In developing nations that lack proper medical systems, kids’ vaccinations are often forgotten about and therefore missed, leading to the development of bigger problems down the road. In more developed nations, parents receive regular reminders via a variety of means and compliance remains quite high outside the community of skeptics. To help improve vaccination rates even in poorly served areas, an easy-to-read indicator is being placed around the ankles of some newborn babies in Pakistan and Nigeria.
The Vaccine Indicator Reminder (VIR), made by Timestrip, a company based in Cambridge, UK, has a simple countdown bar on its front that shows how much time is left before the next vaccination is due. It’s activated with a press of the finger on the VIR’s face. A predictable chemical process, which relies on a food dye, works inside the device to keep track of how much time has passed since a baby was outfitted with the VIR.
There are currently three different bands, each colored differently and featuring a different preset timer length, allowing a clinic to choose which to put on a child depending on when the next vaccine is due. Parents simply need to press on the device’s face once in a while to receive an accurate update, helping them to schedule a visit to a clinic.
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