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World Hepatitis Day: Fraym Helps “Find the Missing Millions”

July 27, 2018

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To mark World Hepatitis Day and recognize the need to “find the missing millions,” Fraym leveraged its geospatial data platform to analyze hepatitis B (HBV) vaccination rates for children in Uganda, which is among the countries with the heaviest burden of chronic hepatitis. HBV is one of the most common types of the viral hepatitis and can be deadly for children. The best defense against HBV is to receive the vaccine, which is 95% effective in preventing infection and administered in three doses starting at birth.

Each grid represents a 1 km2 area
Grey areas represent fewer than 20 people

Nationally, Fraym data indicates that approximately 60% of children under the age of five in Uganda have not received the full, three doses of the HBV vaccine. The breakdown across rural areas and cities appears to be similar with 58% of children in Kampala and other cities remaining unvaccinated compared to 62% in rural areas. When accounting for gender in each geographic area, there is no significant difference between boys and girls.

While there are areas for improvement across all regions, Fraym took a closer look at the characteristics of children in regions within the southern half of Uganda. By applying the currently available data, we found on average, 87% of these children have received the first dose of the HBV vaccine, but that number plummets to 66% by the third dose. This 21% drop leaves a large group of children that have missed out on follow up care. Using geospatial data and localized analysis, the Ugandan government and its development partners can significantly improve their efforts to “find the missing millions” and protect these children from this life-threatening virus.

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