furthermore we have other casual laborers tasked with the firm's daily operations.
Our workforce acknowledges gender equality and equal rights to all.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Water Use, Greenhouse Gases, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Spirulina is an interesting food/ plant for many reasons; richness in iron and proteins, among others, and it can be proposed to children, women, men, and animals. Spirulina significantly boost immune system and nutrition, it is also a great potential as a product of fuel (biofuel)

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

“Spirulina is the best food for the future” as we are faced with various environmental challenges, we work on sustaining and expanding Spirulina cultivation and production in bulk and far wider areas, we are looking into ways of improving our Spirulina quality and quantity for a bigger consumers. We strive to educate the public about Spirulina and its benefits through village outreach programs and advertisements thus in this way we look forward to introduce more people to Spirulina cultivation and consumption.
The vision of making Spirulina more popular and most consumed will be realized through adequate Spirulina production and great Spirulina sensitization campaign.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Entrepreneurship is my passion and I would refer to myself as a social entrepreneur. My first social venture that I initiated in 2008 was my neighborhood waste collection and disposal that runs to date, this entails collect garbage from about a thousand households and effectively disposing off the waste. The other business I started up is a computer shop “Comp-Era ltd.” I mean my thoughts are entrepreneurial.

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Football for Hope Project(F4HP)

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Rwanda, BY, BURERA

Country where this project is creating social impact

Rwanda, BY, Byumba

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Football for Hope project(F4HP) is a project operating since 2011 in 4 cities(Cyanika,Gatuna,Byumba and Burera) of Burera and Gicumbi districts of the northern province of Rwanda.we are using football to reduce social exclusion and HIV/AIDS among street children and other disconnected children.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if football could be used all over the world to fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty and save the lives of so many street children

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Rwanda,More than one million has been killed in genocid of 1994 and war.Many people became causalities while others have been orphaned.Due to this war and genocide,Rwanda accounts more than 8 thousands of children living in street life and these people are risky to HIV/AIDS and poverty.Based on the above problems,we are using football to attract them in HIV/AIDS prevention and creation of income generating activities in our 4 cities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Football for Hope project(F4HP) has operated from 2011 and till today,we have been able to organize 34 football tournaments at which we have attracted more than 525 street children and 300 beggards equipped with HIV/AIDS preventiuon and income generation activities.In addition,we have created 15 anti- HIV/AIDS clubs of street children and these clubs help us to organize teaching sessions,media and radio campaigns,video screenings,organizing theaters on HIV/AIDS transmission,prevention,treatment and care.They also got funds from our association and now they have started more than 5 income generation activities such rabbits and chicken rearing,bee and sheepsrearing keeping which are helping them to get basic needs like food,school fees,etc

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Football for hope project has been able to turn possible into impossible life of street children where 525 young people who were struggling on the streets of Burera,Cyanika,Gatuna and Byumba cities.We have created 15 clubs and these clubs have got microcredits from Burera volunteers for development association and now they have started income generation activities such rabbits and sheep rearing,maize and beans cultivation,More than 50% of them have returned to schools while others are in vocational training and currently,they can not have the problems of food,shelter,school fees,etc.In addition,we have organize HIV/AIDS activities among them and now they are skilled on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Currently,525 street children have abandoned that stress full and struggling life and now they are generating incomes as we explained above.In addition,we have organized 34 football tournaments in our 4 cities,at which we have organized and conducted HIV/AIDS prevention teaching sessions,media and radio campaigns,theatres,video screenings and these activities have attracted so many people because we have had more than 300 beggars and other thousands young people equipped with HIV/AIDS prevention,transmission,treatment and care.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

In our project,we are using football tournaments in order to attract so many young people because in Rwanda,young people like football matches.In addition,the video screenings,theatres are also the activities which attract them.Our vision is to target 1850 street children who are living in the street lives in our cities and these future generation will be taught on HIV/AIDS prevention while many of them will be given a chance to start small income generation or business start up.We want to turn the street children life into bright future life so that they can get education,basic needs,etc.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

First of all,we have income generating activities and the one third of money from those income generation activities are put into revolving fund of the cooperatives and these money helps us to target of other street children.In addition,we have the team of fundraising and they are helping us to do local,national and international fundraising.Finally,we have strong partnership with Burera and Gicumbi youth council through which we get funds.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In the northern province of Rwanda,we do not have competitors because no other person who are activing on HIV/AIDS and poverty prevention in street children.Many NGOs are focusing in sex workers,prisoners,students but they forget these people who do not have life,who eat nothing.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

This project has been started by Dr. Fidele NKURUNZIZA in 2011 after expecting that in Burera and Gicumbi , many people were killed during 1994 genocide and war in Rwanda and it has left many widows and orphans as consequence many girls and young people turned into fucked jobs like commercial sex,street life etc which were also affected their lives to be pregnanted involuntary or to be contaminated by the sexual transmitted diseases l mainly HIV/AIDS and others. So after analyzing that situation encountered by young people, Dr.Fidele created football for hope project which help street children to combat HIV/AIDS and poverty through football tournaments and income generation activities.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

F4HP has 3 people who are leaders.These people are Dr.Fidele nkurunziza who is the coordinator and founder of the project,Imanishimwe Jean Pierre is working as fundraising officer while the third one is Dr. Ndahayo Philbert who works as project treasurer.All we are full time workers within the project.In addition,each coperative of the project has a leader which means that our clubs have 15 leaders and they help us to coordinate them.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Sustainable Sourcing, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Football for Hope(F4HP) targets street children in 4 cities(Burera,Cyanika,Byumba and Gatuna) cities of Burera and Gicumbi districts.We provide street children the HIV/AIDS education at football tournaments and income generation activities through their cooperatives.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

With the prize money,we will be able:
1.To create a centre of excellence for street children inclusion and in this centre,we will provide the followings activities to street children:
1.Basic education.
2.Vocational training.
3.HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health education.
4.Business planning and income generation.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

At the beginning of the project,we targeted 100 street children but now we have save 325 street children and these young people have been put into 15 cooperatives or clubs in which they are generating incomes through rabbits and sheep rearing,maize and beans cultivation.In addition,they are skilled to HIV/AIDS prevention due to information gained through our organized football matches.

