Winners of the 2015 Award

PATH, Vietnam- $400,000

PATH has developed a digital Immunisation System, known as Immreg. Immreg strengthens the immunization program for pregnant women and children under five years old in the Ben Tre Province in Southern Vietnam. Currently immunization registries and reporting systems are paper based which is a process that is time-consuming and prone to error. Therefore data inaccuracies create barriers to effective management of vaccine stocks and cause delays, leaving pregnant women and children at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable disease.

However Path’s Immreg, is enabling faster and more efficient management of individual immunization records and vaccine delivery. Using this unique software, workers can now generate lists of people due for vaccination and reports for system managers with a web-based application that is accessible on CHC-based computers and Smartphone’s.

At present workers at 164 Commune Health Centres (CHC) are using this web-based system to register pregnant mothers and newborns, track their immunization status, and remind them to participate in monthly immunization days via SMS text reminders. The transition from a paper-based system to a digital system is allows for a faster and more efficient report generation and improved service delivery. There has been a significant increase in on-time immunization rates therefore protecting children from vaccine-preventable disease.

Fundación VIHDA, Ecuador- $200,000 & $26,600 consultancy prize with ICSF

Fundación VIHDA’s innovation uses a foil pouch (the ‘Pratt Pouch’) as a more accurate and efficient way for a parent to administer the HIV prevention drug MTC to an infant.

The transmission of HIV from mother to child can be prevented by careful administration of ARV drugs to the child immediately after birth and for 30 days thereafter. However, studies show that 50% of mothers provided with a bottle of liquid medication for their infant make dosing errors larger than 20%, and 28% of mother’s exhibit dosing errors larger than 40%.

Results strongly show that the Pratt Pouch improved dosing accuracy by 50%, meaning mothers are now delivering highly accurate doses, thus increasing their chance of successfully preventing HIV transmission. 

2020 MicroClinic, Kenya- $100,000 & $76,600 consultancy prize with ICSF

2020 MicroClinic Initiative (2020 MCI), launched in Kenya in 2012. Their innovation is called OpK and is a community-facing, in-clinic, integrated health systems support program designed to encourage skilled deliveries and improve peri-partum care for mothers and newborns in rural public health facilities without overwhelming the limited staff. 

It is crucial to bring mothers to clinics for a skilled delivery and follow-up to ensure care for newborns in the first 30 days when most neonatal deaths occur.

Therefore the OpK model has four essential ingredients: 1) an incentive for mothers including a package of newborn clothing; 2) a first-of-its-kind emergency fund that guarantees mothers access to emergency transport from Days 0-30 post-partum, 3) a birth-companion support program, and 4) electronic case management of mothers and newborns Days 0-30.

SA MRC, South Africa, $100,000 & $76,600 consultancy prize with ICSF

SA MRC Maternal and Infant Health Care has developed The Child Healthcare Problem Identification Programme (Child PIP). This is a hospital-based mortality audit tool that enables the careful review of deaths of infants and children in South African hospitals.

The objective is to save lives of children by carefully auditing the deaths of children and learning from the missed opportunities identified to improve the quality of care.

Child PIP was first developed and piloted in 2004 by 14 sites in 6 provinces, and is now used by more than 160 sites in all 9 provinces and in 44 out of 52 districts, and in Botswana. 160 hospitals (close to half of all public hospitals in South Africa) and numerous local case studies demonstrate how the Child PIP audit process has improved the quality of care provided to children.