mHealth could help in rapid and efficient vaccine delivery in underdeveloped countries

 

mHealth

One of the most cost effective medicines in the world is “Vaccines”. This is effective medicine in improving childhood survival.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), if the vaccine coverage level will be increased to 90% more than 2 million additional lives would be saved annually. In 2009, vaccine coverage was 82%.

However, many under developed countries are unable to establish vaccination programs effectively and often delays in vaccination are of no help to people.

GAVI Alliance, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and UNICEF are all working in co-ordination to increase vaccine supply and reduce their prices along with improvement of cold-chain capacity. In the new form of interventions, researchers are working on demand-side deficiencies such as vaccine fears, travel cost, perception and thinking that vaccine is beneficial, so that more people will get vaccinations with ease.

According to experts, despite of increase in vaccine coverage in the past ten years, immunization gap is still present.

All this vaccination programs can be enhanced by mHealth services. SMS reminders can improve anti-retroviral therapy (ART) adherence for HIV/AIDS, HIV testing uptake, and treatment of pediatric malaria cases by community health workers as studies have shown in many of the African countries, most notably Kenya.

Via: iMedicalApps

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