Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Beri-nut Nutrition status Data Management Application

Published on September 7, 2021 um 16:24

Explain your idea in details:

A good day on the field as a health and nutrition mobile clinic team means, we cater for all malnourished children age 6- 59 months in the community visited. This means receiving patients referred by community health workers, cross-checking their nutritional status to validate them for admission or treat basic to moderate illnesses where there is no malnutrition. The procedure of obtaining anthropometric measurements and using a Z-score board to decipher the child's nutritional status can be cumbersome, and increase the error margin. On the other hand, some children are left unattended to in very hard to reach or insecure areas. This therefore increases the rate of malnutrition and subsequent deaths which could be avoided if community health workers were empowered with a tool to facilitate interpretation of anthropometric measurements. For a Humanitarian organization to provide adequate help to a community, an initial needs assessment should be done. In the domain of malnutrition, the Global Acute Malnutrition Rate has to be sought. In these hard to reach or insecure areas, this assessment has not been successfully done. Approximations and extrapolations from communities slightly easier to penetrate have been used in the past, which do not give a true picture of the situation on site. Beri-nut Nutrition Status Data Management Application bridges this gap, empowering community health workers to take anthropometric measurements and transmit correct interpretations for proper action to be taken, as well as facilitates interpretation of same for health personnel. This tool is to be used to collect, interpret, follow-up and generate reports from screening data. This will curb the problem in obtaining assessment information and increase the quality of care given to children age 6-59 months in the most vulnerable communities.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

In a country facing a civil war in one part of the nation, the most affected are children 0 to 5 years of age whose parents might either be dead or impoverished, thus unable to cover cost of basic feeding of their children, not to talk of cost of care at hospitals as some of these children get malnourished, nor the complications which later surface. According to SDG3, our intervention is an adequate contribution for healthy lives of under 5 children as this data collection tool highlights those necessitating health care, as well as provide progress status for children already admitted to the malnutrition program. Our data collection tool also covers SDG8, as the key users of this tool are hired from these struggling communities, therefore reducing the very high unemployment rates. Promoting nutrition as seen in SDG2, is amongst our primary aims of creating this tool, as supplementary and therapeutic foods are systematically provided for the under 5s according to the assessment of the z-score and MUAC readings of each child. UNICEF reports state that Severe Acute Malnutrition is responsible for 38% of deaths among children under age five in Cameroon. According to the UNICEF Sitrep of October 2020, 2195 under 5 children were accessed and classified as malnourished. If the application can be adopted by all implementing partners in all areas of unrest in Cameroon, there would be an exponential growth in the number of malnourished children accessed and saved.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Our preferred business model for this application is Business to Consumer as the application is to be used by Humanitarian Organizations running health and nutrition programs. These consumers will use this application to obtain nutrition status data, necessary for implementation of all nutrition type projects. This will ensure more efficient screening within communities therefore increasing the number of children treated for malnutrition, as well as improve the implementing organizations output. These Organizations will purchase software subscription licenses, covering cost for production and running of the application. Beri-nut aims to grow into a nationwide used nutrition application. As at now, the prototype developed is being tested on the field. At this stage, Beri-nut is incurring all cost such that it may provide the best quality of the application to consumers. We will progress to the implementation stage, where Implementing Organizations ready to try it will test run it for a specific period of time, for which our developers will work tirelessly to modify the applications interface to suit each consumer. At the end of this period, the application will be launched commercially for subscription and expansion to other Organizations and Countries as need arises. Two offices are to be operational when Beri-nut subscriptions start multiplying to facilitate meetings. These offices will be opened in the areas where malnutrition has been prominent. A larger team will be constituted to comfortably engage consumers as need arises. As our final long-term goal, Beri-nut will establish a Foundation granting Health and Nutrition services to the communities in need free of charge.

Your profile

I was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in August 1992. During my early academic life, I lived in Bamenda, in the North West Region of Cameroon. After high school I left my hometown for Pharmacy school in Yaounde, the Center Region. During my pharmacy school years, I developed a growing interest in first aid and CPR because of the increasing number of people who died as a consequence of ignorance regarding first aid principles. I became a CPR trainer and started providing a few trainings. With the evolution of the 'Anglophone crisis' in the North and South West Regions from 2016, the reports of increased hunger and poverty made every visit to the place I called home heart breaking. I started seeing and hearing of cases of malnourished children and wanted to help. With this new burning desire, once I graduated from school and got the opportunity to work in any nutrition related area, I embraced each opportunity, developing myself, receiving trainings and volunteering till I got my golden opportunity, working with a Health and Nutrition based Organization. While there, we were able to treat so many children and change their lives, and mine more than ever. My passion grew daily till I got frustrated by our security limits. Seeing and hearing of great health needs in some very hard to reach and insecure areas, made my team and I melt in sorrow as we were unable to carry out our required number of visits and follow up of these vulnerable children. The idea of simplifying screening such that the community health worker can comfortably move within their village, where access is limited, obtain and follow up malnourished children with direct assistance and instructions from the application and health care workers gave me a new purpose.

