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Tupaia is an open-source data aggregation, analysis and visualisation platform that pulls data from multiple sources.

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

Tupaia is a multi-country project that works to map health systems in the region, strengthen services and help governments fairly distribute resources. Tupaia has developed a free, easy to use, interactive online map that gives a bird’s eye view to decision makers, health workers, donors and members of the public on their health facilities.

Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)

Expand the functionality of Tupaia to show real-time immunization coverage and to identify areas to improve vaccine program effectiveness. This platform has already been deployed successfully across six countries in the Pacific region but has not been optimized for the specific needs of vaccine delivery programs. It is built on open-source architecture, and already aggregates and analyses live data from multiple sources on supply chain of vaccines and other medicines, health infrastructure including cold-chain, critical medical equipment, staff, and service provision. The platform displays data in real-time with operationally-relevant graphical outputs on a web-based dashboard. This project will tailor the functionality of this platform to provide real-time vaccination monitoring and support effective data management that is customised to the specific needs of local vaccine-program stakeholders. Tupaia already maps health supplies and services data from multiple sources on a powerful, innovative GIS-led tool in nearly 1000 health facilities across Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tokelau. This project seeks to map actual vaccine administration in two of these test areas. It will link relevant immunization management and use information with data on population, vaccine stocks, vaccine product procurement, cold chain functionality, and staff capacity so that the entire service and supply chain pipeline can be precisely mapped and efficiently tracked. Working with local partners, a series of key performance characteristics and milestones will be defined for each element of vaccine supply and administration, and a series of automatic alerts will be built into the platform that can provide an early warning of underperformance. Working with the Ministries of Health in at least two provinces in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, we will pilot the rollout of the new functionality of the platform in collaboration with local EPI teams, pharmacy divisions and national cold chain coordinators. This will involve building out the new functionality in our existing data collection apps, conducting in-country training with EPI teams with follow-up promotion activities with health care workers in primary healthcare facilities and building out the customized reporting dashboards on our existing regional data platform.

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

  • Oceania

Geographic Focus

Tupaia is currently implemented in Solomon Islands, Tonga, Kiribati, Tokelau, Vanuatu and Cook Islands. We are now in the process of utilizing Tupaia in different countries, from Venezuela to Cote'd Ivoire, and have received funding to expand the functionality of Tupaia.

Stage of Innovation

  • Scale

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

Tupaia is funded by the Australian Government’s innovationXchange program. The innovationXchange portfolio of investments fall broadly under inclusive economic growth, health, water and humanitarian assistance. Sustainable Solutions is a New Zealand based company with offices in Auckland and in Kathmandu, Nepal. First developed nearly 20 years ago, their mSupply software is used in over 30 countries worldwide.

How is your idea unique? (750 characters)

Countries – and donors – around the world find it very difficult to track medicines and supplies after they have left the warehouse on their way to clinics and health centers. This makes it hard to know where to direct support to improve services and help patients. In addition to this, lots of people want to know all sorts of other things about those clinics: does the fridge work? How many staff are attending work each day? The traditional solution for this has been to do one-off surveys, where we collect data from as many facilities as possible and then extrapolate those results to all the other sites we can’t reach.

What is the name of your organization

Beyond Essential Systems

Explain your organization (250 characters)

We design and implement solutions for health system strengthening in low-resource settings. Using innovative, collaborative solutions and working closely with local partners, we strengthen medical supply chains.

Type of Submitter

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

Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)

We are based in Melbourne, Australia. However, we have a strong field presence; with staff in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Cote'd Ivoire and Solomon Islands.

Size of organization (number of employees):

  • 6-20 people

Website URL

Scale of organizational work

  • Global (within 2 or more global regions)

Tell us more about you

Dr Michael Nunan - Director, Dr Gerard Kelly - Field Operations Lead, Erin Nunan - Program Manager, Regional Health Security, Sera Ngeh - Project Manager, Vanuatu, Nancy Tupou - Training Team Lead, Siosaia Palavi - Training Team Lead, Alex Bongers - International Programs Manager (Africa), Kahlinda Mahoney - International Programs Manager (Asia/Pacific), Edwin Monk-Fromont - Lead Software Developer, Agusto Dos Santos - Training Team Lead, Dr Louise Vella - Mapping Team Lead, Susanna Lake - Mapping Team Lead, Jo Cooney - Media and Communications, Andrew Van Beek - Software Tester, Bastien Goepfert - Software Developer

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Hi Alexander Bongers can you share a bit about your work in urban settings and what key differences you feel you'd need to address to translate some of the work you are already doing in Oceania?