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Prettify your township

seeing the need in pre-schools in dilapidated conditions in Townships. The aim of the project is beautifying the pre-schools by painting them in brightly coloured themes of wildlife, shapes, nature, and other artwork. Most pre-schools only have basic resources.

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Leave your footprint

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

seeing the need in pre-schools in dilapidated conditions in Townships. The aim of the project is beautifying the pre-schools by painting them in brightly coloured themes of wildlife, shapes, nature, and other artwork. Most pre-schools only have basic resources.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

seeing the need in pre-schools in dilapidated conditions in Townships and the need of the children.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The aim of the project is beautifying the pre-schools by painting them in brightly coloured themes of wildlife, shapes, nature, and other artwork. Most pre-schools only have basic resources and welcome donations of blankets, toys, food, toilet paper and other basic necessities.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We would like to assist the whole of South Africa and SADC in the next 5 years.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We approach co operations, companies, business that have the community at heart to assist we offer a tailor made program that plan, organize and execute, tailor-made team building events, activities, festivals and celebrations as a way to improve the physical appearance of walls and buildings in cities, towns, suburbs or townships through this we build funds and bring other players to the communities that need them most.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

At the moment they are none.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

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Ruth

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Kinuthia

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YOUTHS

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young generation!!

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Youths face so many challenges daily. Some which include abuse of substances,HIV/AIDS,unemployment just to mention but a few. The problem has always been they don't know who to turn to. What if a mobile application can provide them with useful information to help them tackle these challenges?

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

what if a mobile application is the only help left for these young generation to start making positive changes in their lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are many challenges that youths face in their day today lives. Most of the youths don't know just who to turn to for help,guidance and counseling.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Youths application is an application that gives guidance and counseling on various challenges that the youths encounter in their day today life. This application also gives tips on how to stay healthy,look good and be smart.The application also gives tips on how young people can empower themselves.Youths application also enables the users to use the social platforms such as Facebook
to offer online help.The user can access the Google search engine and YouTube to get more information online.

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Health and Hygiene.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

My target audience is the youth. This application connects them with online help to the problems they face in their day today life such as drug abuse,HIV/AIDS,unemployment among others.Word of mouth about this application to my target audience has been a way to deliver this solution to them.Another way is the social media.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

This will help me expand the project on other platforms too. Not all people have android phones hence different versions will be developed to ensure the application also runs on other platforms. I will introduce IVR system in the next two years to ensure that youths get help that they need by just making a call.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I have previously been involved in an entrepreneurial show named Upstart Africa we were twenty one individuals being guided on coming up with good business ideas that will solve a need in the society and later make profit. During that show i got a clear picture of what entrepreneurship is.

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yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

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YOUTHS

Youths face so many challenges daily. Some which include abuse of substances,HIV/AIDS,unemployment just to mention but a few. The problem has always been they don't know who to turn to. What if a mobile application can provide them with useful information to help them tackle these challenges?

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Public Health Ambassadors Uganda

Young people are the future leaders of tomorrow and to guarantee a sustainable health future, change starts today and now. Therefore, empowering young people on sexual and reproductive issues will enable them make better health decision hence supporting political, social and economic development.

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karachi
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24° 49' 12.7308" N, 67° 3' 22.3488" E

Drug Free Pakistan Foundation DFPF was established in , and has been working under the special consultative status of NewHorizons Care Centre NHCC which is the very rst treatment  rehabilitation centre of Pakistan providing free treatment, rehabilitation,after care and follow-up services to drug addicts. DFPF is a Volunteer, Non-Prot Organization that promotes creation of Drug Free, healthyenvironment.

Burera Volunteers for Development Association(BVD)

Football for Hope project(F4HP) is a project operating since 2011 in 4 cities(Cyanika,Gatuna,Byumba and Burera) of Burera and Gicumbi districts of the northern province of Rwanda.we are using football to reduce social exclusion and HIV/AIDS among street children and other disconnected children.

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Athens Checkpoint

The Ath Checkpoint is a centrally situated, community-based HIV testing and prevention facility for gay men. We offer peer counseling, rapid test and linkage to health care services. We promote sex risk minimization and contribute to early HIV diagnosis and reduction of new infections

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Ath Checkpoint

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Athens Checkpoint

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HIV Prevention and Testing Centre

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Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Greece, Athens

Country where this project is creating social impact

Greece, Athens

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Ath Checkpoint is a centrally situated, community-based HIV testing and prevention facility for gay men. We offer peer counseling, rapid test and linkage to health care services. We promote sex risk minimization and contribute to early HIV diagnosis and reduction of new infections

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could get zero new infections in a worldwide basis?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

An estimated 30% of people infected with HIV in Greece remain undiagnosed. Late HIV diagnoses and unsafe sex practices contribute to ongoing HIV infections. While the most at risk population in Athens is Men who have Sex with Men, the information needs of this group are not adequately addressed and Health Services are often not able to provide sensitive and candid safer sex information. Moreover there is no routine testing in the community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Routine HIV testing must become part of the pursuit of sexual well being and pleasure. It must not be a traumatic or time consuming experience and should be an opportunity to learn and adopt safer sex practices. The Ath Checkpoint has created a reputation in the gay community for the friendly environment, the accurate information and the convenient hours of operation and location. The Ath Checkpoint has distributed in its first year of operation more than a 1 million condoms and informative material to clubs, bars, festivals and popular to the young people destinations like Gazi. We also contribute articles in all gay or gay friendly newsletters and we are present on internet dating sites answering question on safer sex

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

You work at 9 to 5 job and want to get tested. There is no free service that operates after 5.00 or on Saturday.
You are a gay man and wish to ask candid questions about your sexual sex practices and sexually trasmitted infections which you are not at ease to discuss with nurses.
You go to any gay bar or event and you meet cute and gregarious volunteers of the Ath Checkpoint who offer condoms for free and remind you by their presence that HIV remains a threat that requires smart choices.
You open all gay free press and you see advertisements promoting testing and safer sex.
Finally for those testing positive, we have had a lot of people complaining of very traumatic experience when they got the results

