Supporting African governments to manage large-scale vaccination programmes using cloud technology

Building on our Government Advisory work supporting leaders on the ground in 14 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, we have partnered with Oracle to deliver a cloud-based public-health system, launching initially in Ghana and Rwanda with plans to expand. The Oracle Health Management System helps countries manage essential vaccination programmes by creating an electronic health record – stored securely in a cloud database – for every person as they are vaccinated.

As a result, national coverage can be mapped, which in turn helps countries to contain infectious diseases and, ultimately, save lives. Ghana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone will be using the system to create electronic health records for their vaccination programmes for yellow fever, HPV, polio, measles and Covid-19, once that vaccine is distributed to Africa. Participating countries will have access and support for the system, free of charge, for the next ten years.

Tony Blair,
Executive Chairman and Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

“This is an immensely exciting and potentially ground-breaking initiative for recording information on all disease vaccinations and treatments in African nations.”

Using data to improve
public health

How doctors and nurses in Ghana are using Oracle Cloud

Digitised health records, with data that is secure and privacy-protecting

The Health Management System builds on technology Oracle developed to help the US government fight Covid-19. African health experts are using it to strengthen their vaccination programmes, with a focus on those adolescent and adult vaccinations which are often paper-based or not digitised.

The data is stored in Oracle's secure, privacy-protecting cloud, where countries can access only their own information. Oracle has no insight into the contents of this data, such as files, documents, and databases. Oracle has implemented a "ubiquitous encryption" programme with the goal of encrypting all data, everywhere, always. For customer tenant data, Oracle uses encryption both at-rest and in-transit. Users retain all ownership and intellectual property rights in and to their content.

Working together in the fight against Covid-19

The system will also support eventual Covid-19 vaccine rollout, tracking immunisations and creating QR codes for "immunity passes." Proof of immunisation will allow the travel and tourism sectors in Africa to reconnect to the global community, enabling economic recovery.

“We will be living with Covid-19 for some years. The recording of vaccination data, requiring the highest quality data system, will be vital in managing its impact and spread. Oracle can provide that system with data securely stored and owned by each country and are prepared to do so as part of a global philanthropic partnership.”

Tony Blair,
Executive Chairman and Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland