INFUSE 2019: Calling on innovators with solutions for immunizing in complex urban, developing country settings


Above: Photo by Gavi/2016/Rachel Belt


In 2019, INFUSE is looking for innovations uniquely positioned to address immunisation challenges in urban settings. Through this call, Gavi is seeking innovations that aim to address the specific challenges involved in assuring that children living in urban areas are reached with immunisation.


In 2018, 55% of the world’s population lived in urban settings. By 2050, this figure is expected to rise to almost 70%. This rapid growth will add nearly 2.5 billion people to urban areas, with 90% of the expansion occurring in Asia and Africa.


Gavi’s mission is to ensure that every child is immunised with basic life-saving vaccines, no matter where they live. It is clear that the specific challenges posed by these dynamic and complex urban environments require more innovation to ensure that every child is reached. Today nearly 6.4 million, or 40%, of the 16.1 million underimmunised children in Gavi-supported countries live in cities, and the proportion continues to increase.


The INFUSE 2019 urban innovation challenge aims to source new technologies and tools to:

  1. accurately identify and track under-immunised populations that are highly mobile and impermanent;
  2. inclusively plan for services that are responsive and target under-served populations in urban settings; and
  3. continuously monitor progress of urban programmes, ensuring targeted, continuous high-quality immunisation services.


These innovations are urgent and vital to preventing and detecting outbreaks in the growing number of densely-populated urban settings worldwide.


Proposals will be accepted until Thursday April 11th (1:00am CET) // Wednesday April 10th (5pm PST).



For more information, visit the Gavi webpage here





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Monday, 17 February 2020