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November 1, 2021 17:45

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Your idea is very smart and practical.

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October 28, 2021 21:11

Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.
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October 28, 2021 06:03

Thank you for your comments Norman and Divine, Beri-Nut truly targets a clear reduction is malnutrition rates as well as an increased awareness of malnutrition and the main practices to prevent it.

Budzi Divine Ngeh

October 27, 2021 10:24

Innovative strategy for rural communities and limited resource settings. Very Exquisite. This will meet the needs of children, accessing their health risks and bringing rapid health interventions.

Zanke Norman

October 27, 2021 10:07

This is great Burna. I think this will really help to close the gap on malnutrition. Humanitarian definitely need this intervention. I have known you to be very strong and resilient .You are indeed a go getter. Keep up. I wish you good luck

October 25, 2021 18:53

What's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something great? You only live once, if you live it right, once is enough.
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I really support your idea completely.. your idea is unconventional.
never give up
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October 22, 2021 20:02

Always remember, you have the strength, patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/32/21472/
Your idea is great.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

October 5, 2021 21:17

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Success is not final, failure is not fatal, It is the courage to continue that counts.

Your idea is very smart and practical.
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Chia Patience

September 30, 2021 20:13

Great initiative, innovative and one of its kind.
This will be of great help to everyone especially in Africa and Caneroon in particular.
I pray this initiative will be able to reach the most vulnerable and penetrate into the suburbs of our country

Menkem Sother

September 30, 2021 08:26

Food is an essential element in the life of humans. Its procurement and equal distribution is however difficult, thus causing inequality and malnutrition. Beri-nut nutrition status management data application will instantly solve this problem.
Congrats Bruna

Menkem Sother

September 30, 2021 08:26

Food is an essential element in the life of humans. Its procurement and equal distribution is however difficult, thus causing inequality and malnutrition. Beri-nut nutrition status management data application will instantly solve this problem.
Congrats Bruna

Nubitgha George Sunday

September 30, 2021 08:15

This is actually amazing . Truth is work of this nature deserve to be applauded. You have my respect Bruna. Keep up the good work. We cannot under estimate the importance of Malnutrition in our society today. Good work one again . You are doing well.

Aji Blaise

September 29, 2021 20:37

Credible idea and immense in action. Worth supporting in a world plagued by frailties, much more humanitarian in nature. It's pragmatism makes it laudable and distinguishing. Courage Bruna

Christian Ayafor

September 29, 2021 02:17

This is a laudable initiative Bruna!!! Forward ever with great projects that shall bring forth concrete solutions to the ills of our society. The children are our future. Bringing forth solutions that will help them in these difficult times is awesome.

Semo Anabel

September 28, 2021 21:18

Great initiative with very practical concepts. Might not look great at view but it's very impacting. In our today's world we barely get a count down of kids together with their families,that have 3 balanced meals per day. Thumbs up Doc, i join the others to applaud the efforts made.

Forti Kusamia

September 28, 2021 16:44

Zero Tolerance to Malnutrition !! This is actually a great initiative I personally encourage this and I say keep on soaring with such an initiative. Its going to actually curb the high rate of kids dying in the bushes due to malnutrition and this is going to make tracking of malnourished cases easy.
Keep Soaring, and keep on changing strategies when it seems complicated!!!!

Fonazi Sheron

September 28, 2021 07:45

Well done B. Very inspiring ideas you have. I look forward to the next step. This is a tool the Public Health system will definitely find very useful. I hope you get it...

sanji Ernest

September 28, 2021 07:21

Great initiative...... malnutrition has always be a course for concern that has been neglected in this part of the world. I think this app will go a long way to help especially the children in the crises areas of the NW,SW and the Northen parts of Cameroon. Kudos Doc Njeba.

Ngang Fru Delvis

September 28, 2021 05:32

Malnutrition is a public health challenge in LMICs. Beri Nuts is a state of the art tool for the real time detection and tracking of malnourishment by community health workers.

September 26, 2021 21:21

Thank you all for your kind words. We keep moving towards the goal. At the end of this campaign we would of achieved a great deal of awareness and motivation to go on.

PENN NALIS

September 26, 2021 15:23

KUDOS to this mind-blowing venture my dear Doc. Choosing to create an indelible mark in the hearts of the malnourished in times like this is just AMAZING. More grease to your elbows as GOD keeps being the WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS.

