Dr. Rajiv N. Rimal, is the recipient of a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Rimal, chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, will pursue a project titled “Rejoice Architecture Meets Social Norms to Accelerate Vaccination in Nepal.”
In Nepal, essential health services like vaccinations are often provided in clinics with long waiting lines, usually in a noisy, stressful environment, according to Dr. Rimal. The unwelcoming environment might erect a barrier for new mothers in terms of follow up visits for their baby. Newborns may not get the full complement of vaccines, thus putting them at risk of developing serious diseases like measles, Dr. Rimal said.
The project seeks to create a welcoming environment in clinics with the hope that vaccination rates will increase and caregivers will seek essential health care services for their children and families.
Grand Challenges Explorations supports innovative thinkers worldwide to explore ideas that can solve persistent global health and development challenges. Dr. Rimal’s project is one of approximately 50 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 22 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Friday Letter Submission