Japan grants US$ 1 million to UNICEF to strengthen vaccine information systems in Malawi

15 September 2022
A COVID-19 vaccine in a coolbox at Lilongwe District Health Office
UNICEF Malawi/2022/HD Plus
A COVID-19 vaccine in a coolbox at Lilongwe District Health Office

LILONGWE, 15 September 2022 – UNICEF Malawi has received
US$ 1 million (more than MK1 billion) from the Government of Japan to support the response to COVID-19 by strengthening Malawi’s immunisation information systems. This includes real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccination coverage, routine immunisations and individuals receiving immunisation.

This support is expected to reach and benefit nearly 3.6 million people with COVID-19 vaccines, 650,000 under 1-year-old children, and more than 11,000 health workers across 865 health facilities in the country.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malawi has introduced and adapted some of the existing digital health systems to collect, analyse and report information about the spread and containment of the disease. Still, multiple challenges limit the functioning of the systems.

With this funding, UNICEF will work with the Ministry of Health to deploy innovative tools that capture, transmit and aggregate data in real-time, enabling authorities to make better and timely decisions in response to the pandemic and strengthen routine immunisation systems.

As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and build back better, UNICEF is committed to strengthening health systems by designing and deploying digitally-enabled solutions that are key to quality healthcare services. This valuable contribution from the people of Japan will go a long way in expanding Immunisations to reach all who need life-saving vaccines, including children.” — UNICEF Malawi Acting Representative Gerrit Maritz.

Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Satoshi Iwakiri, said “Japan recognises the importance of digitalising the health system for future epidemics to protect people. This grant from the people of Japan will help facilitate easy identification of unvaccinated people and enable health workers to devise solutions to increase vaccine coverage effectively and to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”

In the past years, UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of Health to improve its health information systems from paper-based to digital health platforms, including platforms for immunisation. Some of these systems include the District Health Information Systems (DHIS2), Electronic Health Intelligence Network (eHIN)  and Logistics Management Information System (OpenLMIS), which capture and provide information on the country’s vaccine stocks. Most recently, UNICEF has also helped the Ministry of Health to deploy RapidPro - an SMS-based mobile health monitoring tool that captures, transmits, and aggregates data in real-time – in the polio vaccination response.


Note to editors:

COVID-19 Vaccination Update As of 13 September 2022, more than 4.12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Malawi, with 2.05 million people fully vaccinated. This represents 10.7 per cent of the population Malawi Covid Vaccine Statistics

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