AFRICA – Parsyl and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have collaborated to provide affordable vaccine monitoring devices with user-friendly technology to African Union member states.

The monitoring devices can be configured for the unique temperature requirements of multiple health products with a single end-to-end solution.

Parsyl’s platform includes a suite of monitoring devices, a mobile app, a web platform and an optional gateway for automatic data offload for use in immunization programs.

In addition to that, Parsyl’s mobile app provides easy-to-understand temperature and shelf-life data, giving frontline workers critical information at their fingertips.

With the distribution of 10,000 such vaccine monitoring devices, the partnership aims to support Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Africa.

Vaccines are the most critical tool in ending the pandemic thus equitable access to safe and effective vaccines is important in Africa.

With COVID-19 vaccines being approved for use in different parts of the globe, the scale and complexity of their manufacture, allocation and distribution globally is unprecedented, reported the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report further added that such uncommon times present corruption risks that threaten vital public health goals.

The corruption risks include entry of substandard and falsified vaccines into markets, theft of vaccines within the distribution systems, corrupted procurement systems among other issues.

Despite this, there has been remarkable advancement in knowledge and innovation through the production of cutting-edge technological products like the Covid-19 vaccine monitoring device developed by Parsyl.

“New tools have tremendously helped the global and continental response to Covid-19 in addition to existing tools and traditional methods. Africa CDC looks forward to providing the knowledge and skills required for frontline health workers to adequately use these monitoring devices for the benefit of the population,” Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC noted.

As part of the partnership, Parsyl’s mobile-based Smart Countdown tool will allow selected member states to easily monitor and track the varied usage requirements of thawed Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) Covid-19 vaccines.

Countries receiving monitoring devices will be determined and coordinated by the Africa CDC.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Africa CDC and we look forward to putting the devices to use immediately to help strengthen the vaccine supply chain,” said Souleymane Sawadogo, Parsyl’s Vice President of Global Health.

Adding further that the collaboration also aims to support countries in protecting vaccine supply as well as quick and effective distribution to populations.

Parsyl has been working with several countries across Africa to monitor vaccines before the pandemic.

The organization’s innovative technology and access to better data, combined with in-country insurance offerings, have proven to be successful in managing risks of critical health commodities, including Covid-19 vaccines.

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