100&Change: 2021

Johns Hopkins University

Innovative Solutions for Universal Childhood Immunization in India

Protect 10 million children in India against the leading preventable causes of death by implementing an innovative software platform for increasing immunization coverage.

Submitted: August 2019
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Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Current Work Location(s):
  • State of Haryāna, India
  • State of Uttarakhand, India
  • State of Bihār, India
  • State of Rājasthān, India
  • State of Uttar Pradesh, India
  • State of Haryāna, India
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • People of South Asian descent
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

An estimated 1.5 million children die each year due to a lack of primary immunizations, largely attributable to poor compliance and vaccine hesitancy. These preventable deaths are concentrated in low-resource regions, despite widespread vaccine availability. Globally, 13.5 million young children do not receive any vaccines, with nearly a third of these unimmunized children living in India. We have developed and validated an innovative, GPS and biometrically-linked record, reminder and monitoring software platform which can dramatically improve immunization rates by leveraging existing community resources. We will apply this technology in India to: a) achieve universal immunizations for 10 million young children in low-resource regions; b) monitor communities at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases using geospatial mapping and artificial intelligence and; c) provide an adaptable, culturally appropriate electronic immunization platform for all children. This will ensure that children in low-resource regions will no longer bear a disproportionate burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Johns Hopkins University

website: https://www.jhu.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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