My Reproductive Health (myRH)
Explain your project in details:
Young people especially those residing in rural communities lack access to credible sexual and reproductive health information/services. Despite recent advances in the availability of family planning and reproductive health (FPRH) services in Cameroon, many rural communities are affected by low uptake of these services, thus the high rates of contraceptive discontinuation, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and persisting high infant and maternal mortality. Yantih is leveraging low-cost technologies (SMS/IVR/USSD/web/mobile app) to build products that make reproductive healthcare better and more accessible for the underserved. Yantih is personalizing reproductive healthcare to improve outcomes for people, providers and the entire system by using innovative technologies. We have integrated a micro fund component to our platform that is built by converting subscribers recyclable plastic waste to cash. Each subscriber owns an e-account that serves as a virtual account into which the micro fund is deposited. 50% of this micro fund is reserved for their health insurance, 25% is deposited into their mobile money accounts as income while the balance 25% is used to sustain and manage the activities of the platform. Goal: To establish a platform that better serves the unmet reproductive health needs of women, men and young people in Africa. Objectives We seek to create a platform that 1. Uses mobile technologies to increase the knowledge of young people on sexual and reproductive health and rights. 2. Provide secure reproductive health and family planning related e-counseling/e-consultation services to people of reproductive age. 3. Increase access to high quality reproductive health services/products including modern contraceptive methods. 4. Build a micro fund by converting recyclable plastic wastes into cash, part of which serves as a source of income to active subscribers.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We believe that improved access to family planning and reproductive health services(FPRH) is an essential component of sustainable development and poverty alleviation. When women, men and young people are empowered to decide on how to time and space their families, the economic wellbeing of the community is improved. Families that have access to family planning and reproductive health services experience health benefits in addition to larger incomes, greater accumulation of wealth, and higher levels of education. We have engaged more than 30 community health workers who sensitize, promote and register new subscribers to our platform. In addition, this initiative shall contribute to country level efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG 1: end poverty in all its forms everywhere, SDG 3: ensure healthy life and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. A successful implementation of the project will • Empower young girls to stay in school and get educated • Strengthen families • Create healthy and productive societies • Save lives • Decrease maternal and infant mortality • Reduce unemployment. Local authorities were understanding and allowed us to work with local communities to provide information through youth-friendly methods, in a fun, interactive way. Within three months of piloting our initiative, we already had more than 3000 active subscribers and started receiving positive feedback from authorities and parents in the communities, which allowed us to expand our work to other neighboring communities in the health district. At the pilot phase we were recognized by FHI360 who provided us with award winning UN certified reproductive health content for our subscribers.
Sustainability and future plans
Yantih provides vital health information to subscribers via mobile/web app, sms and voice call in their local language through our database in exchange for a paid cost. Subscribers pay monthly or yearly to enjoy our premium services using Recharge cards, USSD codes, VAS services and scratch cards available in all primary health care when fully in expanded to scale. (a) Freemium model: A Freemium model that allows subscribers to access sexual and reproductive health tips including birth control reminders for free only. It convinces them in the service quality and converts them to ambassadors and subscribe to the premium features (b) B2C (Business to customer) Model: • We charge users in the urban centers for one time subscription fee as low as $2 to access our information on their mobile phones throughout the year. • We use our distribution channels to provide reproductive health essentials to our subscribers. (c) B2B (Business to Business) Model: • Yantih provides paid subscription for Government Agencies, NGOs, Hospitals, clinics, care providers to use our robust mhealth software platform to engage women, men and young people in their local communities they serve. These may include but not limited to blasting family planning reminders, pregnancy care, HIV and public health campaigns. • We sign premium contracts with NGOs, agencies, researcher’s providing them with real time data and valuable insights to assist their research in improving sexual and reproductive healthcare. Our next milestone is to partner with telcos, pharmaceutical companies, consumer companies and other NGOs for future growth.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Kundoh Kengjisu Vegah is a 31 year old Cameroonian from a single parent family of ten children. He is the originator of Yantih Technologies. He grew up in a resource-strapped setting in the North West Region of Cameroon where he was horrified by the alarming number of teen girls with unwanted pregnancies and many losing their lives to illegal and unsafe abortion. He is a medical laboratory scientist and his passion to impact lives and the quest for change in the lives of young people made him an entrepreneur. He is trustworthy, patient, focused and humble.An open-minded person with unquenchable desire to learn and easily work in collaboration with other professionals and senior managers. Experienced in community development/empowerment, capacity building, advising and coordinating teams. Team work has always been his priority in leadership as together each achieves much. I am bilingual, meticulous, diligent, have an eye for detail, great people skills, and an adept of needs and evidence-based, cost-effective, user-tailored, sustainable and environment-friendly solutions. I am an effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation strengths as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results.