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From Palestine to the World, this Team Wants to Facilitate Vaccination Through an App

Universal Baby Vaccination (UBV) is a non-profit organization aiming to maximize the number of vaccinated children all over the World through an innovative app: they came up with a standalone full vaccination solution easily integrated with the Ministries of Health or International NGOs’ systems, which is now running for the semi-finals at the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition.

Founded by Hafeth Zughayer, Falastin Jaulani and Ashwaq Ghazzawy in Palestine, the core team has 15 years of experience as business Development professionals.  “The project aims to be a universal initiative to solve all vaccination procedures and simplify the process. Our main achievement is to connect the main stakeholders of the vaccination process, the ministry of health, vaccination centers and parents,” Zughayer tells BarakaBits.

According to Zughayer, 20% of infants worldwide are not vaccinated. In order to tackle the problem, the app integrates features like reminding parents of vaccines due date by SMS and email, simplifying vaccination appointments in medical centers, keeping digital records of vaccination available anytime, and facilitating the management of vaccination campaigns, such as polio. Competing in the social entrepreneurship track, the startup will participate in the MIT competition kicking off in Kuwait City next April 16.

Keep up with the MIT Competition on Twitter at @MITEFarab

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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