List ten non-obvious assumptions about your target customers (or organizations) that you need to validate.
Community Health Workers who serve in a specific catchment area all report to the clinic in that catchment area
Community Health Workers all have some sort of disposable income or capital to afford a test strip bottle (100 strips vs 50 strips)
Community Health Workers will provide some sort of documentation to a pregnant mother if her pregnancy is high risk (preeclampsia)
Peripheral Health Units have the capabilities to treat/manage births that are high risk
Community Health Clinics with the 12 parameter strips will not purchase our test strips because they do not need them.
Community Health Workers listen to the radio.
Peripheral Health Units are willing to have partnerships with Ukweli Test Strips via World Hope International
Community Health Workers are willing to work with our employee.
Peripheral Health Units document cases of UTIs and Pre-eclampsia accurately.
Peer Supervisors are willing to pay for a test strip bottle
Community Health Workers document the health status of the community members they serve and follow up.
List ten hypotheses about your project that you need to test during fieldwork.
If Mother Support Groups are given sensitization protocols for UTIs and Preeclampsia they will generate demand for Ukweli
Given proper instructions and training, Community health workers will be able to pass the certification test to use our test strips
Given that we have 100 strips in the bottle instead of 50, CHWs will still purchase bottles.
If Ukweli becomes steady state, World Hope would adopt this venture.
Marketing protocol for our various stakeholders vary by season and time of day
If we introduce our bottles as is, CHWs will know how to properly maintain the quality of the test.
If strips are quickly submerged in a urine stream, they will still read an accurate result.
Test strips with both the UTI and Preeclampsia assays will deteriorate at similar rates under similar conditions.
Word of mouth advertising will be much more effective than any other form of advertising.
If all aspects of the operation are designed before we travel, once we leave Sierra Leone Ukweli will be able to operate on its own.
What do you think you bring to your team? How has your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses changed over the course of the class? Please be specific
Best Strength I bring to Ukweli: I have a background in Engineering and Arts and Sciences. I ride the line between technical interpretation and critical thinking. This allows me to be flexible and receptive to members, key players, and stakeholders in this venture. I use this strength to challenge and encourage my team to push themselves. This has changed throughout the semester because I have grown in confidence and have become more of an outspoken member of my team