A prototype of a novel cell phone application for tracking the vaccination coverage of children in rural communities.

Author: Katib, Anas Rao, Deepthi Rao, Praveen Williams, Karen Grant, Jim

Abstract

Immunization saves millions of lives against vaccine-preventable diseases. Yet, 24 million children born every year do not receive proper immunization during their first year. UNICEF and WHO have emphasized the need to strengthen the immunization surveillance and monitoring in developing countries to reduce childhood deaths. In this regard, we present a software application called Jeev to track the vaccination coverage of children in rural communities. Jeev synergistically combines the power of smartphones and the ubiquity of cellular infrastructure, QR codes, and national identification cards. We present the design of Jeev and highlight its unique features along with a detailed evaluation of its performance and power consumption using the National Immunization Survey datasets. We are in discussion with a non-profit organization in Haiti to pilot test Jeev in order to study its effectiveness and identify socio-cultural issues that may arise in a large-scale deployment.

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Type Journal article
Language English
Country Haiti
Link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169260715002187
PubMed URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26363678
Journal Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Year 2015
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