Janice Ebai

September 26, 2021 12:15

This is an amazing app. It is now important more than ever because of the present political unrest and global sanitary crisis. I hope you win. More grease to your elbows Doc!

Lois Sanji

September 26, 2021 11:31

Great job Doc...... Malnutrition is really a call for concern in our society,..and this has been aggravated by the crisis in the NW , SW and the Northern part of our country...this app will surely help you attain your goal of helping these little souls found in these areas...great initiative.....God bless you...we are proud of you

Menkem Sother

September 26, 2021 08:12

This is a great initiative in solving malnutrition in our communities. It shall go a long way to sustain the food/health problems faced by most underprivileged.

MALEP MAYAMA BIKECK Barnabas

September 26, 2021 08:01

Depuis des dizaines d'années, plusieurs organisations luttent dans les pays africains contre la malnutrition. Malheureusement chaque année nous apprenons qu'il ya toujours des enfants qui meurent de suite de malnutrition. Nous avons déjà compris que le problème serait le dépistage en communauté. Je remercie Dieu pour cette idée qu'il t'a donné. Je prie que tu puisses avoir suffisamment de fonds pour développer cet interface afin de sauver nos petits frères et enfants sur le terrain. Dr NJEBA Bruna depuis la faculté de médecine, tu as toujours été très brillante. En tant que camarade de classe je t' encourage va de l'avant et ne baisse surtout pas les bras. Nous avons besoin de ton application ici dans l'adamaoua dans le septentrion du Cameroun

Rx

September 25, 2021 10:59

Innovative and practical concept. Initiative to be encouraged and supported. Practical applications in conflict prone and economically disavantaged settings. Keep up the good work Dr Njeba!

Nathan Achobang

September 25, 2021 10:51

God bless you my child. So proud of the efforts you putting in and I pray u never give up for any reason. So proud of my Doctor. God almighty smile upon u. Keep going higher.

Ngum Josephine

September 25, 2021 07:28

Wow, well done Doc. This is a great initiative and will definitely take you far due to your call to serve humanity. Children are the most important beings and should be well taken care of especially those in the crisis. This initiative will bring a solution to malnourished children not only in the zone of crisis but all over. Bravo Dr Bruna

Ngang Fru Delvis

September 25, 2021 06:11

Beri Nut is a much needed addition to the public health toolbox. Its potential for the collection and dissemination of quality data for informed programmatic intervention and policy-making for maternal and neonatal nutrition improvement in low and middle income country is huge.

September 25, 2021 02:41

It is very true that malnutrition awareness in our community has been on the low and for those who know a little about it, they tend to feel the community will judge them for neglecting their children and instead further hide such children leading to increased deaths. As we seek to curb this ill, we also seek to transform such practices, increasing parents basic understanding of malnutrition.

Chia Patience

September 25, 2021 02:22

Great initiative and one of its kind. The idea is a solution to the problems of malnutrition. Malnutrition is not something considered on our part of the world as important. This initiative will bring out its importance.

Belinda

September 24, 2021 10:10

Wow... this is great. Malnutrition is indeed a problem of interest which I believe has been worsened by the present crisis. Solutions like this need to be endorsed and pushed forward. Great initiative.

ACHU CLINTON

September 23, 2021 17:22

I am honestly blown away by this milestone.
Praying God empowers you to break more boundaries. Super proud of you.
Wishing you the very best.
Stay blessed

Jaila

September 23, 2021 09:56

Congratulations Beri on your great work. Your hard work paid off finally. I am so proud of you my dear. Wishing you more success for your future.keep believing in yourself and work hard;more achievements are yet to come!

Bruna Njeba

September 23, 2021 03:46

Thank you all for your unending support,
This goes a long way to encourage us to push our idea through and be more innovative as our minds and resources lead.

Jessie Nkeng

September 22, 2021 20:17

Great and very brilliant initiative Dr.

The availability of an application to ease identification and follow up of malnurished cases will be of immense benefit for the proper management of malnutrition, as most cases are found in inaccessible areas.

Great job Dr.

Indeed no child should die of malnutrition.

