New tablets help capture immunization data and expand digitization of the country’s health system
ACRA | December 16, 2022 – The Rockefeller Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announce the delivery of 1,829 digital tablets in support of the Ghana Health Service’s (GHS) five-day national immunization campaign against Covid-19, which began on December 14, 2022. With more Health frontline workers equipped with technology to capture critical Covid-19 vaccination data during health service visits in Ghana, GHS can better identify remaining coverage gaps and address barriers to access. The campaign aims to increase vaccine coverage by addressing misconceptions about the virus and countering persistent vaccine misinformation, while the tablets will strengthen GHS’s overall capacity to collect, analyze and share data on routine immunizations and other primary health services.
Today, less than 40% of eligible Ghanaians have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine compared to nearly 70% globally. The new tablets – together with key investments from the Government of Ghana and other funding organizations – help advance the Ministry of Health’s commitments to vaccinate 18.2 million people against Covid-19 by the end of 2023 and increase the use of GHS for e- healthcare (e-health). information technology for the provision of health services. In addition to digital devices, the United States has donated more than 12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to support GHS’s national immunization efforts.
“The US government through USAID is supporting the Ghana Health Service in the operational deployment of vaccinations, nationwide vaccine delivery, demand generation and communication, pharmacovigilance and health information systems,” said Kimberly Rosen, USAID/Ghana Mission Director. “Our support will help build Ghana’s system beyond the pandemic, enabling GHS to better track potential and emerging health issues while continuing to improve essential health services such as childhood immunizations.”
GHS first began using digital tools to contain Covid-19 in March 2020, quickly shifting much of its digital tools inventory to pandemic response. The following year, when Ghana became the first African country to receive Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility, GHS recognized the need for additional equipment to track the spread of immunization and appealed for global support.
USAID, which previously provided nearly 1,700 more digital tablets to GHS to strengthen the country’s Covid-19 immunization efforts and digital health information systems, helped facilitate this new collaboration between Ghana’s Ministry of Health and the Rockefeller Foundation. As a key player in the US government’s Global Vaccine Access Initiative (Global VAX), USAID will continue to support digitization efforts as health workers integrate apps into existing programs, working through long-time GHS partner Results for Development (R4D). to provide on-site training.
“Health workers in Ghana are the country’s first line of defense against any emerging health threat,” said Linda Vanoto, Senior Program Director of Community Workforce and Primary Health Care at Results for Development. “The devices will help them expand data collection in rural and remote areas, improving the availability of data for planning and minimizing the administrative burden on health workers.”
The Rockefeller Foundation’s support for GHS is part of the Foundation’s $55 million Global Vaccination Initiative (GVI), which aims to increase demand for Covid-19 vaccines and accelerate global vaccine equity by leveraging data and digital tools.
“The Ghana Health Service is a leader in the digital health space and we welcome the opportunity to support its vision for digital transformation while advancing the global fight against Covid-19,” they said Greg Kuzmak, director of Digital Health Initiatives for the Rockefeller Foundation. “Through the Global Vaccination Initiative, the Foundation is investing in solutions that harness the power of data to make Covid-19 and other immunization campaigns more effective and efficient.”
As the nationwide Covid-19 response moves from crisis to control, the Ghana Health Service will continue to integrate digital devices and data into immunization strategies and other health programs, building a stronger foundation for future system-wide digital health projects .
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