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Statistics up to date (18 months of operation): Total people tested for HIV: 5.090 Total negative results: 4934 = 96,94% Total positive results: 156 = 3,06% Percentage (%) of HIV+ people linked to further health care services: 89%. Condoms distributed: 1 million, Streetwork number of nights: 106, People approached in streetwork: 4.500, Targeted Testing Campaign Flyers: 20.000, Presence in 15 parties in clubs,
Future impact is concerned: Athens Checkpoint conducted 2600 test in 2013. Our target for 2014 is 3500. We have also started conducting on a weekly and monthly basis tests in municipal health centres. We have opened in March 2014 the Thessaloniki Checkpoint and we have instituted a regular bi monthly presence in major cities of Greece. We have also submitted a funding request to buy a mobile unit which will allow us even further testing outreach.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The Checkpoints and the visits to other cities will significantly reduce the % of gay man who never got tested (30% in Athens, 40% in Thessaloniki, 50% to rest of Greece). It will decrease the number of undiagnosed in the gay population (estimated at 2.000). We expect to diagnose ⅓ of the gay cases in Greece in 2014 and we shall reduce late diagnoses caused by the reluctance to visit or inability to pay for the public health services which are no longer free. The Ath Checkpoint will change the attitudes on testing and will reduce the ignorance around HIV and thus Stigma and Discrimination

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The Checkpoint is supported by a foundation from LA and local Pharma industry. We have been able to scale up through economies of scale and optimisation of our operation. The success and recognition attracts many volunteers which further bring cost down. We shall present to the government the results of the first 2 years of operation and data of its cost effectiveness are we are confident it will secure yearly state contribution.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

HIV testing is offered in the Healthcare setting in Public Hospitals and in privately owned diagnostic centres. At the Community level one more organisation has been offering testing through their clinic and a mobile unit in areas targeting migrants, homeless, sex workers etc. Our main difference with the public and the private sector is a) peer non-judgemental counselling, b) rapid test that gives result in 5 minutes, c) convenient schedule from 12.00 to 20.00 and Saturday, d) friendly inviroment, e) constant presence in the gay life of the city, f) presence in social dating sites

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

There were many “oh my god..” moments back in 2011. For example a public clinic called us to “correct” the information we had on our web site of where people could can get tested for free. In the period of the crisis HIV testing seemed to no longer be available for free. Newspaper reports confirmed cases of people who had tested positive on the first test and could not have the confirmatory test for more than a month. A state of affairs that resembles torture. People gave us funny and tragic stories of encounters in the public sector. A doctor giving a positive result in 2010 said to the person to not worry since he would live more than 10 years. Gay man were advised to stop anal sex. The incredulous list can not be served by 750 characters

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The Ath Checkpoint has 6 part time employees and 1 full time which serves as the coordinator. All employees offer counseling and testing. Further responsibilities are divided and include: outreach volunteers coordination, promotion and communication and fundraising. Ath Checkpoint also relies on a large pool of volunteers that participate in the packaging of condoms and informative material as well as its distribution to all gay related events

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1) AHF (Aids Healthcare Foundation)
2) HCDCP (Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, KEELPNO)
3) LGBTQI Greek organizations
4) Prometheus (Greek Liver Patient Association)
5) Hellenic Association for the Study and Cotnrol of AIDS
6) Municipality of Athens
7) Exelixis (KETHEA - Therapy Cener for Dependent Individuals)

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PATRICK NEWTON

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OUTREACH SOCIAL CARE PROJECT

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Year founded

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Not registered

Organization Country

South Africa, PIETERMARITZBURG

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n/a

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Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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13 - 17.

Your role in Education

After-School Provider.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free).

Intervention Focus

Community.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Equip Adults to Drive Change in Learning: Providing creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions and others that empowers them to drive change in any part of the learning ecosystem.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Need

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What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

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INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :

IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

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APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

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Retrak's Soccer-Based HIV-Prevention Program

Across Africa, there are hundreds of thousands of children living on the streets, disconnected from the protection of family. They live under constant threat of infection with HIV. Retrak reaches out to these children and, through game-based learning, empowers them to protect themselves.

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Retrak

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Retrak's Soccer-Based HIV-Prevention Program

Project Subtitle

Kick 4 Life 4 Uganda

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

1994

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, DC, Washington

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Across Africa, there are hundreds of thousands of children living on the streets, disconnected from the protection of family. They live under constant threat of infection with HIV. Retrak reaches out to these children and, through game-based learning, empowers them to protect themselves.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Children living outside of the protection of a family were educated and empowered to protect their own health?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Uganda is home to one of the world’s harshest HIV/AIDS epidemics. Street children in Uganda are disconnected from the protection of their families and are at significant risk of exposure to HIV. Absent a cure, prevention is the mainstay in the fight against AIDS. Education and behavior change programs are among the most cost-effective health interventions, but street children do not have access to community- or school-based education programs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Retrak will use soccer and other games as a vehicle to increase knowledge of HIV, reduce stigma and prevent new infections in street children. We will educate 420 children about the risks of HIV and how to prevent infection using soccer as the metaphor through which the lessons are communicated. The stigma associated with HIV will be lessened through facilitating open communication about HIV and establishing voluntary counseling and testing as a social norm. We will empower street children with the skills needed to adopt healthy behaviors. Most importantly, we will give children who feel worthless and completely isolated the motivation to plan their future away from the streets and to protect themselves from HIV.

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

One of Kick 4 Life’s activities is the ‘Risk Field’. This is played with 4 cones along a line and signs reading ‘peer pressure’, ‘alcohol’, ‘many partners’ scattered between the cones. Each member of a team kicks the ball through the cones and if they hit a sign, they must do 2 push-ups as a consequence of that behavior.

