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Ask Without Shame: supports youth in sexual and reproductive emergencies anonymously via mobile

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AWS was founded by Ruth Nabembezi, who grew up in an orphanage home in Uganda. Her parents passed away when she was young because of AIDS. Her sister developed severe skin rashes, the village believed she was possesed by demons and took her to a witch doctor where she died. She was born with HIV and could have been saved if treated by medical doctors. Ruth developed a frustration that people in Uganda do not have information in regards to sex and are not supposed to speak about it. 

 Link to online video (if available) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKOPF0eB8jg

Your products and services

Ask Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile through an android app, WhatsApp, calls and SMS. Medical experts and counselors are available 24/7 to assist users with the right information regarding sexuality.

Ask Without Shame has been able to debunk myths, stop probable HIV transmissions and unwanted pregnancies. Ask Without Shame is offering sex education at the fingertips of every youth from the age of 12 to 35 years without judgment or shame. Many users share information with us they are too ashamed and afraid to share with anyone else.

Your success factors 

Ask Without Shame launched in in Dec. 2015 and has responded to over 70,000 questions from 35,000 users. Through 3000 stickers in public mini busses we have been able to reach about 25,000 users and had to stop stickering because we were overwhelmed with incoming questions before our cloud based call center solution went live in November 2016.

There are over 20 million youth in reproductive age in East Africa and over 1 billion across the African continent. We want that all African youth have access to the information they need when it comes to sexuality to be able to make informed decisions for themselves.

Because our founder Ruth has been able to transform her own difficult past inot a strenght, she won the African Women Award in the category of “Young Change Maker”, she won the Queen’s Young Leader Award and was nominated for the BBC Outlook Inspirations Award. Ask WIthout Shame also won the appsafrica Innovation Awards in the categoryof “Social impact”. All this happened in 2016.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing

Speaking about sex in East Africa is considered a taboo and many youths have no or little access to the information they need. Especially girls, who have been abused or raped, have often no place to get support from because they fear the stigmatization from the family and society. They often end up suffering in silence and believing that something is wrong with them while staying disempowered.

The users of Ask Without Same are typically from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially lacking basic needs and are often too ashamed to tell anyone about their problem. Some are for example school children forced to have sex in return for school fees, others are young women facing domestic violence. Ask Without Shame offers a free and pragmatic solution to cover an immense lack of sex information in young people due to a taboo in the East African society. Some girls have also contacted us after having been raped.

 Your business model (how do you make money?)

We operate on a freemium model. Many users have shared information with us, which they have not shared with anyone else and do not want to share to others, even if we refer them to seek medical help. We are currently setting up our own clinic, specialized in sexual health. Users requiring medical services come in and pay for the treatment or the coaching services. We are also making referrals to partner clinics on commission basis.

The biggest revenue will come in through the data we capture. In the near future we will be able to generate reports on the specific needs of e.g. NGOs working in the field of sexual rights, on the exact challenges youth are facing to a topic in a specific area. Getting reliable data in developing countries on a taboo topic is almost impossible, while keeping the anonymity ofour users, we are ableto exactly tell what challenges the youth are facing.

A few words about your competitors

Ask Without Shame is a social business, tackling a social problem through business. We therefore do not see other organizations as our competitors but asour partners, driving the samesocialchange. We have thereforealready partnered with Marie Stopes Uganda, providing a helpline on family planning and with the LoveDoctor from India, giving a helpline and WhatsApp supporton relationship issues.

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www.askwithoutshame.com

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LOVICA : a GPS based mobile application that links patients and their families to doctors

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LOVICA E-CARE was started by Hellen Odegi and later invited Dorcas Odegi. The idea came when I (Hellen Odegi) needed urgent after surgery care at home (in Nairobi, Kenya) and could not get any caregiver to come to my house to assist me with my medical needs.  I had to go through a painful process of being taken to the hospital almost on a daily basis for over two months for dressing and checkup which otherwise could have been done by a nurse or certified health professional at home.  

During this period I decided to create a solution that will help other patients and make their healing process more comfortable.  My goal was to make healthcare services more reachable and more inclusive.  

LOVICA is the name of the online platform and mobile App that we are creating to connect healthcare givers with patients. LOVICA will manage the database of the Healthcare givers ensuring they are vetted and capable.

Your products and services 

Our products is a GPS based mobile application that links patients and their families to doctors, nurses, home health caregivers, physiotherapists and other care that can be given at the comfort of their homes or anywhere where help is needed

Your success factors 

  • Reaching a target of 10,000  users of the mobile application or web application by the end of the 2nd year
  • Reducing the number of after surgery re-admissions by giving quality care to surgery patients after hospital stays
  • Entering a second market e.g Uganda
  • Partnering with government as an alternative to reaching remotely or ill-served areas of the country

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

We are introducing an online and smartphone model for getting healthcare services.  The application will allow patients to quickly connect to health care givers. The App is GPS and Location aware App thus dispatch will be quick and the nearest caregivers will be dispatched

Your business model  

Patients and Service providers will subscribe to the platform and pay a monthly charge as follows :

In Kenya USD 20 (Kshs 2,000) per visit. This rate was decided after determining that the current Rates per consultation in the preferred hospitals in capital city Nairobi is between Kshs 2,000 to Kshs 3,900.  Private consultants charge from Kshs 3,000 and above. 

