Validation Process for a Social Entrepreneurial Venture in Tanzania: A Case Study

A Fleishman, J. Wittig, J. Milnes, J. Baxter, A. Moreau, and Khanjan Mehta

International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Fleishman, A., Wittig, J., Milnes, J., Baxter, A., Moreau, J., Mehta, K., International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, Vol 5, No 1, “Validation Process for a Social Entrepreneurial Venture in Tanzania: A Case Study”,  2010

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Abstract

Mashavu (“chubby-cheeked” in Swahili) is a telemedicine system under development
that connects medical professionals around the world with people in developing communities in East Africa. Mashavu kiosks are computer-based systems that collect medical information including weight, body temperature, lung capacity, pulse rate, blood pressure, stethoscope rhythms, photographs and basic hygiene and nutrition information. Mashavu kiosks transmit this information over a cell-phone link to a secure internet website. Medical professionals and public health officials can view the patient’s information and respond to the person/operator with recommendations. An imperative part of complex product design, especially when working in international contexts, is to gain validation. Validation ensures that the product being designed accurately fits the needs of the population for which it is being designed. The Mashavu team used methodologies from the world of engineering, business, and the social sciences to validate the concept, business plan, technology and usability of the system. This paper discusses the Mashavu venture and the methodologies employed for getting validation and uncovering the “sticky information” related to the East African context that is critical to the design and commercialization of the Mashavu telemedicine system.

Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285719459_Validation_process_for_a_social_entrepreneurial_venture_in_Tanzania_A_case_study

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