The first multilingual Europe-based platform, iValueHealth.NET reveals a new application targeting NGOs and Foundations having ongoing health programmes in developing countries. The service “Vaccination programme” comes to support health campaigns initiated by NGOs and Foundations directly or on behalf of governments or pharmaceutical companies in developing countries, through simple communication channels, such as text messaging (SMS), USSD, IVR etc. The service was conceived to work both ways: while NGOs are enabled to send alerts to target groups and inform them about ongoing delivery of vaccines, beneficiaries can send feedback via any of the available channels. NGOs can therefore use feedback data to evaluate their immunization efforts and initiate better planned and focused campaigns. In addition to one particular vaccination programme, target populations can stay up-to-date with all future alerts and have a proactive approach towards their health.
WHO estimates that 2.5 million lives are saved each year in developing countries thanks to immunization vaccines. More than 100 million children are immunized each year against polio, tuberculosis, diphtheria, measles, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B etc. through vaccination campaigns undertaken by different health actors. iValueHealth.NET brings its contribution to achieving better global public health by improving the effectiveness of immunizations campaigns throughout mHealth support.
Cristina Pruna, Partnership & Alliance Manager at iValueHealth.NET spoke about the needs and problems that healthcare is confronted with in developing countries “In rural areas of some African countries the distances between patients and medical professionals aggravate an already precarious situation caused by the lack of medical personnel and health facilities. In some parts, the doctor/patient ratio can go up to 1 in 10 to 20,000.” Innovative solutions, such as mHealth services, already exist and can be easily implemented in these areas “Approximately 80% of people in developing countries have access to a cell phone that they use to communicate on a daily basis. These same devices can have a revolutionary role in getting healthcare in the pocket of those in need, if government & donor’s efforts to direct funds towards these programmes become greater.”