UNICEF Malawi provides gadgets for Polio vaccination

The donation

UNICEF Malawi has addressed the issue of tracking the reach of the Polio vaccination campaign by providing 11,000 mobile phones to the government of Malawi.

The phones were presented during the launch of the 3rd round of the Polio vaccine campaign, UNICEF Malawi.

Apart from the phone, UNICEF Malawi also donated 1, 000 internet connectivity gadgets that will strengthen data collection and reporting essential for decision making.

The phones have been distributed across all health facilities for health workers during the polio vaccination campaign.

Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the quality of the vaccination campaign has to be supported by Lot Quality Assessment (LQA) results which many districts did not do well in in the two rounds.

Kandodo Chiponda: We will start a new system

"The ministry through the Digital Health section and the EPI Programme including the Community Health Services Section will start a new system of sending data and information from the communities called“Rapidpro”.

"This system uses cellphones to send data from the communities to the district and national levels."

Maritz during the launch of Polio vaccination phase three 

UNICEF Malawi Deputy Country Representative, Gerrit Maritz said it is important to know how many have been reached with the vaccinated.

"We need to make sure that no child has been left behind. Even those that are in the remotest areas."

Maritz explained the devices will help in tracking and monitoring the vaccination campaign.

Three million children have been vaccinated in the first two phases of the campaign.

Parents and guardians are being urged to have their children vaccination to be fully protected.