Explain your project in details:
7 of 10 of Indonesian People have dental problems. This situation is triggered by relatively expensive treatment. Dental Problems are expensive disease treatment in Indonesia. Whereas, almost 135 million people in Indonesia are low-middle income people. So that's way, most of the Indonesian people treat their dental problems to illegal dental practitioners. Illegal dental practitioners are people who give dental treatment without the proper licenses and formal education. So, patients cant get the high standard treatment quality and many of them being the victims. In the other side, actually, talking about the dental treatment we should take into account dental students (co-assistants). In 5th and 6th year, they are required to do mandatory treatments to obtain the dentist title. By caring our dental problem to dental students, patients could get an affordable treatment cost, up to 80% cheaper than dentists, and high standard treatment quality because they are supervised directly by professional dentists. And this is a legal treatment because this is part of the educational system. However, 50% of dental students take the longer time to obtain the dentist title because they have some problems to find right cases patients, the right schedule, besides the financial problem. So, we have two big problems here that are the lack of affordable dental treatment for low-middle income people and dental student needs patients to obtain the dentist title. COASS is the first platform in Indonesia that used to help dental students (co-assistants) to get patients with the right cases, right schedule, and help to find funding. COASS is the first win-win solution and innovation in Indonesia that connect them. So, by using COASS, dental students are easier to find patients and patients can get free treatment
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In Indonesia, Based on Health Ministry Research in 2007, 7 of 10 of Indonesian people have dental problems. The DMF-T (Decay, Missing, Filled Teeth) Index is 4.6. It means that every Indonesian people have 4 until 5 damage teeth. Dental problem is often ignored by people, even though this problem strongly related to the systemic disease such as heart disease, mouth cancer, diabetes, strokes, lung conditions, and many others. By checking our dental health, we can prevent many diseases such as HIV because HIV sign and symptom is shown through the mouth. In Indonesia, there are 8000 dental students. Every dental student should treat minimum 136 patients. So COASS can help 1,088,000 people every period. We also hope people are conscious and able to get the dental treatment by maximizing the existence of dental student with connecting dental student and patients, make Dental Health Education (DHE), and help to find funding. Our goal is supporting the 3rd of SDGs that is Good Health and Well Being. We believe that dental problem can be avoided through prevention, treatment, and education. By checking dental condition we also can prevent many diseases because many of them are showing sign and symptom in oral. Now, we have almost 171 dental students, more than 1700 patients, and almost 4 thousand cases in 9 cities. This is a good step because Indonesia has 32 faculties of dentistry. So imagine how many people we can help with this project. COASS got several achievements such as Best Social Startup Ideas and 4th Winner of Asia Social Innovation Awards 2016, 1st Winner of ESPRIEX BMC ASEAN 2017 and being a representative of ASEAN in IBMC 2017 in Silicon Valley. And we got Top 40 Lean Start-up from 27 countries, and almost 6000 teams in International Business Model Competition 2017.
Sustainability and future plans
Our revenue streams are membership, crowdfunding, and advertisement. For membership, patients and dental student pay the membership fee. For the patient, the fee is just for treatment but more affordable than usual. If they just want to consultation, it is free. For crowdfunding, from each community development, we do a screening. And we do calculation the total treatment fee. Finally, we make a campaign to help the treatment fee so it will be affordable. For advertisement, in our platform, we also show the dental tools or dental health products which are cooperated with us. You can imagine if all dental students in Indonesia which reach a number of 8000. With the minimum cases have to be treated by them are 136 cases. We can help more than 1 million people in every year. This is our business model in our initial stage. In the future, we want to optimize CSR & enterprises as our benefactor and applying cost replacement fee. Now, we have cooperated with Rumah Zakat. We got 3 ambulances as the transportation for patients. This platform has strong sustainability because dental students will exist every 4 months. Beside supporting SDGs, our future targets are also hoping to cooperate with Government to support the goals of BPJS/health insurance and expand to all over universities in Indonesia. We hope this project can be applied to another developing country that has the same problem with us. So, our goal is we can make a big community who care about dental health.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Arief Faqihudin: Founder & CEO of COASS. He is an engineering student in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He has a passion for business, technology, especially relation between medical and engineering. COASS is his 2nd innovation about medical and engineering. In 2014, he was built INOVIA, an audio and visual distraction tools that's used to overcome anxiety and fear in children while undergoing dental treatment. In COASS, he manages all from technology, business, and future development. He is a specialist of UI / UX Design in COASS. He has active 2 months in student study services and many organizations. He built COASS after he has lost his friend because of a toothache and he decided to solve this problem and want these problems never should happen to anyone ever again. Silva Eliana Aspriyanti: Founder & CBDO of COASS. She is dentistry student in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She was active for 5 years in community development and active in the national organization of dentistry, and she has many network and links over there. Due to her activities and her awareness, she really cares about the problem in her environment proved by her innovation called DENTALION, an innovation of diagnostic device for mouth screening that is portable. The next year she invents MEDIGLOWS, integration between LED light sources and an electronic system that can be attached to the end of the fingers of the hand and wrist that is flexible and portable. In addition, these products are also economical and easy to use by health workers during the examination both at the clinic and outside the clinic. Her projects got two gold medals in Scientific Research Student Week 2014 and 2015 in entrepreneurship sector. And now with Arief, COASS was founded because of her care about dental problems in Indonesia.