Mobile Health SMS
Published on July 18, 2016 um 16:21
Explain your idea in details:
The World Health Organization has revealed that Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill 38 million people each year and almost three quarters of NCD deaths (28 million) occur in low and middle-income countries(1). The 4 main types of NCDs, are cardiovascular diseases (like hypertension, heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. They affect both children and adults. Many People are not aware that NCDs come as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. This unhealthy lifestyle includes unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the effects of the harmful use of alcohol. A positive change in diet, lifestyle and an increase in physical activity can reverse and prevent cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, heart attack and stroke(1). It has been predicted that by the year 2025, 1.56 billion people will have hypertension (2). There is also a great need for sexual and reproductive health education in our country. Young girls and women are not aware of essential reproductive and sexual health messages because many people including parents are ashamed to talk about it with their children. Most women and girls will get the wrong information from their peers. Diseases of the reproductive system, school dropout in females due to unwanted pregnancies and abortions can be prevented if women have access to sexual and reproductive health messages which will help in reducing morbidity and mortality rates. I am out to use mobile SMS in health education aimed at giving subscribers the best health knowledge and tips to help fight NCDs and to improve on the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. Resources: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/ (1) Kearney P.M. et al. Global burden of hypertension: Analysis of worldwide data. Lancet. 2005;365:21723.[PubMed] (2)
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The Impact of this idea is endless because good health and wellbeing is linked to so many sectors of life. If you are not healthy, you will not be able to work, provide for your family. The amount of money spent on health care has driven some people into poverty. Furthermore, Not only will it improve on the health of our country but it could also serve as a source of employment for any youth who is passionate about improving the health of their community. Take for instance a parent who is suffering from hypertension and is not aware of the lifestyle factors he has to adopt to bring down his blood pressure. This parent later on develops a stroke, dies and the children drop out of school ending up as pick pockets and street children. All of this could have been prevented if the parent had access to preventive services. The rate of poverty to will also decrease. The amount of money people spend on curative services is ten times more than what they would have spent on preventive services. This money spent on curative services will therefore be used to improve on the standard of living. The most important impact of this idea will be to decrease the mortality and morbidity rates. All those who have spent in the hospital on preventable diseases and conditions would have wished that someone had informed them on how to prevent it in the first place. This ideas can be introduced to all hospitals and health centers so that during consultations, clients will be informed services that provide them health updates and health tips.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
1)Health education is very neccesary. However, It is not easy to gather people together in a group to give out scheduled health education talks. This is because people are very busy with their activities of daily living and so there is the need for another strategy to pass across health messages without disrupting the activities of daily living of individuals. Furthermore, urban dwellers can use the Internet to have access to health education messages while those in rural communities have very limited sources of information, but they do have mobile phones to receive messages.
Those who will benefit from our M-health updates are endless. As long as someone is able to read messages and has a mobile phone, he will have a category to subscribe from. Even if someone is not able to read and write, there must be someone around who can read and translate. It doesn't require the use of Internet, no downloading of Apps. All it needs is a mobile phone.
2) The use of short codes to facilitate subscription. As of now, it cost 100Francs (0.2 dollars)/month to recieve 3 messages per week (example of a short code is Text MHealth SMS to 9091 to start receiving health tips and updates for just 100Francs per month).
3) Partnering with hospitals and health NGOs so that during consultations and sensitizations, they can introduce our service to those in need.
4) Potential Partners like Mobile Telecommunication companies will help in getting many subscribers by informing them of this service.
I am a 23 year old nurse. I have been inspired by patients in the hospital who couldn't afford for medical care or who were handicapped because of the huge amount of money they spent on medical bills. Some ended up dying. They all had one thing in common. They wished someone had told them how to prevent their various conditions.
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