In Nigeria, insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) have been distributed since 2007. A digital approach was introduced in 2017 to improve the accountability and efficiency of ITN mass campaigns. During a 2022 ITN mass campaign in Anambra state, which involved the supply of more than 3.85 million ITNs, every household was allocated one net for every two people, up to a maximum of four nets per household.
A digital platform, cloud-based database and mobile applications were developed using the cash and asset transfer model to provide support for timely collection, analysis and management of data in real time. Campaign processes and tools were modified into software and online dashboards. The platform enabled tracking of campaign personnel attendance during training sessions and campaign implementation, as well as real-time recording and tracking of household mobilisation and net distribution. The platform was integrated with a financial service provider to allow verification of campaign personnel bank accounts.
The platform improved stock reconciliation through a digital stock management module and ensured distribution of ITNs to households across the state, including those in hard-to-reach areas. Real-time tracking of household mobilisation and ITN distribution activities was provided through digital data, dashboards and reports. Digitalisation of distribution activities improved the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the campaign.
This presentation was given at the Global Digital Health Forum 2023.
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