The Challenge: As global population demographics evolve, skewing rapidly towards urban and peri-urban settings, routine immunisation programmes need to adapt with specific interventions tailored to reaching every child. The growing number of people living in urban areas has brought new challenges for gathering data, planning and communicating—as well as opportunities to develop new approaches to routine immunisation.
Immunisation connects the vast majority of families with the primary health system up to five times in the first year of a child’s life—more than any other health intervention. As a result, strengthening immunisation services in complex and dynamic urban settings also allows for a fortification of access to primary healthcare more broadly, and enables robust pathways towards achieving universal health coverage.
The INFUSE urban innovation challenge aims to source technologies and tools to:
1) accurately identify and track under-immunised populations that are highly mobile and impermanent;
2) inclusively plan for services that are responsive and target underserved populations in urban settings; and
3) continuously monitor progress of urban programs, ensuring targeted and continuous high-quality immunisation services.
In 2019, INFUSE is looking for innovations uniquely positioned to address immunisation challenges in urban settings. Through this Challenge, Gavi is seeking innovations that aim to address the following challenges in assuring that children living in urban areas are reached with immunisation.
Submissions are welcome from registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working in any country and territory in the world.
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