Emmanuel Ihedioha of Lifespan Healthcare Resource Ltd in Nigeria will develop a web-based platform that acts as a lifetime register to track the immunizations of all Nigerian children from birth, issues timely reminders to parents and community members via SMS, and informs medical facilities which vaccines are needed. Currently, immunization cards issued to mothers are used to record and plan immunizations, but they can be lost or contain errors. An added problem is that the required vaccine is not always available at every clinic because it is difficult to know how much will be needed and where. The platform will be functional offline and can be periodically synchronized with the web-hosted platform when internet connection is available to keep the register up to date. They will pilot test their platform through Nigeria's national program on immunization in six states to evaluate its effect on timely vaccine uptake, and get feedback from users.
More information about New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings (Round 19)