Crowd-Sourcing Vital Records to Improve Subnational Data
Chinedu Chugbo of Avigo Health L.L.C. in the U.S. will develop an approach to crowdsource reports of infant births and deaths from community members by health workers to better monitor vaccine coverage in low- to middle-income countries. In Nigeria, only 30% of births are registered, making it difficult to estimate numbers of vaccine-eligible children and ensure every child is properly vaccinated. Current methods for estimating population sizes include household surveys, which are costly, or records from health clinics, which suffer from limited coverage. Crowdsourcing is a proven method for efficient data collection, although data quality may be variable. They will develop electronic data-collection and storage tools and pilot test their crowdsourcing approach in a selected region in Nigeria. Health workers will be trained to administer brief interviews to community members visiting clinics and during outreach programs to document local births and deaths. They will evaluate the performance of their approach and particularly data accuracy by comparing it with data collected by household surveys in the same region.