SDG 3 startup of the week: discovering hands
The discovering hands' mission is to fight breast cancer and provide employment to blind women with a self-sustaining business approach
The problems discovering hands addresses
Breast cancer is the most common malign disease for women worldwide. However, an early diagnosis of breast cancer increases the chance for survival and reduces the costs for treatment. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of visually impaired women are unemployed and often struggle with extreme poverty.
discovering hands makes a disability a talent and thereby promotes women`s health
To tackle those two severe social challenges German gynecologist Dr. Frank Hoffmann has developed an additional, low-threshold method for early breast cancer detection: discovering hands uses the optimal sense of touch of visually impaired women for the early detection of breast tumors. Within a one-year discovering hands-training they become medical tactile examiners (MTEs).
The discovering hands mission – a win-win-win-win-situation
The discovering hands' mission is to fight breast cancer and provide employment to blind women with a self-sustaining business approach, thus, creating a “win-win-win-win” situation from a health and economic perspective.
+ discovering hands creates a societal change of perspective: A disability changes to a capability and pity changes to respect.
+ discovering hands help public purses save money: Through improved breast cancer early detection and the inclusion of visually impaired women the costs for pension funds and breast cancer treatment decrease.
+ discovering hands creates better chances to survive breast cancer: Improved breast cancer early detection gives patients‘ better chances for healing.
+ discovering hands change patients’ mindset: Through the direct, very personal contact with the trained MTEs women start acting proactively and using prevention offers on a regular basis.
discovering hands work towards multiple SDGs
“Our MTEs create a better chance to survive breast cancer by improving breast cancer early detection. This clearly supports SDG 3 “Good Health and well-bing”. But discovering hands is a very special initiative because we support three more SDGs: We train women with visual disabilities to use their talent and earn money on their own, which reduces poverty (SDG1) and promotes quality education for all (SDG4). And, in doing so we promote inclusion and reduce (gender-)inequalities by completely including people with visual impairments into everyday work (SDG 10).” – Frank Hoffmann, Founder of discovering hands
What’s going on right now? - discovering hands is scaling up worldwide
Germany with Dr. Frank Hoffmann is the originating country. In Germany 47 MTEs are already working in about 90 medical practices, clinics, and discovering hands centers. Austria is the first licensed country office with 4 MTEs and they are at the moment proceeding the recognition of the profession of MTE with the ministry of health. And there are already trained MTEs in India Columbia and Mexico – but these countries are still in a pilot project status, And Switzerland will start the pilot project and training of MTEs soon. Additionally, prospective project partners from Israel, Spain, and the Netherlands expressed serious interest.
The discovering hands model makes sense worldwide and is one of the first social franchise systems in the international healthcare market!
discovering hands Austria is looking for new investors with a crowdinvesting campaign
COVID-19 hits discovering hands Austria [https://www.discovering-hands.at] twice! All trainings for self-examination and tactile examinations were canceled abruptly and the necessary legal recognition of the job description of the Austrian MTEs is currently on hold. In order to get through this difficult period, discovering hands Austria started a crowd investing campaign and is looking for investors now. All details can be found here [https://www.conda-hilft.at/campaign/discovering-hands/]
“With your investments, you can help us to further promote the idea of discovering hands in Austria. Become a part of the discovering hands family now and interest in the form of vouchers and other goodies is waiting for you”, Stefanie Bramboeck, CEO discovering hands Austria
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