Whilst the World Health Organisation estimates that vaccinations help save over 2.5 million lives each year globally, figures indicate that up to 60% of children in Pakistan do not complete the immunization schedule. Those with a vaccination reminder card achieve above 80% vaccination completion but if no card is available, or if the card is lost or damaged, the child may miss a lifesaving vaccination.
Working in partnership with Timestrip and design consultants Daylight, Dr. Noor Sabah Rakshani from TVI has created the Vaccine Indicator Reminder (VIR) band to provide a simple, low-cost method of showing when each of the three rounds of vaccines needed over the first 14 weeks of a child’s life are due. The VIR bands alert the mother with a clear visual marker at 6, 10 and 14 week intervals.
This new ‘wearable’ healthcare reminder solution is being heralded as a breakthrough solution, thanks to the revolutionary application of a Timestrip indicator manufactured into the durable, soft plastic waterproof VIR band, which is attached to the baby’s ankle.