Digitised Community Registers for Urban Immunisation Services
Our solution is to engage & sustain community participation & responsiveness to immunisation, using technology & existing structures.
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)
Corona Management Systems aims to work to integrate & digitise Community based newborn registers and State birth registration to ease up documentation of newborns, referral for Immunisation & reconciliation of births and immunisation. This will ease up the process of identifying un-immunised or partially immunised newborns and tracking defaulters.
Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)
The big problem that we are trying to solve is that most newborns in our urban areas are not properly documented in ways that allow them enter the immunization program and stay tracked until they complete the immunization schedule. Current efforts at documentation are fragmented between birth registration and the immunization card, which do not speak to each other, and which do not facilitate easy tracking in rapidly evolving urban areas.
Our beneficiaries will cut across health workers and immunization service providers, and ultimately help strengthen defaulter tracker. Within our setting, Community volunteers within the course of their daily activities will identify newborn babies for referral to the Compound Chief or Chiefs or their appointees, for registration in a newborn line list/community-based management information (CBMIS) register. Additionally, birth registration is conducted at designated centers across districts in our country context.
Our innovation with look to bring all of this together and connect it to the Immunization program. We intend to digitize the newborn line list/community-based management information (CBMIS) register. The register would be redesigned to be completed on an interphase using a mobile phone, and integrated with birth registration, such that registered children can be forwarded to the district team for issuance of birth certificates, and to the health facility team to commence the immunization process.
When the Compound Chief or Chiefs register newborns on the Mobile Application, health workers in facilities responsible for the settlements from where these newborns are, receive an SMS alert or referral for immunization. On arrival at the health facility, the caregiver/baby is immunized and provided with a child health card containing the child’s updated immunization records. The health worker also inputs a notification unto the mobile App, to indicate which line listed children have been successfully immunized. The Compound Chief or Chiefs will use the alerts received, to mobilize for immunization outreaches and track defaulters working with the community volunteers, to resolve any discrepancy between those referred as against those that received their immunizations.
Connecting birth registration and the immunization process has already shown benefits in Nigeria, however leveraging digital technology will help facilitate an easy connection of the two services, and reconciliation on immunized children.
Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?
The Urban areas in the Niger-Delta communities of South-South Nigeria.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
State Emergency Routine Immunisation Coordination Centres in target States, Local Government Health Authorities, Local Government Population staff and Ward Development Committees in target localities, Traditional leaders and Health workers. They will be involved in the design, implementation & supervision of the strategy. This will ensure that the strategy is enshrined in current sub-national strategies to scale up Immunisation in those localities. Similar collaboration is ongoing on the current use of paper-based community registers for newborns.
How is your idea unique? (750 characters)
In immunization, community engagement will help to address both supply and demand-side factors that contribute to under-/non-immunization to increase immunization coverage and reach the hardest to reach. This includes communities taking a lead in identifying, owning and resolving issues that contribute to low or stagnating immunization rates. Improving this collaboration with communities requires a well-defined strategy that utilizes the traditional architecture of the community. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) utilizes community architectures in its polio eradication efforts with recorded success, and our idea will look to introduce technology whilst building on existing community architectures and documented success.
What is the name of your organization
Corona Management Systems
Explain your organization (250 characters)
We are a social enterprise that works to leverage Data and ICT in the provision of program management support for the strengthening of health systems, with special focus on high impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Type of Submitter
We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise
Gender and Diversity (500 characters)
Our organisation is an equal opportunity organisation, with women in 60% of the leadership positions. Our organisation also provides gender equality training for all our team members.
Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)
Size of organization (number of employees):
Scale of organizational work
National (expansive reach within one country)
Tell us more about you
Dr. Chijioke Kaduru is a Senior Technical Assistant and a Public Health Physician, providing Systems Strengthening technical assistance for the conceptualization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of State-led interventions in Routine Immunization. Mr. Chukwuanu Okoli works as the Program Officer (Demand Generation) for PAHSSON, tasked with driving the implementation of the Nigeria revised Community Engagement Strategy for Immunization. Mr. Koko Aadum, Innovation Specialist and currently provides leadership on technology-driven innovation in the improvement of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health outcomes. Dr. Dambo Numonyo is a Public Health Physician who focuses on strengthening the capacity of service providers.