April 26, 2023
Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine, NEC Corporation (NEC), and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have developed a system that combines fingerprint identification for newborn children and voice recognition for caregivers to confirm their identity and manage vaccination histories and schedules to promote appropriate vaccination of newborns.
The system's effectiveness was confirmed through a demonstration test at a hospital in Kenya. This technology marks the first time in the world that biometric identification is being used at a hospital to identify newborn children at the time of vaccination, including those immediately after delivery.
This demonstration test started in September 2022, and data from more than 300 caregivers and newborns had been registered, including the vaccination histories of more than 150 newborns. The trial is scheduled to continue until March 2023 while expanding the number of target hospitals in Kenya and verifying and improving issues related to the system.
|Fingerprinting of newborns|
Please refer to the following URL (link to NEC's website) for details.
“KIZUNA”, the official magazine of the Government of Japan, introduced this project in an interview with Professor KANEKO Satoshi of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University.