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A community follow up system for young pregnant girls in Rural areas in Uganda

The GetIN App is an idea developed during the UNFPA Hack for Youth Global challenge that took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Kampala in July 2015.

A total of 17 countries participated in the UNFPA Hackathon 2015. It's aim was to have participants develop mobile app solutions that promote young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Sponsored by UNFPA’s Innovation Fund, the hackathon responds to a growing commitment to leverage information and communication technologies to empower young people, complimenting UNFPA’s ongoing work in the area of reproductive health.

Three teams were then chosen for the prototype phase which required the teams to clearly demonstrate an adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health problem and then develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a Technical solution to the problem.

The GetIN Team members were;

Penninah Tomusange - Programme Analyst UNFPA
Gift Mbabazi - BA Industrial Phycology Yr 2
Kirabo Hope - BA industrial Phycology Yr 2
Businge Joshua - BCSC Graduate 2016
Abdu Sekalala - Technical Developer, (Graduate of BCSC , MUK 2013)
Donald Rukanga Waruhanga - BCSC Yr 3

With mentors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other UNFPA staff from the HQ available for each team, they commenced work in November 2015. They visited Kanungu to carry out a pretest of the prototype they had developed and also get feedback from the intended users (i.e. midwives and Village Health worker's).

With a well defined System workflow, Application workflow and clearly defined use case scenarios, they began the development of the Android based mobile application and database. Other components included, a closed user group to enhance communication between the midwife and pregnant girl. The system triggers appointment reminders to both the pregnant girl and the midwife.

Presentations to the judges was done on the 9th March at the UNFPA Country offices via Skype and the winning team announced on the 10th March in a live streaming event.

The students wish to express their many thanks and gratitude to Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha, HoD Computer Science for his mentorship, research, and understanding of the problem scope.

Please refer to the following link for additional information on the above.

http://www.unfpa.org/news/new-mobile-app-brings-digital-revolution-adolescent-maternal-care-uganda

BIO OF GETIN TEAM MEMBERS

JOSHUA MULESI BUSINGE- Joshua Businge Muleesi is an Under Graduate student at Makerere University with Bachelors in Computer Science. He has worked on a number of award winning innovations and projects like Matibabu “A non-invasive malaria diagnosis kit. He has won awards like the Young Achievers Award under the innovators category in Uganda in 2013. He works as a Technical Developer on the GetIN Team.

DONALD RUKANGA – Donald Waruhanga Rukanga is an Under Graduate student at Makerere University with Bachelors in Computer Science. He has worked on a number of award winning innovations and projects like MamaBaby APP “A computerized decision support mobile App for diagnosing obstructed labor” and GetIN APP . He has been shortlisted among the 20 best innovators under the International Telecom Union(ITU) single board challenge.He works as a Technical Developer on the Team.

HOPE KIRABO- Hope Kirabo is an Under Graduate student at Makerere University with Bachelors in Community Pyschology. She currently works as a peer Educator with Reach A hand Uganda, an Organisation that promotes Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Young people.Works as a context contributor on the Team.

GIFT MBABAZI- Gift Mbabazi is an Under Graduate student at Makerere University with Bachelors in Community Pyschology. She currently works as a peer Educator with Reach A hand Uganda, an Organisation that promotes Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Young people.Works as a young person on the Team and social media marketing personnel.

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