During the second round, it is not only the individual who has to pay for the risky behavior, but all the team (representing family and community) suffers the consequences. In the third round the whole group is penalized, representing the consequences of an individual’s behavior on the whole society. The message to protect oneself, and thereby protect the family, community and society, is powerfully reinforced.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We can reach 420 children with this project that will:
1.Build the capacity of Retrak to use games-based learning and the language and power of soccer as tools to educate youth about HIV;
2.Improve children’s health, education and development;
3.Provide children with a lesson that lasts a lifetime and saves lives, one that can be shared through peer learning with friends, family, and their future children;
4.Provide Voluntary Counseling and Testing to 420 children;
5.Help combat the HIV pandemic in Uganda by preventing new infections;
6.Provide children with a secure environment where they can forget the struggle of street life, play and learn, gain confidence, realize their potential, and begin building a future;
7.Allow Retrak to develop new ideas and working methods, via feedback from children, to better understand their needs and help other street children more effectively.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Retrak aims to spread the Kick 4 Life Program throughout its projects. In 2011 we replicated Kick 4 Life at Retrak Uganda, and in 2013 we trained three organizations in Ethiopia. We want to continue to offer Kick 4 Life to the children in these countries, as new children visit our centers and our programs on a regular basis. These children then carry this knowledge back with them to their homes and communities and the message is spread further. We aim to offer Kick 4 Life in all five of the countries that we work in (Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya) in the next three years.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Retrak’s approach to ensuring financial sustainability is two-fold. First, we ensure that children move to sustainable independent family and community life with no ongoing reliance on Retrak, and second, we're building our capacity to raise support through sustainable long-term local and international partnerships. Since our founding in 1994 Retrak has built a solid base of on-going financial support in the US, Europe and Africa.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Retrak differentiates itself by supporting fulltime street children who live and work on the streets and are most at risk. They tend to be highly mobile and live in the shadows so as not to attract attention. This means that standard programs, such as feeding or learning programs, are unable to reach these highly marginalized children. We tailor our programs to meet the needs of those who may fall through the cracks of these larger mainstream programs. Our integrated approach and the emphasis we place on reintegration of children into family-based care and follow-up also make us unique.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Retrak began in response to the large numbers of street children that were playing in an informal weekly game of soccer in Kampala, Uganda. The “aha” moment came when the founders realized that sport provided the ideal, non-threatening, vehicle by which the children could rebuild their trust in adults and, with professional help, be given a chance to move away from the streets. Today Retrak works with street children in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. We also provide support to the families of the children in order to tackle the root causes of the problems that led them onto the streets in the first place.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The staff are part of Retrak Uganda’s professional staff team, including highly skilled teachers and social workers, that provide a broad range of services for street children in Kampala, including catch-up education, psycho-social counseling, reuniting them with their families and follow-up care. The staff that will engage with the children are trained social workers who use sport on a daily basis to engage with street children.

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Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17.

Your role in Education

Administrator.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Other.

Intervention Focus

Community.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

One size fits all fits none: Students are disengaged and not being prepared for "real life."

Need

Offer

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Personal and Social Responsibility

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PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

Retrak will provide soccer-based HIV-prevention education to 420 highly vulnerable children and youth in the Kampala area, enabling them to change risky behaviors and make healthy decisions. Our soccer coaches will deliver four game-based activities per year at the two Retrak drop-in centers and at another local organization that works with vulnerable children. Additionally, we will take our program into the slums of Kampala on a quarterly basis to reach the children who are not yet part of Retrak’s programs. The games and activities will be for four hours a day for five days in the drop-in centers and for seven hours a day for five days in the slums. Movement games are paired with learning opportunities, enabling a child to have fun and get exercise while at the same time learning how to minimize his or her risk of exposure to HIV.

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

Since its inception, Retrak has incorporated sports and play in its programs for highly vulnerable children. In December 2011, the effectiveness of these practices was confirmed at the US Global Health Initiative’s Evidence Summit on Protecting Children Outside of Family Care. One of the take-aways from this event was the large body of empirical evidence on the effectiveness of learning through play. Retrak remains committed to the belief that children, in particular those living outside of family care, have a right and a need to play, and it will remain a vital component of our work.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has a right to play. Street children are deprived of this right as they struggle just to survive. They're often highly traumatized and tend to have shorter attention spans than most children. We’ve found that by engaging in play, the children learn more and have greater levels of retention. Also, many children who have been on the streets for a long time lack the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to learn in a regular classroom setting, and using game-based learning tools is extremely effective.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Retrak is supported by foundations, government entities, other NGOs and through public donations. The breakdown is as follows: Foundations 23%, NGOs 22%, Governments (including USAID's PEPFAR program and the UK Dept. for International Development) 8% and Pubic/Individual Donations 47%.

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

Retrak is a nonprofit organization whose vision is “a world where no child is forced to live on the streets”. We put children at the very heart of everything we do and are fearless and tenacious in defending and promoting their rights. Although we work to help families overcome poverty, we're not ourselves in the business of making money. Rather, for 20 years our model has successfully relied on sustainable support from diverse sources.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

There are an estimated 10,000 street children in Kampala. Last year Retrak reached 1,128 of them. We would use the $20,000 to leverage our impact by offering training of Kick4Life’s game-based learning methodology to other NGOs in Uganda and in the other African countries where we work.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

We create synergy by partnering with local NGOs in Uganda (e.g. Child Restoration Outreach in western Uganda, Dwelling Places for younger children) as well as with the Ugandan government's Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development. Ongoing partnerships with local health facilities like the Mildmay Center, an outpatient clinic for AIDS treatment, allow children under Retrak’s care to access medical care and Voluntary Counseling and Testing.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Retrak’s previous entry in the Nutrients for All competition has enabled us to exchange information and ideas with other changeshop participants, including a Dutch organization that works in Africa and has advised us on engaging companies and scaling up our technical knowledge.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

1.Provide services that offer highly vulnerable children a viable alternative to life on the street across the globe.
2.Grow as a development organization, working with families and communities to prevent children coming to the street and support those returning home.
3.Through research and advocacy, change policy and practice in favor of highly vulnerable children.
4.Work through partners in both normal and emergency or disaster situations.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

Retrak employ a full-time Monitoring and Research Advisor who follows-up with all children in the program to measure longterm wellbeing. Our Evaluating Outcomes report (attached) shows that children who have gone through our program have increased access to education and overall wellbeing. However, re-entry to school remains a struggle for many as the education system is not well adapted to vulnerable street children's needs.

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

retrak_research_evaluating_outcomes_may_13_f.pdf

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

retrak-research-report-deinstitutionalisation-in-ethiopia-march-2012.pdf

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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Yes

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

10-100

Number of Volunteers:

10-100

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Physical Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts).

