The Tika Vaani collaboration brings together research, technology, and implementation partners united by a common vision: to create and evaluate impactful innovations to accelerate health equity and improve the lives of those at the bottom of the pyramid. “Tika Vaani” means “vaccine voice” in Hindi – our area of focus is social and technological innovations to strengthen child immunization outcomes through empowering communities and health workers.
Reaching underserved populations requires more effective immunization systems, and these in turn require improved immunization data. We have developed an application to help frontline workers equipped with a mobile smartphone in their tasks, which will ultimately help to strengthen immunization planning and other services for beneficiaries. The approach will change immunization data processes in three key ways. (1) The new, easy-to-use mobile phone application will enable health workers to collect immunization data in real time at point-of-service using optical character recognition (OCR) methods (“optical scanning”). (2) The system will also enable direct communication with beneficiaries, offering information about immunisation services and appointment reminders. (3) It will make immunization data available in high quality, at the right time, and in the right place to support system decision making. An early-stage evaluation is underway.
We believe that the Tika Vaani approach, which embeds appropriate technology into effective community processes, can contribute to better immunization coverage, equity, and timeliness, and healthier futures for children.
For more information on our work, please see: tikavaani.org