Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Health Equipment Development:
Coordinates an engineering team that utilized local materials to produce various medical machines including surgical and pediatric equipments. These medical equipment supplied to local hospitals include: operating tables, angle poise lamps used for various surgical purposes; phototherapy and suction machines used for Pediatrics surgery.Improves community health care

About You
World Youth Empowerment Association Incorporated
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Section 1: About You
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, SA

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


Organization Name

World Youth Empowerment Association Incorporated

Organization Phone


Organization Address

8 Leyden Court, Salisbury Downs, South Australia 5108

Organization Country

, SA

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, LA

What makes your idea unique?


WYEF's SMD Project is a joint partner initiative with Africa 2000 Technologies. This project seeks to development technological inventions that will better the African continent using local inexpensive materials.

Over the years, our team of engineers and technicians have researched and manufactured numerous medical, telecommunication, safety, industrial and household equipment which are in-use in Government Offices, Industries, Hospitals and Homes.

From users feedback, the WYEF's SMD equipment has been proven to be of high quality, very suitable for the African climate, very cheap compared to the imported foreign equipment, easily serviceable, efficient and durable with very long life span, withstands power fluctuations and surges, some of these equipment have inbuilt solar generating power -- which makes the equipment valuable in rural African communities where there are no electricity.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The WYEF's SMD program has assisted in improving the capacities of local hospitals by providing much need medical equipment that are not readily available. As a result, healthcare has improved as medical practitioners can now use these locally manufactured medical equipment to improve the effectiveness of their hospitals.

Hospitals and Medical Centers currently using our equipment includes:
* Federal medical Center Bida, Niger State, Nigeria
* Holy Trnity Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos
* General Hospital Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
* Alhamadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
* Nigeria Airforce Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos
and others.

Please visit our project website to view the pictures of WYEF's SMD medical equipment at

Also, on our website you will see the list of hospitals and medical centers using our medical machines including the descriptions of the equipment at and

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Lack of funding for the project is the primary problem. Funding to continue production on a large charitable scale has been difficult to achieve. As a result, production is as per order and depends on the ability of a Hospital or Medical Center to advance payment before production.

This factor has contributed to our organization's inability to sustain the initiative within the vision of making donations of the equipment to rural hospitals or critical emergency service organizations.

For this reason, we have scaled back to building our financial capacities before relaunching into the program.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

We have continued to sustain our vision to empowering communities through ideas that leads to overall development within Africa. For example, we have initiated an Africa-Australia program where African professionals are linked with Australian experts for capacity building and professional development -- with focus on increasing productivity and optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of government and private sector industries or organizations in Africa. Please view detailed information at

Our goal is to continue to build our network with communities and organizations in Africa and also, to strengthen ongoing partnerships in Australia. By so doing, we hope to develop substantial capacities to support our WYEF SMD projects.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

2010 - We have launched a social networking platform where we are currently in contact with 2000 African entrepreneurs and community members. We have sustained these relations through information sharing and social interactions. As a result, we have built a community of people from diverse ethnic nationalities in Africa interested in our programs and are ready to offer support at anytime. To demonstrate this, in two months we received expressions of interest from 300 African community leaders representing over 120 organizations in 30 countries who will be participating in our upcoming conferences in Adelaide, South Australia in June and July. Information of conference can be viewed at and

2011 - Through our collaboration with the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Laws in Africa and the African Chamber of Commerce Inc. in South Australia, we intend to host a summit inviting African High commissions in Australia and other Australian Stakeholders, creating an opportunity to discuss broad issues that can lead to sustainable development in Africa. Discussions are ongoing on this.

Within 2010 - 2012, if we are able to raise the necessary funding for our Skills and Manpower Development Project (production of cheap medical equipments with locally sources materials) we will relaunch the project in a large scale. The focus will be to deliver medical equipment to rural hospitals free of charges or at minimum cost. The benefit will be improved health care and maternal health. Also, infant mortality will reduce as we manufacture humidity cribs that has helped in saving several premature babies.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

Through our proactive approach to enhancing the effectiveness of healthcare delivery, we are certain to impact on government's health policies.This may include motivating the government to adopt policies that can increase funding to local hospitals. This extra funding can be used to purchase critical medical equipment. Also, policies could be adopted by the government to monitor implementation to ensure critical medical needs are met, and review progress to identify where improvements are needed.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Partnership is critical to the success of our innovation as we need sponsors and donor agencies to significantly implement the innovation. Also, we need local partnerships with community organizations to identify critical needs and to effectively implement programs - this strategic partnership will ensure we comply with societal norms and respect individual community's culture. In the area of Human resources, we need to provide adequate incentive and motivations to our team of technicians. This also includes, taking care of volunteers who are assisting in the holistic processes of managing the project.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Business Plan and Revenue Model had been to recoup production cost through the sales of the medical equipments manufactured.

We are also sourcing for bulk orders from governments or organizations -- this bulk orders can enable the equipment to be produced at cheaper costs.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Family members dieing because of lack of basic medical equipment that could have saved them. Very traumatic. Lost 4 family members in two years.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

John Nze-Bertram, President of the World Youth Empowerment Foundation (International) and the World Youth Empowerment Association Inc. WYEA (Australia) is a dedicated and versatile administrator, with several years of experience among international not-for-profit organizations and private enterprises. He possess extensive skills, knowledge and experience in strategic project management - planning, networking, analyzing, implementing, integrating, monitoring and reviewing. Strong blend of managerial, professional and interpersonal skills. Proven success working under pressure within stringent time frames and meeting demanding targets. Capacity to make difficult decisions and achieve results. Ability to achieve goals with limited resources and to facilitate and optimize difficult and complex negotiation situations with across linguistically and culturally diverse groups.

John Nze-Bertram is an alumni of South Australian Government Vocational Education and Training (TAFESA) - Interlink Program; School of International Studies University of South Australia; Commercial Law University of South Australia; continuing studies at the School of Law, University of South Australia.

He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia; Member of the United Nations Society University of South Australia ; Executive Board Member of the African Chamber of Commerce Incorporated South Australia; Australian National Coordinator of “Club OHADA” - Organization for the Harmonization of Business Laws in Africa; International Team Leader of the " South Australian Trade and Tourism Project” -- coordinating and networking with over 600 organizations worldwide.

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How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Economic or institutional constraints, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

In developing countries, poverty is one of the reasons why several women cannot get quality medical treatment - therefore, by making affordable or donating our medical equipment free of charge to local hospitals, will significantly improve health care situations in underprivileged communities. Also, cost of medical services will reduce, making medical treatment affordable for women and their children

Economic and Institutional Restraint - certainly, our efforts in canvassing for policy change in healthcare will help in motivating the government to increase their funding in the health sector.

Women in Africa are usually neglected in technology education due to certain cultural practices that discriminates against women. Our program provides a platform for women to empower themselves with technological skills.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology design, Market research, Technology introduction, Technology training, Technology supply and distribution, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs, Assessment and evaluation.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

From the planning,leading, organizing, implementing and controlling stages of our programs, women are involved and we will continue to encourage others to participate. Fully integrated in our board are women who participate in technical and strategic decision making. Also, to attract more women into our program, we setup a peer education program, where women technicians can train other women. Other aspects where women play active roles in our program is in research and development.

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Peri-urban, Urban, Low income, Middle income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?


Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.