Moving ICT into the Development Paradigm



mTika has won the award for ‘Best Innovation – Healthcare’ at the 1st Bangladesh Innovation Awards (BIA), hosted at the Grand Ballroom, Le Méridien Dhaka, on 20th October 2018. The event was put together by Bangladesh Innovation Conclave (BIC), powered by MasterCard and organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum.

The mHealth solution is built on the Open Smart Registration Platform (OpenSRP) that aims to remove the barriers in achieving timely and high immunization coverage in rural Bangladesh by utilizing an electronic cloud-based system for infant and pregnant mother enumeration and registration, vaccination record keeping, and SMS reminders.

Our mTika app is used to register a mother and child when they visit a vaccination camp. The app also has provisions for pregnant mothers to send an SMS about a new birth so that the new born child is registered into the Child Register. Frontline health workers can make targeted interventions based on automated reports on missed appointments generated through the system. The health workers can also send SMS reminders to beneficiaries on the day of vaccination camps, they can sort which vaccination is due for which beneficiary through color coded flags, and also have the option to send announcement messages through bulk SMS to beneficiaries who have scheduled vaccination appointments. These features have increased proactive engagement among health workers and improved timely vaccination rates in rural Bangladesh.

The mTika model was initially conceptualized by JHU Global mHealh Initiative and the operationalization of the model was initially funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada in two speared projects. An OpenSRP-based model of mTika was then funded by UNICEF innovation Fund, jointly awarded with Ona.

About the BIA

The Bangladesh Innovation Awards was designed to recognize the vibrant community of innovators – from startups to established companies – and its breakthrough creations and ideas. In celebrating successful innovations from startups and veterans alike, the award program aimed to build Bangladesh’s economy by acknowledging the creative minds, fueling innovation within it.

The main categories of the award were designed for sectorial innovation which took place in financial sector, apparel sector, healthcare, SDG inclusion, process, product development, start-up, social and technology.