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Full Digitization Of The Yellow Fever Card

Setting up an online platform specifically for a fully digital yellow fever vaccination card, making it easier to track.

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Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)

Ask Dr Ayo aims to implement a fully digitized yellow fever card, to solve the issues of ubiquitous fraudulent cards in endemic regions (which affect data on coverage) as well as monitor and report adverse vaccination events in endemic areas such as Nigeria. To do this work, I will partner with a health technology company such as Helium Healthcare.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

1. There is currently a black market of yellow fever cards in endemic regions where people buy the cards without getting vaccinated. This means these people are at risk of being exposed to the virus without being protected from it. It also means that in these regions, there is lack of accurate data on yellow fever vaccinations and an inability to track the source of adverse reactions to the vaccine. 2. This idea will seek to benefit cross-border travelers by ensuring they are adequately vaccinated in time to prevent development of yellow fever when travelling into and out of endemic regions. This idea will also seek to assist governments in country programmes that seek to ensure that residents of urban poor and rural regions are vaccinated against the disease. Currently yellow fever vaccination is made compulsory only for travelers. This idea will ensure everyone, irrespective of their social class or transboundary movements is vaccinated against the disease. 3. My innovation is a digital yellow fever card that will a.) serve as concrete proof of vaccination and feed into a centralized database that will help provide on vaccination coverage; b.) help identify vaccination needs per country, hence aiding adequate supply of the vaccine; and c.) be easily accessible on digital devices such as cellphones. 4. The digitized yellow fever card will be based on a centralized database a medical service provider (MSP) can log into. The MSP will be able to enter patients' details in real time and will not have the option of back-dating the yellow fever vaccination - a common practice in sub-Saharan Africa. Complete entry of the patient's details will generate a unique QR code which can be read at various ports of entry for travelers, as well as help determine the vaccination status of local individuals. This QR code will be made available on the database as well as a patient's digital device to ensure access by all concerned parties. 5. There are currently systems such as digital boarding passes, doctor's appointments, databases for patients' information and even event invites which currently use a similar system. 6. By digitizing the yellow card, immunization can easily be tracked within populations, adverse reactions to vaccination can easily be monitored based on vaccine batch number and the black market for yellow cards can easily be eradicated. Please read here:

Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?

  • Eastern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • South America

Geographic Focus

Starting with Nigeria and other endemic areas in West Africa, East Africa and South America

Stage of Innovation

  • Blueprint

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

1. Ministries of Health in all countries. Endemic countries because of the prevalence of the problem, and non-endemic countries because of travelers visiting endemic countries. 2. Health Technology companies such as Helium Healthcare that already run electronic medical record systems. 3. Port Health Authorities and clinics where these vaccines are issued 4. General Practitioners authorized to issue these vaccines. 5. Immigration authorities for recognition and scanning of these cards on arrival 6. Flight entertainment and operational companies for spread of awareness

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

There is no such initiative in the world currently. So far we have partially digitized cards which are not centralized, and do not eliminate the yellow fever card black market that exists in various countries, and disrupt vaccination surveillance and coverage. Furthermore, these cards are not used to track vaccinations or monitor adverse events. Because they are not centralized, the barcodes on these cards are not scanned by immigration officials in other countries. We will leverage on existing platforms such as EMRs available in country and online application systems to create digital cards. These cards should also be available to each vaccinated person to carry in their mobile device (like an e-invite and a mobile boarding pass)

What is the name of your organization

Ask Dr Ayo

Explain your organization (250 characters)

Ask Dr Ayo is an online platform focused on improving public health outcomes through health education on common health related problems, as well as overlooked health related issues such as poor vaccination coverage.

Type of Submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organizational Characteristics

  • Female-led organization

Gender and Diversity (500 characters)

We focus on women's health through social media platforms and on my website as often as possible. Furthermore, we engage with young female researchers who are focused on addressing female reproductive health problems. In this regard, we advise these researchers on the exploration of indigenous tools and resources for the formulation of less harmful beauty products. We also engage with the public on questions they have relating to women's health.

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

Registered in Abuja, Nigeria. However, I am currently based in South Africa.

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • Less than 5 people

Website URL

Scale of organizational work

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

Tell us more about you

My name is Dr Ayobami Oduntan. I am a medical doctor that trained at University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to medicine, I did a bachelor of health sciences in biomedical sciences, and majored in Pharmacology at the same university. I am passionate about healthcare, systemic improvements in the sector and health education. I am also currently enrolled in the Silicon Valley social media marketing course. Ask Dr Ayo is a recently registered company that has run as a blog for over a year. Views range from 100 to 800 per post. Currently, I have two volunteers but I will be hiring for various services once my campaigns are approved and the need for scale exists.

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