Updated Jan 15, 2021

Global Fund Mass LLIN Campaign in Nigeria and The Gambia

Part of Catholic Relief Services

https://www.crs.org/ict4d

Steve Hellen

Our innovation utilized digital tracking and monitoring all the way to the individual household level, which gave us real time visibility into program operations, bringing greater accountability and precision in mass bed net distribution campaigns that took place in Nigeria, The Gambia, and most recently, Benin.

In Nigeria, CRS partnered with the National Malaria Elimination Program to introduce mobile technology to distribute 13.6 million LLINs through mass campaigns across four states (Ogun, Jigawa, Katsina, Gombe) in 2018. The system provides real-time data to better manage distributions and ensures nets reach the right people. In Gombe state, CRS distributed 2 million LLINs at 868 locations in less...
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In Nigeria, CRS partnered with the National Malaria Elimination Program to introduce mobile technology to distribute 13.6 million LLINs through mass campaigns across four states (Ogun, Jigawa, Katsina, Gombe) in 2018. The system provides real-time data to better manage distributions and ensures nets reach the right people. In Gombe state, CRS distributed 2 million LLINs at 868 locations in less than one week, achieving a redemption rate of 98.5%. By employing a GIS-enabled mobile platform called Cash and Asset Transfer (CAT), technology also increases assurance that goods can reach the intended individuals. During 2018 CRS used CAT to distribute more than 13.6 million long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to 6 million households in Nigeria via distribution points. 54,000 household mobilizers were trained to use CAT. Program teams used CAT — and over 6,000 smartphones — to track training attendance of household mobilizers, register households, manage distributions, and monitor coverage. This improved accountability, data quality, and reduced the time required for household registration and LLIN distributions. In the Gambia in 2014, CRS supported the Gambia’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets throughout the country. Using tablets with configurable electronic forms, CRS program staff delivered and accounted for 971,665 LLINs in four weeks! CRS used tablets configured with a cloud-based mobile data collection platform, to streamline household registration, LLIN tracking, and distribution via distribution points. Program staff registered eligible recipients using electronic forms that recorded the location and the number of LLINs needed per household. This information was used to load delivery trucks, ensuring that the right type and number of nets were sent to the right place at the right time. Unique bar-coded vouchers (one per net) were issued to the head of household. During distribution, vouchers were redeemed by scanning bar codes into the system, which sent the data to a remote server for processing. In areas with no internet access, the data was stored on the tablets until it could be uploaded. The data was exported to an online platform that enabled staff to create reports, charts and dashboards for easy analysis.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Our innovation used digital tracking and monitoring at the household level, which gave us real time visibility into program operations, bringing greater accountability and precision in the campaigns that took place in Nigeria and The Gambia.

Focus Areas:

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Digital Development and Technology

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Implemented In:

Gambia, The, Nigeria and Benin

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Countries Implemented In
82,000,000
Customers

Problem

Eliminating Malaria in The Gambia and Nigeria.

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Solution

Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) distributed to the entire populations of The Gambia and Nigeria.

Target Beneficiaries

The entire population of The Gambia, and by the end of 2020, the entire population across 24 States in Nigeria.

Mission and Vision

By reaching tens of millions of people with precision malaria interventions, we will save 500,000 lives through malaria services by 2030. CRS believes this is a strong step in the right direction as we work together to eliminate malaria in these countries and beyond.

Competitive Advantage

To determine the impact of technology, the study compared the cost of traditional, paper-based implementations in the two states of Edo and Osun and the cost of digital implementation in Kastina state. The results showed that using technology increased the rate of net pick-up, or redemption, significantly. By using technology to reduce walking and wait times, sending reminders, tracking household follow-ups, and identifying areas previously missed, the digital implementation had a higher impact as more people received a net. Ultimately, the cost of families falling ill, and missing work is higher than the cost of using technology. This held true in other states. When comparing how many people receive a net via paper-based distribution versus a digitally managed distribution, the value of the number of people receiving a net and the costs avoided by prevent malaria, far outweighs the cost of using technology.

The Team Behind the Innovation

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2020
New Country Implemented In
Benin
Jan 2018
New Country Implemented In
Nigeria
Jan 2014
New Country Implemented In
Gambia, The