Leapfrogging with technology: introduction of a monitoring platform to support a large-scale Ebola vaccination program in Rwanda

Continued outbreaks of Ebola virus disease, including recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), highlight the need for effective vaccine programs to combat future outbreaks. Given the population flow between DRC and Rwanda, the Rwanda Ministry of Health initiated a preventive vaccination campaign supported by a vaccination monitoring platform (VMP). The campaign aimed to vaccinate approximately 200,000 people from Rwanda’s Rubavu and Rusizi districts with the two-dose vaccine regimen Ad26.ZEBOV, MVA-BN-Filo. The VMP encompassed: biometric identification (iris scanning), mobile messaging, and an interactive reporting dashboard. The VMP collected data used to register and identify participants at subsequent visits. Mobile message reminders supported compliance. Utilization of the VMP was instrumental to the success of the campaign, using biometric technology, dashboard reporting of near real-time data analysis and mobile phone communication technology to support vaccine administration and monitoring. A comprehensive VMP is feasible in large-scale health-care campaigns, beneficial for public health surveillance, and can allow effective response to an infectious disease outbreak.

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  • Research & Evaluation

Author: Paula McKenna, Serge Masyn, Annik Willems, Anne De Paepe, Romain Rutten, Jean Baptiste Mazarati, Felix Sayinzoga, Etienne Karita, Jean Nepo Nduwamungu, Amelia Mazzei, Julien Nyombayire, Rosine Ingabire, Monica Amponsah, Seth Gogo Egoeh and Nnamdi Ezeanochie
Publication Date: 06/04/2021
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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