WeMUNIZE, USAID Nigeria
In 2018, USAID launched the second-annual Digital Development Awards (the “Digis”) to recognize USAID projects that harness the power of digital tools and data-driven decision making. The WeMUNIZE program was one of five winners chosen out of the 140 applicants. It is implemented by local technology start-up Black Swan Tech Ltd through USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program led by Jhpiego.
Faced with limited local record keeping and low levels of literacy and connectivity, the WeMUNIZE program uses a combination of digital record keeping and community engagement to increase early childhood immunizations. For families participating in the WeMUNIZE program, dropout rates have fallen to below 10 percent.
The project recruits primarily women for their team of trained volunteers and supports them with free mobile phones, empowering women to help their communities and overcome social barriers.
Thanks to its coordination with the Government of Nigeria, the project shares the immunization data generated to improve stakeholder coordination and transfers ownership to the state government to build local capacity.
Photos by KC Nwakalor for USAID / Digital Development Communications