Other (please specify)

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

LEGO's Chief Financial Officer, John Goodwin, is a founding member of Retrak's Board of Trustees

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Cheyutha

Cheyutha is a network of people infected and affected and a platform especially for women are facing challenges within their families and community, to fight for their rights and provide dignified life for the people living with HIV/AIDS

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Kagitha

Last Name

Laxmi Priya

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Organization Name

CHEYUTHA

Organization Website

Organization Country

India, AP, Hyderabad

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, AP, Hyderabad

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Current annual budget, in US dollars (if your solution is an idea please estimate what your budget will need to be in order to carry out your solution)

Less than $1,000

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Cheyutha

Year founded

2005

Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your solution.

Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Elevator Pitch

Cheyutha is a network of people infected and affected and a platform especially for women are facing challenges within their families and community, to fight for their rights and provide dignified life for the people living with HIV/AIDS

Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if HIV positive couple get married. There is a possibility of them giving birth the a child who could be negative.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to solve?

1747 persons living with HIV are enrolled of which 47% are widows who are given another chance of a happy married life. The prevention of mother to child transmission project will help people from transmitting HIV to their children.

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

Members of Cheytha formed two support groups and started networking with government and other stakeholders to mobilise resources. This initiative will provide information, guide and support them in resolving their problems and develop confidence and provide strength to raise their voice using the legal aid services and the need based livelihood activities will enhance their income generation and provide livelihood opportunities lead a dignified life without dependent on others. It will develop a system with communities with a follow up mechanism to ensure that their issues are resolved.

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

Ms. Jaya, female, aged 31 hailed from Below Poverty tested for HIV at ICTC and found positive and husband also found positive for HIV, he started torturing her. Even his sons, used to ill-treat her and abuse her. Jaya gave birth to a girl baby after 18 months of marriage life in Govt. Hospital who is HIV- Negative and re-confirmed after 18 months of age. Jaya is now seeking justice for her & her daughter with the help of CHEYUTHA. Her uncertainty was secured after her husband deposited Rs.1,00,000 on her name and bought a house on her name and her name was enrolled into the service records of his employment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

There are 1747 members registered and approximately 131 regular members who attend clinic every month. 1344 consultations per year at the Clinic and 185 PLHIV treated for illness and followed-up. 31 legal issues of PLHIV were dealt and 17 issues were resolved.
The key members involved 220 PLHIVs as key change enablers by promoting leadership and skill development training: Due to advocacy efforts, scaled up HIV positive deleveries in four health facilities and ensured that all HIV positive mothers will access safe delivery and provision of NVP administration. 15 orphan children are supported for nutrition, treatment and for continuation of their education and are being followed up since 8 years and coping positively. Every year around 1200 people are reached and counselled on positive living, low cost nutrition, safe sex practices and along with Cheyutha's services.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

We would like to extend our services to other districts in Andhra Pradesh and replicate the successful models developed by us.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Members’ participation in event programmes and support group meetings because of HIV status. They fear that others will come to know their status. They need support in maintaining confidentiality. Long durations while handling legal issues and lack of opportunities for their livelihood resulting in dependency or deterioration of their health, discontinuation of education of their children.

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Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

During my regular pregnancy test I was confirmed for HIV positive. My husband died when my child was 9 months old. I had a vision to work for HIV infected population. I lost my husband at a young age; my child had lost her father. In 2003, I formed a Network for Positive People, LEPRA Society aided me in organising Medical Camps in the community. Women were hesitant to disclose their HIV status and seek treatment. However, when I disclosed my status to them, they would be inspired and encouraged to seek treatment. I was a first positive speaker for Andhra Pradesh and also trained 40 positive speakers for the AASHA program organized by APSACS.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We partner with Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, NCPI + and LEPRA Society.

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How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Demonstrate how closed feedback loops can make a difference in people’s lives.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

Currently it is an open platform for people who share the same views of helping the unprivileged. The organization is exponentially growing with dedicated members, augmenting beneficiaries, org activities and infinite support from all over the world. This created a strong bastion to our value added organization adding more responsibilities.

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

Though Govt. and other NGOs are providing the services, CHEYUTHA treats the patients as a family memeber and the patient is given personal counselling and home visit by one of the staff, and provide the infected positive people with skills to communicate effectively to their peers.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English.

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Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

The information is collected from beneficiaries,PLHIVs.community and from outreach staff.

The information is on quality of services at government facilities.service's received from Cheyutha and also on barriers they are facing,discrimination at family,community and workplace.

The feedback loop will increase their participation and role in addressing their issues and concerns the information will be used for advocacy to improve quality services and to enhance the skills and capacities to raise voice and to make service providers accountable.

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Determine strategic direction

If other, please specify

What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

Phone or voice, Physical gathering.

If other, please specify

Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

Generally, the feedback is provided by the beneficiary over the phone after accessing the

service. During clinic days or support group meetings the individuals provide or share

their feedback directly to us. Currently, we are planning to use abhayaswara a web based

voice portal developed with toll free number and the voices of the concerned is recorded

as feedback and the feedback voice will be transcribed and will be shared to the concerned

officials and discussed within the team for action and the link will be emailed and follow up

will be done through meeting them personally or reminding them with mails.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Secured protection on information

If other, please specify

What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Confirmation of use of feedback

If other, please specify

How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

Specific targeted outreach efforts

If other, please specify

What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

It will be used to act on the issues or concerns raised by the community and the team will motivate the users

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

Meetings discussing results with providers

If other, please specify

How is feedback published/transparent?

Written report

If other, please specify

Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

Cheyutha has come across many rape victims & abused minors over a period of time. In every scenario Cheyutha-Lepra has tried to find permanent resolution to the situation & combat it.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

The beneficiaries will not act as mute users. This feedback will allow them to raise their

voices in improving access to services and also in addressing the issues of stigma within the

community and family.

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

Lack of funding for feedback data collection

If other, please specify

Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

It will improve the quality of work and ensure transparency and accountability from users and providers end

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

Communications – it will be more helpful for us if the concerned person will talk to us directly or in touch for any updates through phone calls. This will also help us (CBOs) to discuss directly with the concerned for any doubts.

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

The importance of feedback and the system developed (abhyaswara) will be shared and disseminated along with service brochures during our registration and outreach and the impact of sharing the information as feedback with results will be shared to motivate others to be part of this feedback system and interactions will be facilitated with the beneficiaries to share their experiences

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Building Trust in Public Health Clinics in Togo

In Togo, West Africa, public health clinics go unused in part because patients do not believe they will receive quality care. By using Community Health Workers (CHWs) recruited from the local community, we can build community trust in public clinics and ensure access to quality public health care.

