The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

INEZA Digital Health Solution

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Explain your idea in details:

Africa's biggest asset is its population, therefore it is crucial to assure it's well being. One of the biggest health challenges that African countries and other third world countries are facing is infant mortality due to lack of access to essential health care services such as vaccinations. The main objective of this project is to reduce infant mortality by providing a solution that allows every new born mother to take their child for all the required vaccinations.Mobile phone usage has considerably increased in past decade in Africa but internet penetration is still slow. Therefore, the solution takes advantage of the exponentially growing number of mobile users, especially in rural areas, by using an SMS-based platform that schedules reminders to be sent to mother. Additionally, mothers are provided with a baby thermometer and an instruction booklet to monitor the baby's vitals while at home. This will allow the mother to know when she should take her baby to a health facility for medical assistance.The solution has:1. SMS notification platform: a web-based application that registers babies and mother, schedules SMSs to be sent and sends them,2. Baby digital thermometer: to monitor the baby's vitals,3. And an instruction booklet that provides details of how to perform first aid on a baby in case of emergency.This would a be a unique and effective solution that can reduce considerably infant mortality.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

A country with a healthy population is a wealthy country. The intended impact of the solution is to reduce infant mortality in rural areas and improve essential health care access. Over 400,000 babies are born every year in Burundi but only 47% receive vaccination. The infant mortality in the country is at 60 deaths/1000 child births. These numbers are the basis of measuring the impact of the solution. We are targeting mothers at health care facilities especially in rural areas by putting registration agents in place. We intend to increase the number of vaccinated babies in the country by registering up to 300,000 babies in the first year which will increase the number of vaccinated babies up to 75%. The evaluation will be done by comparing statistics from before the implementation and after.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

The project will be implemented by posting registration agents at health facilities to register new born baby mothers in our database. We also intend to collaborate with the ministry of health and health facility managers to facilitate the registration and process and more importantly to raise awareness of the importance of the solution.The service will be provided through an affordable annual registration fee to assure the sustainability of the project and raising funds.

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HABIMANA Yves, 28 years old graduated with an Engineering degree in Telecommunications & networks in 2016 and currently completing a masters degree in Information Technology. Has a 4 year experience in web development and has worked as a volunteer in various youth projects. Just in 2018 he presented a research paper on BDA in health care, attended a 3 weeks summer school on entrepreneurship in Addis Ababa, attended the World Youth Forum in Egypt and the Africa 2018 Forum in Egypt. Founder of a small startup ( that was selected among the promising startups in Africa in 2018. Coming from one the poorest countries in the world, he is passionate of providing solutions that can improve the well being of his community.

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May 24, 2019 12:47

If everyone were a Mother, a good mother for that matter, they would all vote for you. We have lost infants die to ignorance as in a kid chocking to death. I will definitely vote for you.
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