Carole Binui

September 22, 2021 17:02

It is a great initiative. Malnutrition is a real problem to tackle. Many groups of persons are faced with this problem such as refugees, poor families and others. Finding solutions to malnutrition is finding to many other problems plaguing Cameroonians and the world at large.
Courage Doctor Brains. I love your idea and wish I could work with you especially in your field work activities. God bless your work

Patience Y Njeba

September 22, 2021 10:25

Wirh the alarming rate of malnurished children in the Northwest and Southwest Regions caused by the crisis, this application will ease diagnosis and possible treatment. I encourage you to extend to other Regions so they too can benefit. Malnurished children are found all over the country

Germaine Mbange

September 22, 2021 10:11

I really do appreciate the idea because it tackles a problem (malnutrition) that looks like a mundane subject of interest but rather there is a pressing need for more research and more innovative ideas such as this to provide an improve health care in relation to this subject matter . As statistics show many children die from malnutrition

Great work Doctor Bruna. This I need instills hope for a better tomorrow

Forkum Blessing

September 22, 2021 10:01

Doctor Bruna, I pray the good Lord will replenish every resource IJN and I equally pray for greater initiatives. Thanks for the good work. It takes a heart full of love... God bless you and your team.

Lionel Tita

September 22, 2021 08:12

Doc Bruna,

I believe health is wealth, we can only reach our greatest potential being healthy, thank you for giving back to the community,

The health field needs more hearts like yours, in it for saving lives and promoting life style changes to reach better health outcomes.

Thank you Dr Bruna.

Vanessa Ayafor

September 22, 2021 07:07

Dearest Dr Bru, this idea should take first even without votes. But because of procedure lets do this. Such a wonderful idea. Our country needs minds like this. Indeed children are the future of our nation, taking care of them is directly catering for the future of our nation. Kudos again Dr, wonderful

Fosam Nadia

September 22, 2021 05:41

Beri-nut Nutrition Status Data Management Application.

Wonderful initiative. Thank you for the great Job you are doing reaching out to these children. More grace.

Gerald Nwana

September 21, 2021 15:33

Impressive Bruna. I salute you for your entrepreneurial skills and for taking care of the vulnerable. They are the future. Please let me know how to get more information about the prototype.

Linora Tih

September 21, 2021 13:24

Great initiative Dr Bruna. Thank you for taking a step to make a change in the society. All children have the right to right feeding and living. Thanks to the effort you are making.

Ruth Bate

September 21, 2021 06:19

This is hilarious Dr Bruna. Thank you for bringing this idea to reality . You saw the challenges and you're bringing a solution to curb the existing malnutrition which is on the rise as the crisis persist. You have all my support.i wish you all the best

Odette

September 21, 2021 05:00

No child should die without being given the opportunity to live
Great initiative, thanks for making it happen for these kids for they are the leaders of tomorrow.
Looking forward to all you guys have installed for us through this program

Delia

September 20, 2021 21:53

My fav Doc your initiative is very great and it will go a long way to shun Malnutrition for our children who are the future leaders of tomorrow. We got you and we are 100% behind you.

Randall Tanyi

September 20, 2021 19:46

Simply brilliant... It's amazing to see such an idea that really meets an actual need in the country being master-minded by one of our very own doctors. Those are two of the most important ingredients for success right there. Keep going Dr. Njeba Bruna !

NGWATANCHO ERICK

September 20, 2021 19:31

This is a great initiative Bruna. I am very proud of you. This will definitely help as we struggle to curb malnutrition for our children. This initiative will definitely take you far. We are strongly behind you

Buolikeze Geh

September 20, 2021 19:15

This is a great initiative and I love the fact that it's imbedded in some of the SDGs which we as a country need to aim for to attain universal health coverage and stop hunger.

Christian Ayafor

September 20, 2021 19:07

Great initiative and vision! Your project aims at providing a long and lasting solution to the cries of impovrished children. You are working tiredlessly to provide health and hope to this generation of innocent children. Kudos!!!

Larissa A. Nehnchang

September 20, 2021 17:13

Great initiative here on how to curb malnutrition in our community. Healthy diets are a human right and I\'m glad to see someone take the initiative to make this happen.

Lois Sanji

September 20, 2021 13:55

Great job Doc..... Malnutrition is really call for concern given the crisis in the NW and SW region...with the Northern part of the country is not left out though....May your main goal of helping these little souls be attained using this app

September 20, 2021 13:50

Thank you very much. The objective as you can see will only be achieved if we gain a good number of partners over time. As we evolve with different versions and updates, we trust more organizations will subscribe. Thanks again

Bianca

September 20, 2021 13:22

Great initiative Doc, in deed this can go a long way to facilitate the outreach especially to the war tones zones. Malnutrition is easily ignored because of our condition in the country. May this app go a long way to bridge the widening gap. Good job Bruna

Chia Patience

September 20, 2021 08:43

Beautiful idea with will a long way to reduce malnutrition rate given there is an increased rate of malnutrition in Africa and Cameroon in particular due the ongoing crisis plaguing the NW, SW and the Far North regions of the country. I think this app can reach the population in the suburbs which are the people mostly affected my malnutrition