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Emergency Location Based Contact Service for Girls and Women in Need in Kenya trending idea

This idea came up as the live healthy Foundation (a Kenya based NGO) asked me to device a plan how the girls and women they help can contact the nearest NGO worker.

 

These workers distribute sanitary products, hold hygiene and health lessons, help with getting doctors appointments or rescuing girls and women kidnapped or forced into marriage.

 

The main challenge is that their clients reside in rural areas, refugee... more »

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Flu Tracker Tool

Influence (flu) is a constant threat. Between 2006 and 2007, up to 49,000 people were reported to have died from influenza-related complications.

My idea is similar to Mayo Clinic's Flu Tracker (http://www.mayoclinic.org/flu-tracker/itt-20113960) except it would be integrated with a mobile app for non-profit volunteers to know where their help is needed most.

Volunteers would check-in on the app to receive detailed... more »

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Health Hotline

Set up an informational hotline where people could get answers for basic medical questions (such as how to deal with burns, cuts, etc). The hotline would also inform people about neighborhood resources available to them that they otherwise would not find, such as clinics, health-related NGOs, and community centers. Before giving suggestions for care, the telephone operator would ask where the caller resided and add that... more »

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Healthy Communities Competition

Create a contest for children to submit proposals to promote health for their community. The children would have to identify the health need of their community, the extent of the lack of resources, and how their project would help ameliorate that need. This community based approach would directly identify the health issues facing communities as well as highlight the communities that are most in need for future assistance.... more »

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Community Health Fairs

A NGO could host a community health fair to highlight best practices for health, including diet, exercise, basic first aid, and more, through games, giveaways and group activities. This would enable less-educated people to learn how to stay healthy while also connecting them with local health clinics and doctors in their community in a social setting. The fair would promote a mailing list to stay in touch with the community,... more »

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Incorporate Health Supply Kits in Consumer Packaged Goods

The biggest challenge for providing healthcare to remote and inaccessible communities is creating an infrastructure for regularly communicating with those remote communities, and establishing the infrastructure to reach those communities. But the consumer packaged goods industry already has these supply chains established... Even remote villages that do not have easy access to doctors, will often have means for obtaining... more »

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Inferring The Need For Medical Attention From a Lack of Data.

There is a very clear correlation & causal relationship between low-income neighborhoods and communities and their aversion to seeking medical assistance, except in the most dire cases. People from low income communities, especially in the USA, avoid the hospital and other healthcare facilities because they are afraid of the cost associated with it and also because many of them do not have/cannot afford medical insurance.... more »

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Anonymized data sharing to triangulate need

Using multiple data points such as health records; population; income/poverty levels; # of people in a household, etc., and in the absence of data, referencing other areas where more data is available, a profile can be created to identify high-risk areas. This will allow for more specific research to be completed in identified areas to determine need.

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U.S. Census - statistical research and info gathering

Use the U.S. Census to identify low income, uninsured, and/or high mortality rate communities. Use statistical analysis to identify trends over time and geographically. Also look for other signifiers of communities needing medical help, such as elderly populations, single mothers, or whatever variable desired. Focus efforts on these communities.

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Partner with other nonprofits in rural communities

Even remote communities likely have some presence of nonprofit organizations attempting to serve the community. Example: Takaungu, Kenya, a very small village, has a very involved nonprofit called The East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (http://eastafricancenter.org/). Partnering with this organization to provide general health-related information (whatever would be allowable) or asking them... more »

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Follow the $$$

Corruption is a big problem in developing countries' hospitals. We can employ technology to keep tabs on who’s getting paid. Specifically, we should pay to implement advanced accounting technologies in hospitals to keep track of exactly how hospital funds are being spent; this information should be transparent and be made publicly available in the case of, for example, government funds, donations or humanitarian aid.... more »

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