To recap the problem, process and solution: How do we make it easier for young people to access and reach reproductive health information and services? This is a current project by the Centre for Study of Adolescence a local NGO in Kenya in 4 districts of western Kenya: Rarieda, Teso, Siaya and Busia to increase the uptake of contraceptive use.Initially the idea was to develop a phone application to communicate family planning and reproductive health messages to young people. But as this application would not work on all types of handsets that the end users have. Therefore, the idea of creating a web app that could be accessed from mobile phones with internet access was devised. The app would be used primarily by peer educators to access IEC material in a more instant and efficient manner. This was created using Django and featured an SMS list message service to send text messages to the young people that the peer educators interact with as well as host manuals and other information, education and communication materials. In addition, a referral service where users could access information about health clinics and support groups in their areas.
Why we are working on this problem:
There are a number of reproductive health issues among young people in western Kenya. These include HIV and AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and most importantly lack of access and knowledge to reproductive health and family planning services. Also, we thought it was an interesting problem which enabled us to use Django development to create the app.
What we accomplished during the event:
Created a web app, accesible through mobile phones that can be used to send messages to different group lists. This will be useful to the youth groups that serve as support networks to be able to communicate more effectively with their members. The app also serves as a repository of information education and communication materials (IEC) such as the manual for peer educators and a referral feature where contacts and locations of health centres can be accessed.
Developed CMS and messaging system
The web app is live, and the functionality can be used (tested the SMS messaging service effectively.) When it is fully up and running, it will be used in the first instance by 30 peer educators in western Kenya as well as staff at the Centre for the Study of Adolescence in Kenya who will be able to reach more than 4000 young people with family planning and reproductive health messages and services.
Mobile phone usage in Kenya is wide and the app will enable the Centre for Study of Adolescence to be able to scale up their programs quicker to other parts of the region and country
Small environmental impact. The web app will reduce the need for large printed educational materials for the peer educators thus reducing printing costs and the amount of paper used.
- Adding reply capability to the messaging service
- Content addition
- Field testing it to confirm functionalities in Kenya
Built for Heroku but anything that can support Django
What RHoK event this project is being submitted for: