Fortune Mutiso Even though blockchain technology seems to be new, it is growing very fast. I have seen in Kenya even a village level people using their mobile to transfer the money; therefore why our health workers cannot use mobile to transfer the vaccine. The Blockchain mobile decentralised applications are even simple and secure than all the other applications as there is no single point of failure. In addition, having a dedicated ID was never been simple as with blockchain with any mobile-based application and this blockchain based ID is global; even if the child moves from Kenya to Tanzania or even Somalia still the vaccination status can be monitored using the same blockchain application.
Fortune Mutiso we are fortunate to have such technology which was developed by an unknown person. Even though it seems to be new it has proven its effectiveness over ten years now and all the supply chain institutes have started to work on it. Wallmart is monitoring even the origin of the vegetable and what a shame if we cannot monitor the origin of the vaccines. It is really a breakthrough for supply chain management and there are many open source applications are coming up. Many blockchains initiative will disappear as dot come bubble, but few will survive; therefore we need more ground level experience and testing to have a sustainable and scalable solution even after five years.
Hi Ashley Tillman Thanks for your interest knowing about this project. As we have already created vaccines as a token in the Etherium blockchain and having a compatible reliable mobile application both in iOS and Android operating system, there is no limitation in conducting pilot of rolling out to any countries at this stage. The tokenized vaccine can be managed and monitored at any levels starting from National up to an individual child, but we have limited this pilot now for monitoring the vaccine only up to facility level or district level from national levels to learn the challenges with this new technology. So far our experience is very positive. The first learning is the scalability of this tool to any country at any levels due to the decentralised nature of Blockchain. Even a part of the country (either a region, district or even a city wants to use the tool to monitor the vaccine movement from their level to the facility or child, it is still possible by creating the required wallet in Ethereum blockchain to transfer these vaccines. It can be expanded to other levels at a later stage with minimum efforts. Second, learning from this pilot is quick implementation. People need very minimum training in a short period of time for downloading the mobile application and exporting the paper wallet to mobile and start moving the vaccine from one level to another, and monitor the vaccine at any levels in real time. Some places we are training just using skype and people are ready to implement the tool. Another learning is able to monitor any number of sites in real time using a single mobile. This innovation needs very minimum resources. All the available centralised vaccine management tools need a huge investment such a trusted software, server, server maintenance, software maintenance, licence fee, service agreement, computers and training of people on instaling in servers, computers and mobile etc, but thanks for blockchain which has removed all these burdens. The only a mobile is required and all the other operations are the responsibility of the people running the nodes of the blockchain. We just need a mobile to connect with the blockchain and start using it the same as we use the cryptocurrencies. The current pilot is only to monitor the number of vaccine by names at different levels, but we are working on a second layer solution which will allow monitoring the batch numbers, manufactures, date of expiry and even the VVM status of the vaccine at different levels in real time. Hopefully, it will be available by the end of this year. The major advantage of this tool is cost-effectiveness for introducing or scaling to any levels. We don't need much funding for implementation as there is no cost for servers, computers and massive training. There is no training sessions or training manual available on how to install the whatsup or viber and it is the same. People install the application and start using. The whole scope of "SMART CHILD" initiative is huge as I explained in my whitepaper such as using IoT and machine learning to integrate with blockchain which will allow monitoring temperature of vaccine and all the other attributes in real time from manufacture to the child. This is just a beginning but the full scope of this project is huge and it will allow monitoring of vaccine from manufacture to child in real time with minimum efforts and resources. Thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto and Vitalik Buterin. Please feel free to ask if you need any further clarification.