Developing Mobile App for Birth Registration and Statutory Declaration of Age in Nigeria
Published on June 8, 2016 um 14:00
Explain your idea in details:
Live births data lacks desired vitality when sensitive information like a low birth weight less than 2500 grams is recorded with a pen and paper. In fact, is there a need to keep records of maternal age and home address inputs for newborn birth registration, if hospitals fail in her duties to track underweight child well-being? The good news is that mobile apps track user’s location and will enhance better collection of vital statistics, as I have knowledge of mobile land registration in Uganda. Mobile apps can as well fill communication gap between nursing mothers and health monitoring officials –one innovative approach not possible with surveys and sample size drawbacks. Hence, I have fivefold objective to: 1. Design, develop and implement a cloud based social infrastructure for birth registration in the age range of 0-4 years and reliably recognize mother & child fingerprints. 2. Provide reliable, timely and accurate data on newborn weight at birth in rural/urban communities; and facilitate communication through SMS to stakeholders before the first birthday of the child 3. Use algorithm to complement retrospective registration rates and updates manual birth certificates outside the domain of healthcare facility. 4. Determine optimal population metrics that will inform States government decisions to setup new schools inclusive of pre-primary education in strategic locations. 5. Facilitate equitable birth certificate issued at a fee in healthcare facility, local government centers. Re-engineer the statutory declaration of age in courts; and in turn verify and control falsification of age. Business activities: (a) Content management –including research, database maintenance, analytic services & publishing of intelligence reports on the value of information to support government policies and social programmes. (b) Web services –Verification of genuine e-Birth-certificates by Institutions & individual Nationals. Other innovative approaches are generation of Birth Reg. No. using barcodes & production of e-Birth-certificate.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Key metrics include neonatal birth weights, immunization/infant (0-4) ratio, fertility rate, birth rates/1000 and teen birth rates. Target 3.2: Birth-mobile app will TRACK low birth weights of neonatal infants. The Android SMS platform will prompt healthcare agents to mitigate consequences of neonatal mortality; especially in rural areas. The Gini coefficient of birth weight inequality will be a measure of progress. 4.a: Birth-mobile will collect data to feed geospatial-map on disaggregated gender population, age and regions. Through cluster analysis, we expect to promote intelligence on people centered development strategy to suggest an optimal selection of disadvantage communities in need of additional schools and more class room. 4.7 Global citizenship –at pilot-stage, media programme will be launched for awareness campaign and public education to encourage rural pregnant women to give birth to their baby using primary healthcare facility and associated birth registration benefits. 9.2 Inclusive employment –during pilot-stage, this business can generate full-time employment of 6 youth to manage business activities within the six geopolitical-zones in Nigeria. Temporary jobs will likely open for registration officers especial during immunization programmes. Since Birth-mobile complement manual procedures, hence existing jobs are secured except likely loss of certificate printout routine by printing press 9.1, I target a change in human behaviour –as adoption of Birth/Age mobile is likely to disrupt business as usual –common among applicants seeking statutory declaration of age. I also target outcome of equitable service fee per region. 10.2; Social inclusion Impact –the retrospective Birth-registration and e-Certificate will target orphans and internally displaced children (IDP) especially in households recovering from crisis due to boko haram insurgency in north east Nigeria. 10.2; Indirect Political Impact: Since age is not static, it is most likely that e-Certificate ID and web services will enhance the verification of youth eligibility to vote in elections.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Its ten years since 2006 Nigeria census conducted by the national population commission (NPC). Yet in 2016, most household survey’s estimates are framed from the last enumeration area map. According to one investigator, there is no database of birth certificates in Nigeria and no records to consult when issuing birth certificates (Nigeria 15 Oct. 2013 cited by Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa). These make a case for Public-Private-Partnership with NPC. Meaning that government’s implementation programmes like immunization is my key target audience.
According to UNICEF-Nigeria report in July 2007, the estimated number of children born in Nigeria annually is about 5 Million. However, I chose a cloud-based business concept to complement manual birth-registration outlets; hence Platform as a service (Paas) is my business model –pay-as-you-go user’s subscriptions in monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
Though, not every child is born in the hospital. Yet, daily use traffic of Birth-mobile in hospitals has recurring revenue potentials that cover overhead-cost of cloud usage $15-$35/month about N5250 - N12250 for activities of about 5,000 users (sufficient for a start), while long run cost is $50 - $200/month on usage of 30gb - 50gb activity data.
If birth-mobile earns N10 million (Take worst-case registration estimate of 2000000 * N5/usage) annual income; that we help offset fixed cost, taxes, overheads including salaries etc. So finding profit from user’s category, usage-rate deduction of 4-10% on subscription formula/user/location –rural, urban and internationals (Nigeria embassy affidavit/birth-registration) appears to be a sustainable business.
Additional income streams: From content management activities, where corporate institutions, NGO, researchers and government agencies are the target customers. The e-Certificate verification and web service delivery to individual nationals will be open source.
Collaborators: Hospital management board, states universal basic education board, Nigeria judiciary, UNICEF, WAEC & Nigerian identity management board.
My name is Dayo Olorunfemi, a youth of 31 years from Kogi State Nigeria. I am a self-employed IT business Analyst who was born into a family that believes in entrepreneurship. I graduated in February 2010 with a degree in business administration from University of Abuja, Nigeria. Before my graduation, in 400level, I was providing data-analysis services at-a-fee to my classmates who had challenges of understanding the data problems linked to their final year research-work. In 2012, after my youth service in Abia, eastern Nigeria, I went back to Abuja and I continued my earlier services using a different strategy. Then I do not have a clear mission. Early 2013, I discuss my unclear mission with my friend Kola who was then in his final year and following same path, but he had a skill in computer programming. Sharing similar dreams, we formed a new business with the name DWIPS. In mid-2013, DWIPS secured a contract to design and produce software to manage transactions of Uni-Abuja cooperative society owned by staff. Then we recruited one more programmer and two data-entry assistant. After three months, we produced Intelligent Accounting System (IAS1.0) for our client. Following the lessons from IAS activities the mission became clear, but the “the how to sustain DWIPS” was daunting. In 2014, I decided to open business office in Lokoja as DWIPS Technology –a Research & Training Unit to find customer for IAS product. I found customers, but the price they offer was too low to breakeven. In 2015, my work made me learn about myself, business systems & models, risk and sustainable development methods. Today, I am seeking to build a Social Infrastructure –a tool to ensure no one is left behind in our father land, Nigeria. And Kola says YES. Do you share this Dream?
Stage of Idea
conceptual stage, planning stage
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