Fingerprint Scanning Leads to Improved Vaccination Rates in West Africa

lumidigm multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors have now been installed at 31 clinics across southern Benin, West Africa. These scanners were developed in coordination with VaxTrac, and through a combination of the latest vaccine record keeping software and lumidigm's fingerprint sensors, the hope is that vaccine waste can be decreased from the 50% found in many regions, whilst increasing the number of patients receiving booster vaccinations at the right time.

lumidigm multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors have now been installed at 31 clinics across southern Benin, West Africa. These scanners were developed in coordination with VaxTrac, and through a combination of the latest vaccine record keeping software and lumidigm’s fingerprint sensors, the hope is that vaccine waste can be decreased from the 50% found in many regions, whilst increasing the number of patients receiving booster vaccinations at the right time.

The use of biometrics in the vaccination process has seen a 10% increase in the number of women returning to get themselves and their children vaccinated. Hopes are that this number will increase as the fingerprint scheme, along with expert retaining for health workers, is rolled out across Benin as part of a $695,431 campaign funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

The system takes the fingerprint of both the mother and the child in order to increase the effectiveness of the system. Operating on low-cost mobile devices, VaxTrac and biometrics could be the key to effectively improving vaccination rates in poor and remote regions across the world.

To find out more about VaxTrac and the role of fingerprint scanners visit vaxtrac.com

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