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Vaccination Reminder Band Tipped to Boost Global Child Inoculation Rates

The Guardian reported that an ankle band that reminds parents when their childs vaccines are due has come through trials in Pakistan. The band which was designed by the British company Timestrip, changes colour over the first four months of the child’s life, acting as a visual prompter to parents. It is hoped that the use of the vaccination band will help increase the number of children that receive the full course of immunization treatment against vaccine-preventable diseases such as hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.

Discussion points:

  1. How do you think this technology can be incorporated in other low and middle-income countries that battle with similar issues of incomplete immunization regimes for children?
  2. Can this Timestrip technology be used to counter any other developmental difficulties faced within low and middle-income countries?
  3. How does this technology help to counter cultural arguments against vaccinations such as ‘vaccinations poison our children rather than protect them’?