mHealth for Better Routine Immunization Data in Honduras (2017-2018)

Vaccinations are a highly cost-effective public health intervention that prevent over 2.5 million childhood deaths a year. However, children in resource-limited settings remain susceptible to preventable infections due to delays in, refusal to accept or lack of access to vaccinations.

This Bass Connections project built on a previous team’s comparative analysis of routine immunization programs in Ghana and Honduras. In response to findings, the 2017-2018 team focused on creating an mHealth (mobile health) system for better routine immunization data in Roatán, Honduras.

Collaborating with Clinica Esperanza, a low-cost provider of medical services in Roatán, the team built, tested and evaluated mVax, an app designed to streamline the process of recording immunization data and improve record collection, access and storage.

Team members travelled to Roatán throughout the app development process to train users, pilot the mVax system, talk to key stakeholders, incorporate recommendations, scale up the system and assess the acceptability of and satisfaction with the app from health provider and patient points of view.


Spring 2017 – Fall 2018

Team Outcomes

mHealth for Better Routine Immunization Data in Honduras (mVax) (poster by Linh Bui, Alison Huang, Robert Steinberg, Matthew Tribby, Kathryn Watkins, Steven Yang), presented at Bass Connections Showcase, April 18, 2018; Computer Science Undergraduate Project Showcase (Research Project Winner), April 2018; Global Health Research Showcase, November 2017

Linh Bui ’20, Rob Steilberg ’18 and Kate Watkins ’19, Bass Connections Follow-on Student Research Award

mVax summary posted on GitHub

I feel lucky having found a project at Duke that is a concrete application of the skills I’ve learned both in class and on my own. My studies in computer science have shown me that the two things I love most are programming and building new things that solve problems. Working on the mVax team has let me do both, ultimately culminating in a project that is going to make a real impact on someone else. Solving others’ problems is a guideline for what I do, and it has been great to achieve that through Bass Connections.

–Rob Steilberg ’18

This Team in the News

New mHealth App Streamlines the Vaccination Process

Duke Seniors Share What Was Most Meaningful about Their Bass Connections Experiences

Bass Connections Showcase Presents Research Highlights from Durham to Malaysia

Undergraduate Project Showcase 2018

Global Health Projects Featured Prominently among Bass Connections Awards

Meet the 2018 Recipients of Bass Connections Follow-on Research Awards

See related teams, Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination (2015-2016) and Vaccine Misinformation and Its Link to Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake in Durham (2018-2019).

Bass Connections team members in Honduras

/faculty/staff Team Members

  • Dennis Clements, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Infectious Diseases*
  • Robert Duvall, Arts & Sciences-Computer Science
  • Richard Lucic, Arts & Sciences-Computer Science*
  • Christina Makarushka, Duke Global Health Institute-Center for Health Policy
  • Lavanya Vasudevan, School of Medicine-Community and Family Medicine*

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Thuy-Linh Bui, Biology (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Alison Huang, Mathematics (BS), Computer Science (BS2)
  • Samantha Siegel, Gender Sexuality & Fem St(AB)
  • Robert Steilberg, Computer Science (BS)
  • Matthew Tribby, Computer Science (BS)
  • Kathryn Watkins, Biology (AB), History (AB2)
  • Steven Yang, Computer Science (AB), Statistical Science (AB2)

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Clinica Esperanza, Honduras
  • Offices of the Secretariat of Health, Roatan, Honduras