A few words about your competitors

Our main competitors are traditional hospitals where patients have to go physically. For example the Nairobi Hospital Karen Hospital, Coptic Hospital, Kijabe Hospital and the Kenyatta National Hospital

Your website 

www.lovicacare.com

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Mama Mzazi Mommy and Me : Supporting and empowering mothers

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Our founder Franciscah Nzanga; a Certified Micro-insurance Expert and Principal Officer for a global micro-insurance firm; decided to start Mama Mzazi Mommy and Me after her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Having been hospitalized at 7 months of pregnancy and being put on bed rest thereafter she found herself scared, confused and with little information on what was happening.

After the birth of her daughter in 2015 came with it another list of challenges from the basics such as breastfeeding to complementary feeding, potty training and much more. She found herself constantly researching online on different things pertaining to child care and with little information relevant for the Kenyan market she took regular trips to the doctors just to ensure that she was doing it right. It is at this point that she wondered how other mothers went about their childcare challenges.

The world assumes that every mother has a secret book on how to take care of a baby which makes most mothers hesitant to ask for advice. Other mothers also just shy away due to the high consultation fees and find themselves using traditional and outdated child care methods passed down through generations; such as blowing on the head of a choking baby to stop the choking.

It is for this reason that Mama Mzazi Mommy and Me was born, to empower every mother and bridge the gap between them and the child care information they so desperately need.

Link to online video  

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TsWpzWkWlRjpRWYGYJmmKd1ZNNKcb07r

Your products and services 

As Mama Mzazi Mommy and Me our goal is to support and empower mothers. We do this in four (4) main ways:

  1. Provision of child care information on our online platforms tailor made for the Kenyan market and backed up by research, experience and expert advice.
  2. Mama Mzazi Talks: we host monthly live discussion forums with expert guest speakers dubbed Mama Mzazi Talks. With a mobile penetration in Kenya of 88% mothers are able to join the discussion from the comfort of their homes and ask any questions they might have.
  3. Pediatric First Aid Training: According to the WHO 2,000 children die every day due to accidental fatal injuries. We look to change these statistics by offering Pediatric First Aid training for mothers and care givers where we use dummy dolls to make the sessions more lively and memorable.
  4. Provision of Manual and automatic breast pumps at affordable prices, which helps us fund our other activities.

Your success factors 

For us success means being able to reach and impact the life of the everyday mom by letting them know they are not alone in their motherhood journey. Our content has reached a total of 20,000+ mothers with our talks reaching a total of 10,000+ mothers. By the end of 2018 our aim is to reach and empower a total of 100,000 mothers through our different channels.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

Unlike our competitors our main focus is the everyday mom and we look to offer them real like solutions to their everyday challenges. With our team of volunteer child care experts and based on our research and experience we are able to ensure that the information we rely is relevant for the Kenyan market, such as healthy recipes using easily accessible local products. We were also the first to introduce the provision of child care talks and discussion forums via online platforms such as Facebook Live.

Your business model (how do you make money?)

Our main sources of revenue is through:

  1. the provision of Pediatric First Aid Classes to mother groups, day cares and other child care givers;
  2. through the sell of manual and automatic breast pumps; and
  3. through our recently introduced advertising provision for our online talks.

Your website 

http://www.mamamzazi.com

 

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Cameroon Safety Services (CSS) : Making the Business World for SMEs Healthy, Safe and Eco-Friendly

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NYONG Clement Bantar is passionate about Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE). He is the man who wants to “Make the Business World for SMEs Healthy, Safe and Eco-Friendly”. He is the Founder and CEO of Cameroon Safety Services (CSS), a Cameroon base social and consulting Firm whose mission is to contribute in building a Healthy, Safe and Green culture in Cameroon and African mentality.  

He is holder of Bachelor degree in Geosciences and has worked for five years in the Oil and Gas Industry both in African and European countries. He is a Certified HSE for Youth Trainer, member of HSE Europe group, Certified SERVANT LEADER , Honorary awards Leadership in the category of ENVIRONMENT and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT issued by Go Ahead Africa Ltd , member of the Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) network, Business and Entrepreneurship leader and a Tony Elumelu 2017 Entrepreneur, BOCCONI University 6 weeks Business participant, His project was pre-selected among 20 projects out of 550 projects by the Jury of Startup-Afro 2017 Edition.Participant at the Cameroon Leadership Academy (September 2015)… He has received several online courses in Health, Safety and Environment, volunteer participant at the National Forum on QHSE,

A news report released On 7 September 2017 by the International Labour Organization after its triennial World Congress held in SINGAPORE on safety and Health at work, indicates that the Global number of work-related fatal injuries and accidents have increased from 2.3 million to 2.78 million per year. And estimated that a Global cost of 2.99 trillion US Dollar was spent on Safety and Health at work-related incident by Employers, highlighting that it is as a result of failure to address Health and Safety concerns with 40% of youths most like to be affected than old people.

