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Wristband for Immunization Alert (WIA)

Sidney Sampson of Sydsam Integrated Services Limited in Nigeria will produce a low-cost wristband that can be worn by infants from birth until nine months that uses a flashing light to remind mothers when one of the five standard childhood vaccinations is due. Timely childhood vaccinations are critical for preventing deadly diseases, but many low-resource settings such as northwestern Nigeria have low immunization coverage rates and high dropout rates. They will design a waterproof silicon wristband in different colors and test it for user friendliness and safety. The prototype will then be pilot tested over 10 months in 132 urban and rural health facilities across Nigeria for improving timely immunization coverage.

More information about New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings (Round 19)

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