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Immumization Tracker App

This solution is going to accurately identify, track and monitor immunization service delivery activities in Ghana using GIS/RS technology

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

BigData Ghana limited aims to use GIS/RS and IVR technologies to identify and track infants, propose suitable immunization centers and monitor the immunization coverage in urban settlements in Ghana by deploying this Immunization Tracker App and jointly managing with our partners the Ministry of Health-Immunization Expansion Project of Ghana.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

The app will solve the challenge of appropriately defining, tracking and monitoring the scope (geographical and statistical-target infants to be immunized) of immunization coverage in urban settlements in Africa. Rate of urban sprawl in major cities in Africa makes it difficult to track and access new areas and slums where people live during immunization exercises. The main beneficiaries of the system are the health service delivery managers, who need such information to plan for effective immunization campaigns, field officers, to identify easily, potential infants who may have missed or are likely to be missed and identify slums and difficult places within the urban settlements and infants to be identified and immunized. The RS planning component, uses satellite image analysis and Telco coverage data to identify and map slums and new settlements. Using existing health facility data, the system also identifies health facilities close to these settlements who are likely to serve the identified population. The event day tracking component, helps field officers in these facilities to capture information during immunization campaigns using mobile app and submit unto a central server. The information includes the GPS location, age, contact info, stage of vaccination, trade or occupation of guardian, etc. The information is analyzed to respond to coverage issues. The reporting and feedback component IVR will automatically deploy messages to the field officers prompting them on areas missed for house-to-house visit and also allow field officers to feedback challenges they might have encountered in reaching these settlements. The IVR survey will be in various languages for greater access and participation. Major part of this solution has been tested in a district in Ghana. We worked with all the health officers at the assembly. Recordings and data collection routines were tested, as well as decision support information to improve reach and coverage. An initial funding support was provided by Vodafone Foundation Ghana and a final report was submitted. Monitoring and Evaluation experts were hired also by the Vodafone Foundation Ghana to assess the impact of the project. By deploying this solution, the invisible population in urban settlement were visible. We are enabling field officers to identify, access and immunize the slum and new settlement population thereby improving immunization coverage.

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

  • Western Africa

Geographic Focus

This idea is targeting urban centers in Ghana and most West African countries with similar setting like Sierra Leone and Nigeria

Stage of Innovation

  • Early Adaption

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

We are going to partner the Ministry of Health-Immunization Expansion Project and Vodafone Ghana. Since they are in charge of the delivery of health activities in Ghana, they are going to assist us deploy the solution in the health sector. Also Vodafone Foundation helped us with the pilot and they're going to provide us with the Telco data as well.

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

We have not seen this integrated solution deployed at the level we intend to. The use of remote sensing and Telco data for Big Data analyses in immunization hasn't been adopted yet in immunization solutions.

What is the name of your organization

BigData Ghana Limited

Explain your organization (250 characters)

We are a data science organization with a vision to provide credible data backbone for accelerated development in Africa. This innovation is well situated in our overall organizational vision. We have deployed data systems for other sectors.

Type of Submitter

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

Organizational Characteristics

  • Indigenous-led organization

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

BigData Ghana Limited is located at 16B Nime Street, Airport residential area Accra, Ghana.

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 6-20 people

Website URL

Scale of organizational work

  • National (expansive reach within one country)

Tell us more about you

BigData Ghana limited is made up of a team of competent Geographic Information System (GIS) Experts, Database experts, Data visualization and Design Experts and Statisticians with years of experience working with various types and scopes of data. We are the right people for this solution since we are the developers of the solution and also involved in piloting the solution in Ghana. We have an existing relationship with the Ministry of Health-Immunization Expansion Project since we partnered with them during the pilot of the solution. BigData Ghana limited is still going to play the role of lead IT expert in this idea.

Applying to Gavi INFUSE

  • Gavi Website
  • Referred by a friend / colleague
  • Programme Manager of the Immunization Expansion Programme in Ghana encouraged us to apply

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Hello team BigData Ghana Limited , great to have your submission for this Immunization Challenge. I like that your idea has already been piloted in some areas in Ghana, and the beneficiaries have shown immense interest in it, and now you are thinking of scaling it.

I was wondering if you could share more on:
1. How by using your solution, there will be a direct impact(accelerated immunization coverage in the urban areas in Ghana). How many people are you hoping to reach? Who are your intended beneficiaries?
2. How is your solution deployed? Are there key partners that you have brought on board or thinking of working with?
3. How does the solution cater for gender equity?

Do you have any other thoughts Manisha Laroia ?