Improving Coverage of Hepatitis B Vaccination with Mobile Phones in Rural Laos
In early 2013, Dr. Minal Patel of GID’s Disease Eradication & Elimination Branch (DEEB) will launch a research initiative with the Laos Ministry of Health and WHO to determine if the use of mobile phones by village health volunteers can increase coverage of the birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine. In rural areas, most babies are born at home rather than in a health facility which severely limited access to vaccination. When a new birth occurs, village health volunteers will notify skilled birth attendants via mobile phone. The skilled birth attendants will visit homes with new births and deliver the birth dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine as part of an integrated child health package.