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A Pilot Study of a Novel, Incentivised mHealth Technology to Monitor the Vaccine Supply Chain in Rural Zambia

A Pilot Study of a Novel, Incentivised mHealth Technology to Monitor the Vaccine Supply Chain in Rural Zambia

Author: 
Camillo Lamanna
Lauren Byrne
Publication Date
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Affiliation: 

University of Cape Town (Lamanna); University of Sydney (Byrne)

"More research is needed to identify methods to encourage healthcare workers to engage in timely stock reporting practices."

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost half of all vaccines are wasted; improved logistics and stock management systems may generate improved efficiency of the vaccine supply chain. A group of researchers piloted an mHealth solution using short message service (SMS) technology that allowed workers in rural health centres (RHCs) in Kazungula District, Zambia to report vaccine stock levels directly to an online platform. In addition to evaluating the potential of the "Tessellate" technology, the study sought to establish if user engagement could be improved with increased airtime incentives or with increased frequency of SMS prompts.

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Pan African Medical Journal. 2019; 33: 50. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2019.33.50.16318

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