Improving Childhood Immunization

Succeeded in obtaining an Indo-BUDS has launched a project "Enhancing Health Care Access with Cellular Technology" in village Gandhi Gram Ghasera communities. BUDS has US R03 Grant, jointly sponsored by National Institute of Health (NIH)USA and Department of Biotechnology (DBT),Government of India for this project. BUDS is evaluating a software platform in mother-infantunits to improve uptake and coverage of primary childhood vaccinations.

Mobile phone text messages in local languages are being used to give reminders to parents and also for surveillance. Interactive voice message can communicate where populations have low levels of literacy and spreada wareness at the grass root level. Dr Professor Sanjay Jain, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore is the US principal investigator, while on the Indian side the team is led by Dr Rajeev Seth. BUDS proposes that such "Novel cellular technology based approaches for timely immunization reminder, can therefore significantly impact health outcomes in these communities".

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