JSI, Mastercard and Gavi partner with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health to Implement New Digital Health Tool

June 17th, 2022 | News

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Today in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopia Ministry of Health announced a partnership with JSI, Mastercard and Gavi to implement the Mastercard Wellness Pass digital tool within Ethiopia’s health information system, with the aim of bringing efficiency to healthcare tracking and offline portability of health records in the most underserved communities.

Wellness Pass is an interoperable and offline portable healthcare tool – accessible within a trusted network that creates continuity of care by allowing a patient’s medical data to be stored online and travel with them on a card, provided at the intervention site health facilities. The partnership aims to implement the Wellness Pass technology through several phases. Phase one of the implementation will be focused on COVID-19 vaccination tracking and will be deployed at 350 health facilities throughout the country, including both urban and rural locations, to reach 1 million patients over a 15-month period. Phase two plans to scale the use of Wellness Pass across multiple health care programs, to be determined in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

This partnership will further advance the Ministry’s Information Revolution Agenda, as part of its larger Health Sector Transformation Plan.

Read the press release in the African media.

With more than 40 years of sector-leading experience, JSI is pioneering how we use data and digital to create better health outcomes for all. Across the globe, we work at the forefront of our sector to transform the way health systems work through improved data practices and solutions — from understanding and elevating people’s needs, to creating and streamlining the products and services that meet those needs. We have been engaged in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia for over 25 years, where we support equitable, evidence-driven health systems that support everyone — improving the way clients experience their health, ensuring health actors have the support they need, and ensuring systems are set up for success long into the future.


(Feature photo left to right foreground) Dr. Binyam Desta, JSI Country Representative, Ethiopia; Dr. Lia Tedesse, Minister of Health, Ethiopia; Michael Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth for Mastercard; and Tito Rwamushaija, Senior Country Manager, Gavi, after the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa today, announcing a partnership to implement the Mastercard Wellness Pass tool. Photo by Heran Demissie/JSI.

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