ABN – A team from the University of Nairobi has won a US$120,000 share of the 2014 GSK and Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award.
The teams bar-coded Vaccination/Mother and Child Wellness Card attracted the attention of the awards board as it tracks vaccinations and rewards mothers with discounts on farm products.
Many families in rural Kenya are unable to have their children and expectant mothers immunised due to the distance they live from the nearest health clinic, cost of the journey and the challenging vaccine fees.
The card tracks when a mother or child receives a vaccine and then allows the mother discounts on farm products from the University’s partner agency Agrovets.
Dr Benson Wamalwa, University of Nairobi spokesperson, said: "The vaccination card uses a unique model, never used anywhere else in the world, to address the challenges of under-vaccination and food security, so parents are no longer forced to choose between vaccinating their child and buying seed for the season's planting.
“Thanks to the card, children are vaccinated and protected against preventable illnesses for the rest of their lives and households enjoy better harvests which safeguard their nutrition and livelihoods."