autism spectrum & developmental disorders

Using technology to identify the pathways to treatment in Africa.

Although autism spectrum is 37% more prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa as compared to the United States and Europe. Our work is to help parents identify the signs of autism spectrum early, get matched with clinical experts and referred to therapy service providers in Africa.

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum in Sub-Saharan Africa

It is common knowledge that early identification of autism spectrum disorder is critical in ensuring that children access the right therapy services but this is not the case in Africa.

It is estimated that about 10 million children lying with the autism spectrum in Sub-Saharan Africa. Due to the difficulty in identifying children within the spectrum, inadequate clinical specialists and the lack of information about therapy providers, parents are unable to access quality and affordable healthcare and support services their children need to have a happy and independent life.

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Identifying the signs of autism spectrum using messaging technology

Craft Education has spent the last year developing Hunu Behavior Therapy to help parents, educators and eventually clinical experts use any mobile device to identify the signs of autism spectrum disorder, match impacted individuals with the clinical specialists and refer them to the right therapy services based on cost and distance metrics.

For Parents: Our Hunu allows parents identify the signs of autism spectrum, match them with clinical experts and refer them to service providers based on cost and distance metrics over any mobile device.

For Therapy Providers: We help service providers automatically track and analyze the data of children on therapy programs and help them make data-informed decisions within minutes. They also get access to on-demand training and clinical expert consultation

For Educators: We support schools and educators design and implement an inclusive education plan within their school as well as provide teachers with capacity development to help them support children better.

How Hunu works to identify the pathways to treatment in Africa

Hunu uses simple messaging technology to collect information that is used to determine if children have either a high, medium or low risk of autism

Based on the screening results, parents can discuss these results with clinical experts who have the experience in providing consultations.
Parents are referred to our network of therapy providers based on the outcome of conversations with our clinical experts, the budget of parents and the distance of therapy services from them.
Hunu provides parents with training material to help them support their children in the home as well as join support groups for counseling sessions remotes via any mobile device.

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