Providing life saving vaccine to children using mobile phones

How Côte d’Ivoire used mobile money to provide life saving vaccines to 13 million children.

Sophie Chavanel and Norman Muhwezi, UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire
Child being vaccinated against measles in a health center in Gonzagueville, in the South of Côte d'Ivoire.
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13 June 2018

Measles remains a leading cause of death amongst young children despite the fact that a safe and effective vaccine is available and in Côte d’Ivoire, it is free for children from 9 months to 14 years old. One of the challenges is to get the information to parents so they bring their children to health centers.

 

To do so, the Ministry of Health of Côte d’Ivoire with the support of Gavi and UNICEF, mobilized more than 30,000 health workers and volunteers to conduct an innovative nationwide measles campaign to protect more than 13 million children with life-saving vaccines.

 

UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire

We have a remarkably effective weapon against measles. No child should die from measles anymore, yet, too many children still die from diseases we can easily prevent. Let us commit to ensuring a better future for every child by vaccinating them against measles.

Dr Bruno Aholoupke, health specialist at UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire
Health worker informs a mother about the importance of vaccination against measles in Gonzagueville, in the South of Côte d'Ivoire.
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Health worker paid by mobile money.
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UNICEF worked with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and MTN to increase the effectivity of the campaign by paying health workers and volunteers via mobile money.

Innovation at UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire plays an important crucial role in achieving key results for women and children. UNICEF partnered with MTN Cote d’Ivoire for the measles campaign to use mobile money and processed direct digital payments to the beneficiaries who worked on the campaign. Since this was a first for the country office, it was rewarding to get feedback direct from beneficiaries saying they had received all the intended payments and this laid a foundation for future digital payments that don’t involve any third parties.

Norman Muhwezi, Innovation specialist at UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire
Volunteers received payment by mobile money.
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Volunteers received payment by mobile money.
A baby is waiting to be vaccinated against measles at the health center in Gonzagueville, in the South of Côte d'Ivoire.
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A baby is waiting to be vaccinated against measles at the health center in Gonzagueville, in the South of Côte d'Ivoire.