THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

VaxTrac receives donation, continues work on mobile vaccine registry

VaxTrac said on Thursday that it will continue the development of new technology and expansion of mobile vaccine registry systems after receiving a $695,431 donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Vaxtrac said the investment would provide necessary training and resources for new health centers in Benin, West Africa. Centers will be able to integrate the VaxTrac system in order to improve record keeping, reducing vaccine waste and improving vaccine schedule compliance for children less than 5 years of age.

The VaxTrac system uses technology to maintain an immunization database and analysis tools in developing countries. Clinics use laptops, tablets and mobile phones to collect fingerprints and data to identify patients.

The additional technology in Benin will help re-evaluate the vaccine information management system, integrate segregated function of health records, provide statistics, manage stock and monitor performance.

The donation comes in response to VaxTrac's collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Since 2012, the group has worked to enable clinic-level data collection technology in Benin.

VaxTrac will provide the latest version of software to approximately 120 health facilities in the new phase of the project.

VaxTrac is a non-profit located in the United States that works to improve immunization through the use of technology in Benin, Indonesia and Nepal.