Ventures
Project Reach
Location
Mumbai
India
IN
Issue Area(s)

About

The infant mortality rate from preventable diseases in India is tragically high, while government stockpiles of mandated vaccines do not have a pathway into rural areas.  The government and pharmaceutical companies are seeking partners to help disseminate vaccines, but a scalable vaccine drive needs trained administrators, a public awareness strategy, and a cold storage supply chain.  The Project Reach team has devised a system with initial government approval to procure vaccines that are currently not being deployed, distribute them through cold storage boxes they will secure, and vaccinate patients through a partnership with medical student volunteers.  To raise awareness in the local rural communities of the benefits of vaccination and of local availability, the team will leverage an existing government SMS alert system.  Starting in a single community as a pilot to show the government that this system works, the Project Reach team can scale this plan and save tens of thousands of lives.