Rahwa

PATIENT IDENTIFICATION CHALLENGE; ERITREA

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PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED

Rahwa link SMS service to identify patients.

Learn more about the Patient Identification Challenge and why identifying individuals in need of medical treatment and finding ways to make that treatment accessible reduces poverty.  

DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION

Rahwa is a community-based organization that strengthens maternal and child healthcare in rural Eritrea and, soon, the broader Horn of Africa region. Through Rahwa Link, we aim to identify and help thousands of women with obstetric fistula (OF) access corrective surgery. Using a basic SMS-based mobile tool that teaches women about reproductive health complications and allows them to report OF-related symptoms, Rahwa Link will not only lead a cascade of trainings around how to use the mHealth tool, but will also help women with OF symptoms access corrective surgery and continuous home-based care.

Rahwa Link’s three-month pilot intervention will take place in ten communities in the Debub, or southern, region of rural Eritrea in a catchment area of 20,000 people. After expansions throughout the Debub region during year one, we will pilot Rahwa Link in the Gash Barka and Anseba regions--where many ethnic minorities also live--with the support of a network of hospitals with which Rahwa has strong partnerships.

PILOT AND SCALING GOALS

  • Train 10 Obstetric Fistula Educators during the pilot phase

  • Train 20 Obstetric Fistula Educators by the end of year 1

  • Reach 1,500 SMS subscribers during the pilot phase

  • Reach 6,000 subscribers by the end of year 1

  • Reach 12,000 subscribers by the end of year 2

FOUNDING TEAM

Hanna Amanuel - Founder, Director

Kibrom Tseggai - Founder