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Kelly

Last Name

Lue

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Organization Name

Hope Through Health

Organization Website

Organization Country

Togo, Kara Region

Country where this project is creating social impact

Togo, Kara Region

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Current annual budget, in US dollars (if your solution is an idea please estimate what your budget will need to be in order to carry out your solution)

$250,001‐500,000

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Building Trust in Public Health Clinics in Togo

Year founded

2004

Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your solution.

Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Elevator Pitch

In Togo, West Africa, public health clinics go unused in part because patients do not believe they will receive quality care. By using Community Health Workers (CHWs) recruited from the local community, we can build community trust in public clinics and ensure access to quality health care.

Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if health clinics in Togo were so welcoming and patient-centered, they made people WANT to visit them as often as necessary?

Problem: What problem is this project trying to solve?

While 62% of Togo’s population has geographic access (<5km) to public health facilities, only 30% of the population uses these facilities according to the Togolese Ministry of Health. Perceived poor quality of care and mistrust of public clinics contribute to low utilization rates in Togo. Patients lack confidence in the ability of the public clinics to provide quality treatment and therefore do not seek care at the clinics.

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

Hope Through Health’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained members of the community that provide home-based support to patients living with HIV/AIDS. CHWs link clinics and the community. Their role is to establish and maintain strong relationships with patients, including confidentiality, guide them through a continuum of care and reinforce clinic messages in the home. As community members themselves, CHWs are able to build the trust of the community in public health clinics and providers, leading to elimination of perception of poor quality and increased clinic utilization rates. As staff members of public clinics, CHWs have the trust of public clinic staff and providers to extend their impact into the home and community.

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

Consider a patient who stops taking her ARVs when she suffers from negative side effects. If she misses an appointment to refill her prescription, a CHW is immediately notified and sent to the patient's home. The CHW will explain the importance of taking ARVs and how to alleviate negative side effects to the patient. Furthermore, a CHW will communicate to the clinic when structural barriers impede access to care. For example, if a patient can only visit the clinic on market day and ARV refills are not available that day, she cannot receive her life-changing medicine. Program and clinic staff work together to eliminate such barriers, and follow up with patients. CHWs provide an invaluable link between patients and the health system.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

Thus far, Hope Through Health has relied on the use of Community Health Workers, recruited from the community and trained, to build strong relationships between patients and public health clinics. CHWs also voice the concerns of the patient population they support. While HTH has consistently received positive feedback from our patients, HTH hopes to continue building trust in the public clinics, using patient feedback to further improve clinics and continuing to increase utilization rates. Over 1,666 patients currently receive care through HTH and HTH has plans to scale up over the next few years. Furthermore, less than 1% of our over 800 patients on ART were lost to follow up in 2013, demonstrating the current effectiveness of our CHW program.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

Moving forward, Hope Through Health hopes to expand its services from HIV/AIDs to maternal and child health. By offering maternal and child health services, Hope Through Health and its CHWs will be able to provide care for a larger population in the northern Kara region of Togo. We also maintain a close relationship with the Ministry of Health, which is beneficial as we advocate for a national scale up of a CHW program in Togo.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

One of the main barriers is that people may be hesitant to welcome CHWs into their homes for a number of reasons, one being that they are not comfortable disclosing their HIV status to their community. HTH has other programs in place to combat the social stigma of HIV, including educational and support groups. Furthermore, CHWs are specifically trained to deal with difficult situations.

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Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In 2006, Sadate was 10 years old. Despite being an extremely sick child, he had never received modern medical treatment. Then we helped train a Community Health Worker in Sadate's village. She accompanied Sadate to take a free HIV test. He tested positive and was admitted to the hospital weighing only 20 pounds. Sadate began free antiretroviral therapy and in one month was discharged from the hospital. His Community Health Worker followed Sadate at home. In one year his weight doubled. He started school and ran for the first time in his life. Today he is a successful student and a young community leader. His Community Health Worker is considered a hero by her community.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

In the US, HTH has established strong partnerships with like-minded NGOs, including Partners In Health and its leadership, individuals including Drs. Paul Farmer, Joia Mukherjee and Lisa Hirschhorn. HTH is a member of Aid for Africa, a unique partnership of 85 charities In Togo, we work very closely with United States Peace Corps, USAID, Population Services International (PSI), UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Ministry of Health.

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Demonstrate how closed feedback loops can make a difference in people’s lives.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

The primary goal of the CHW Program is to reduce barriers to and improve the quality of patient care services. In weekly meetings, CHWs have the opportunity to share patient concerns directly with program and clinical staff. Data is compiled monthly and shared with all stakeholders. Together, the CHWs, program, and clinic staff work together to make changes that address patient concerns. Once changes are implemented, CHWs follow up with patients to ensure that the new systems are effective. This feedback is again shared in the weekly team meetings and changes are made as necessary.

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

HTH is the only international organization providing health care services in the northern Kara region of Togo. Although other groups use CHWs, our CHWs are specifically recruited from the community that they will serve, trained initially and provided ongoing training sessions, and linked with public health clinics. Because HTH believes that communities can transform the dynamics of health care delivery, we train and support patients and community members to fill key service delivery roles. Their involvement ensures that our programs respond directly to patient priorities.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English, French.

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Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

CHWs serve as a link between patients and clinical staff. During home visits, CHWs not only collect medical data from patients to inform referrals if necessary, but also listen to any concerns or barriers that patients face in accessing or receiving medical care. In weekly supervisory meetings with the CHW Program Director, program and clinic staff, CHWs are able to share patient concerns. The program and clinic staff work together to find solutions to common problems that patients experience. Once appropriate changes are made, CHWs are able to follow up with patients during home visits to learn how the new systems are working and whether or not more modifications are needed. Thus the feedback loop ensures that patients' concerns reach the health care providers and managers who then design and implement programs to better meet patients' needs.

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Improve quality of programs

If other, please specify

What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

Paper, Phone or voice.

