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Leveraging digital technologies for finding, identifying and registering the most vulnerable children to ensure a healthier future

INFUSE 2018 is calling for proven digital technology innovations that provide more effective methods of identity registration and authentication to accelerate and improve immunisation coverage and delivery.  

One in five children in Gavi-supported countries do not receive a full course of the most basic vaccines. One reason for this gap is that an increasing number of people live under the radar.

Globally, one in every four children under the age of five lack any proof of identification1. Without a reliable record that can be uniquely linked to each child, it is difficult to determine the care he or she needs.

The latest digital technologies can provide more effective ways of registering births, issuing proof of identity and authenticating identities to allow access to essential health services. This is especially important for girls, who are more likely to suffer the repercussions of not being registered.

We are on the brink of building a healthier and more prosperous future for the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2018, through INFUSE, Gavi is calling for innovations that leverage new technologies to modernise the process of identifying and registering the children who are most in need of life-saving vaccines. 

1 Source: UNICEF Data: Child Protection: Birth Registration. United Nations Children's Fund, 2017; available from


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41 million

Since 2007, countries have immunised 41 million children with a second dose of measles or measles-rubella vaccine with Gavi support. Gavi-funded campaigns with these two vaccines have helped vaccinate another 328 million children in countries at high risk of outbreaks.

WHO/UNICEF and Gavi, 2017

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