The idea to create CSS came about when he observed continuous reports from International and national organizations about cases of increasing work-related accidents, illnesses, deaths, injuries, Floods, Global warming, Climate change, unhygienic and unsafe conditions in Companies, Organizations, Communities, Countries and Continents. Realizing the vast and complexity of practical solutions to overcome this phenomenon, he decided to apply his experience in Health, Safety and Environment acquired in the energy industry to bring sustainable solutions to this area through quality HSE Training and Eco services for a Global well being. The aim is to raise a Global awareness in the subconscious of people and develop an eco-friendly lifestyle especially for very small and medium-size enterprises VSE/SME to accompany them comply with international norms such as the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 etc at very low cost and enable them stay competitive in the Market.

On 28 July 2016 CSS was legally created and the idea is to provide HSE Education, HSE workshops, HSE Social Events and Eco services in Companies, Organizations, Government, Schools, Orphanages, Communities. Donation and monitoring program of HSE working tools to organizations where necessary will provide solutions to this area. The project is already being implemented in Douala and will progressively cover the entire Cameroon and Africa through collaborations and partnerships arrangements.

Link to online video 

https://www.facebook.com/CameroonSafetyServices/videos/1187623681250791/

Your products and services 

ETS Cameroon Safety Services (ETS CSS) is a social and consulting Enterprise that provides sustainable QHSE solutions to promote community wellbeing and prevent work-related accidents, Environmental pollution for Businesses and Organizations. ETS CSS utilizes its expertise in the areas of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) to provide international standard and cost-effective solutions to very small and medium size Enterprises within Cameroon and Africa in the near future. CSS provides a multitude of services to Small and Medium-size Enterprises which include:

  • International standard Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Training.
  • HSE Consulting; (example Environmental assessment and risk control), accompany VSE/SME achieve and comply with international standards such as  ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 etc.
  • Eco services (Eco cleaning, Greenspace creation and management, selling plants and Flowers), Organize HSE workshops and Events and sell of HSE equipment and working tools, Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • HSE Cooperate Social Responsibility.
  • HSE Social Workshop

Your success factors 

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) if well practised in projects and Companies will boost productivity, reduce indirect cost and work-related dead usually cause as result poor QHSE implementation by both employee and employer. HSE is meant to be applied in all types of businesses and organizations but little has been done in this area especially in Cameroon and Africa. HSE is a good tool for Corporate Social Responsibility and many Businesses will need it to harmonize their business with the environment where they operate.

Our leadership skills and expertise in HSE, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, project management and Social activities will make Cameroon and Africa Healthy, Safe and Green through CSS’s different HSE Services.Both the Government and the international organisations are putting pressure on Companies to implement HSE Standards in their businesses.We are focus on very Small and Medium-size enterprises with less than 250 employees.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

We are focus on very Small and Medium-size enterprises with less than 250 employees in other to assist them stay productive and competitive using QHSE Standards at low cost.We want HSE to be a culture, that is why CSS will operate as a Business and at the same time as a Social Enterprise so that funds generated and donations can be used to organize and provide free HSE training and workshops on Climate Change, Road Safety, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Injury prevention, First Aids, Fire prevention etc. in Schools, NGOs, Associations, Communities. We equally aim to donate sanitary materials, Malaria medications, mosquito treated nets, Plants and Flowers… to these organizations.

Your business model 

CSS propose a B-B and B-G business model to provide the best quality and international standard HSE Services adapted to local Business and Organizations. We are getting visibility through local press media, social media. We make money through HSE Training, HSE Consulting (e.g Environmental Risk assessment and control, CSR) and Eco services such as Eco cleaning and Greenspace management). We intend to increase our revenue by creating a large green space where plants and flower of different species will be planted for sale. CSS intend in the future to own a modern HSE Training facility, Shops for HSE equipment and Eco cleaning tools to supply Companies, that will generate additional profits. As a Social Enterprise, CSS will get additional funds and materials donation from Organizations, Company and sympathizing individuals in other to carry out its social activities.

A few words about your competitors

When fighting to solve a Global problem like Health, Safety and Environment, CSS believes there is actually no Competitor. However, there are few Companies in the area of HSE in Cameroon and their training are very costly causing companies to refrain from training employees in this area and this leads to reoccurring work accidents, illnesses and Environmental destruction. We propose cost-effective training yet profitable to us. Many Urban gardeners lack the marketing skills for their green business, so we are bringing in a portfolio that will serve every business, Organization, community and Government thereby making Africa and the World Green Again.

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www.cameroonsafetyservices.org

 

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