If other, please specify

Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

Feedback is collected through standardized paper forms, designed for different types of patients and through anecdotal evidence as told by patients to CHWs on their home visits. Hope Through Health is also in the process of implementing a mobile health data collection system using CommCare. This new program will facilitate easier collection and management of data. CHW-collected data, whether through paper or mobile forms, is transmitted to the CHW Program Director and monitoring, evaluation and quality improvement (MEQ) Director for analysis. The Directors analyze and present trends to CHWs and other clinic staff monthly to generate discussion and solicit feedback. Through the joint processes of weekly meetings to discuss patient challenges and monthly meetings to analyze data trends, health clinic staff are informed of and held accountable to respond to the expressed needs of their patients.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Option to provide feedback anonymously

If other, please specify

What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

Improved quality of services

How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

Specific targeted outreach efforts

If other, please specify

What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

They understand that feedback is necessary

If other, please specify

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

Other

If other, please specify

One on one follow up by CHWs and monthly all-patient meetings

How is feedback published/transparent?

Written report

If other, please specify

Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

CHWs have effectively lobbied on behalf of patients numerous times. In Togo, the fee-for-hospitalization system is a major barrier to receiving care. This system requires that a patient pay to enter the hospital, and once hospitalized, a patient must have someone to bring them food, fill their prescriptions at the pharmacy and pay for medications in order to receive treatment. Because of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, some patients had not disclosed their status to a family member, and upon hospitalization, had no support system, thereby comprising their care. The CHWs brought this issue to the program and clinic staff. To address this problem, the health system provided additional training to CHWs and clinic-based staff on psychosocial support, specifically emphasizing disclosure strategies. As a result, CHWs began to focus more heavily on providing support to patients on how to cope with stigma and how to disclose their status to a trusted confident. The program set a measurable goal to work toward, of having 85% of patients identify a confident with whom she/he shares her/his HIV status. Therefore, should hospitalization occur, the patient has someone to care for them. In the interim, CHWs provide support for hospitalized patients as necessary. Most importantly the efforts to provide disclosure counseling and support have been widely embraced by patients.

A second example is that of nutrition kits. Many patients expressed difficulty meeting expanded nutrition requirements during the first month of beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART). This medication is required to be taken on a full stomach to decrease the likelihood of side effects. CHWs brought this feedback from their patients to the program and clinic staff, who then made a decision to provide nutrition supplementation kits to patients newly initiating ART. The supplemental kits support good nutrition practices, reduce side effects from ART, improve ART adherence and reduce the risk of loss to follow up. This system-level change resulted directly from patient feedback and was widely appreciated by patients.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

As a nonprofit organization, HTH has limited funds to implement new programs when patients express concern over current barriers or systems. These resource constraints are even more severe within the public sector. While patient concerns do not usually necessitate large programmatic overhauls, the small costs involved may still prohibit adoption of best practices by the public sector on a larger scale. To increase the impact of the feedback loop, HTH will continue to advocate for greater public funding for essential programs.

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

Other

If other, please specify

Lack of funding to act on feedback

Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

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CHEYUTHA

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India, AP, Hyderabad

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India, AP, hyderabad

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What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

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Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

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What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

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How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

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What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

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How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

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How is feedback published/transparent?

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Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

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Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

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TIP improves health outcomes by partnering with Rwandan communities to build clinical care capacity, use data to provide quality care, & address barriers to sustainability from both the perspective of individual care recipients & health delivery systems.

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The Ihangane Project

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Rwanda

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TIP improves health outcomes for vulnerable populations by partnering with local stakeholders to build clinical care capacity, utilize data to provide quality care, & address barriers to sustainability from both the perspective of individual care recipients and health delivery systems.

Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

front line health care providers & the recipients of health care drove the design & sustainability of health care delivery & quality? Reimagining the concept of Community Health!

Problem: What problem is this project trying to solve?

The vast majority of interventions to prevent illness & manage chronic disease depend upon the transfer of knowledge that leads to behavior change at the individual level. Success depends upon front line health care providers' capacity to inspire change & individual capacity to implement change. Providers are often asked to do more with already limited resources, & individuals are expected to make changes that seem unrealistic or foreign.

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

Partnership, Capacity Building, Data Quality, Sustainability!

TIP improves health outcomes for vulnerable populations by partnering with health systems to bridge the gap between the idealism of top-down health protocols & the reality of limited resources. We work with both providers & recipients of health care to identify barriers & develop innovative solutions for quality care while building cross-sector partnerships to support long term sustainability. We utilize a Continuous Quality Improvement model to demonstrate the benefits of accurate, consistent data for training, staff engagement, quality patient care, & program improvements. TIP strives to transfer programming to local ownership as a strategy for long term sustainability.

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TIP & 7 health center partners have established a Continuous Quality Improvement program that objectively assesses Clinical Care, Data Management, Logistics, Mom-Centered Systems, & Health Education. Initial results were presented at our first collective Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Infants Program Meeting in July 2013. Nurses chose 4 areas they would like to improve, & TIP worked with them to meet this goal. We repeated the assessment in November 2013. Nurses' ability to calculate z scores for diagnosis of malnutrition rose 148%, communication of infants' health status to mothers rose 100%, & HIV testing for infants with severe malnutrition rose 300%! Nurses will focus on timely HIV testing of HIV exposed infants for the next 4 month cycle.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

Health center nurses have become engaged in quality improvement activities. They more clearly understand the reasoning behind National protocols, & trust that they have the capacity to improve their ability to provide care despite their very limited resources. They now believe that they can have a positive impact on the health & well-being of their community because “bringing data to life” allows them to see this first hand. Amongst NHI Program participants, there has been ZERO transmission of HIV from mother to child. Three children are HIV + because they were referred to the program after diagnosis. We are expanding our program to include prenatal care in hopes that we can identify HIV+ mothers earlier and provide essential services to prevent this transmission. Our ultimate goal is Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. We are confident that we will reach this goal.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

We create replicable programs that are thriving in a resource-limited setting & producing quantifiable results, & we have demonstrated the effectiveness of inclusive program development that fosters engagement amongst all stakeholders. TIP will collaborate with the Ministry of Health to scale programming to other rural settings. Our approach to data collection, analysis, & system improvement can be replicable in any setting. Our bottom-up approach that reaches to meet the traditional top-down, protocol-driven medical system promises to revolutionize how health is defined & care is provided.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Change is slow. We strive to retain engagement & long term confidence in the process by highlighting short term gains. TIP also recognizes that our approach is successful in part because of our close partnership with the community we work in. To scale this will require a thoughtful approach that can replicate the ongoing capacity-building support we provide. As in any program, financial resources are important. Our major resource lies within the people providing and receiving care. This allows for high impact at a relatively low financial cost.

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Dr. Leonard was the first physician to volunteer for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative's clinical mentoring program in Rwanda. She continued to work as an educator & consultant to the health care providers in Ruli, Rwanda beyond her initial visit. Inspired by the dedication of the Ruli community to find solutions to their local challenges, as well as the belief that sustainable change must engage all stakeholders, she founded The Ihangane Project in partnership with then hospital medical director Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega. Ihangane means ‘to be patient’ in Kinyarwanda, the native language of Rwanda. The Ihangane Project’s goal is to mobilize local communities to cultivate their own innovative solutions to their local health needs.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We collaborate with community leaders in health, business, & agriculture, as well as recipients of medical care. We form strategic alliances with organizations, such as Catapult Design, that provide technical expertise for the non-medical aspects of the programs. Our partnership with the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business guides our thinking in terms of business models, consumer satisfaction, system efficiencies, & communication.

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How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Demonstrate how closed feedback loops can make a difference in people’s lives.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

The Ihangane Project integrates feedback loops into every aspect of our programming. We believe that bringing data to life is an essential teaching tool, especially when behavior change is required to reach our goal. The ambivalence associated with behavior change is often rooted in the risk of trying something new. Whether our goal is financial stability for farming cooperatives or preventing childhood malnutrition, well-presented data can demonstrate the short term gains associated with the change and reinforce the benefit of continuing along the path of the desired change.

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

HealthQual International promotes the internal integration of a Continuous Quality Improvement model into health care systems. The Ihangane Project has modeled much of our work from this organization's US-based work specific to HIV care. We feel that our programming is unique because of our strong relationship with health care providers and health care recipients. TIP introduces the concepts of CQI, and also helps to build capacity so that this new system feels like an additional tool rather than a burdensome extra step.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English, Spanish, French.

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Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

TIP is trying to get information regarding health system processes and clinical care outcomes to both health care providers and recipients of care. TIP's feedback loop provides health care workers with evidence that their interventions do lead to good outcomes and that they can adjust their processes to further improve outcomes over time. Many health care providers doubt their ability to have true influence over health outcomes in their communities. By demonstrating that improvements in processes lead to improvements in health outcomes, care providers are inspired to collect and analyze clinical data accurately and adjust systems to meet the needs of their patients. In addition, feedback loops are used to engage health care recipients in care. As HIV+ mothers see the improvements in their children's health, they are more likely to trust in the guidance of their health care workers. They also keep their HCWs accountable because they know what is expected of them and want to know their OCL scores!

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Improve quality of programs

If other, please specify

What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

Paper, Physical gathering, Other.

If other, please specify

Excel Sheets

Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

Currently, we have 3 means of data collection. Health centers provide monthly reports of health outcomes such as malnutrition and HIV infection amongst HIV-exposed infants. In addition, TIP staff perform Observational Check Lists every 4 months to assess adherence to protocols and effectiveness of current systems. Thirdly, focus groups are conducted every 4 months amongst program participants. Throughout this process, health care providers are given opportunities to provide feedback to TIP regarding what is working and what is not. We often incorporate their feedback into our programs. For example, HCWs recently informed TIP that Ministry of Health supervisors document 'areas in need of improvement' in a book that is held by the nursing director of each health center. HCWs advised TIP to write our observations here, as well as the indicators nurses have chosen to focus improvements on, so that HCWs throughout the health center are aware and the nursing supervisor will be held accountable for supporting improvements.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Other

If other, please specify

What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

Skills, sense of empowerment, community

How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

Specific targeted outreach efforts

If other, please specify

What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

Other

If other, please specify

Positive health outcomes for patients and families!

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

Meetings discussing results with providers

If other, please specify

How is feedback published/transparent?

Written report

If other, please specify

Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

1. TIP performed a baseline assessment of health care workers' (HCWs) ability to correctly measure nutritional status of infants. We found that many HCWs did not know how to accurately collect or analyze this data. We also found high rates of malnutrition that went untreated. We presented our findings at a gathering of all 7 health centers. HCWs were able to discuss their challenges and identify means for improving. TIP supported additional training for HCWs and encouraged them to identify innovative ways to promote accurate measurement. Several nurses engaged mothers by teaching them how to accurately assess nutrition status. When reassessed, HCWs improved dramatically. More importantly, they were more confident in their diagnosis of malnutrition and children were more likely to be referred for appropriate treatment.

2. HIV testing of HIV exposed infants was not occurring at appropriate time intervals. By presenting this data in a non-threatening way, HCWs were able to brainstorm means of improving this process. In addition, they identified challenges at the National Laboratory level. TIP was able to discuss this with the Ministry of Health, and we now anticipate more rapid turn around of test results. Mothers were also engaged in this process, and they have developed a system to assist HCWs in remembering the timing of the tests. We will assess for improvement later this month.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

TIP gathers large amounts of data. We struggle with identifying ways of collecting and analyzing this data. In addition, data is only helpful when it is accurate. TIP spends a significant amount of time stressing the benefits of accurate data collection. This can be labor intensive but worthwhile!

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

Ensuring the quality of the data provided

If other, please specify

Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?

TIP has reviewed the Applications on Feedback Store. There are many interesting opportunities, but it would be helpful to have a little more vetting. It is unclear which Applications would be appropriate for our organization and how far long each App is in development. A section on strengths/challenges might be useful.

What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?

This process is a little labor intensive. We were somewhat discouraged by the feedback section that described us as below average in the majority of categories! It was hard to know how to interpret this.

What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?

We use process observation and clinical data to inspire improvements in health care delivery and engagement of health care recipients. TIP's approach is intended to foster a sense of empowerment both of HCWs and health care recipients.

Ihangane Project

TIP improves health outcomes for vulnerable populations by partnering with local stakeholders to build clinical care capacity, utilize data to provide quality care, & address barriers to sustainability from both the perspective of individual care recipients and health delivery systems.

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Bangalore
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12° 58' 16.806" N, 77° 38' 16.6668" E

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Bangalore
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