By Mark Thomas, Executive Director
February 24, 2017
It’s a day of mixed emotions today at VaxTrac. As you may have heard, we are currently winding down our operations. When we thought about how to best serve developing health systems, we did not think we could continue to do that effectively as a standalone organization. Countries need access to a broader portfolio of technology, and they need assistance from partners with deep local knowledge. That led us to make the difficult decision to shutter the organization.
On the plus side, we’re thrilled to announce that eHealth Africa has agreed to become the steward of our work going forward! It’s an organization we have an immense amount of respect for and one that shares our vision for how technology can contribute to health system development. We started working with them on our latest project in Sierra Leone, and even that was long after they had developed a sterling reputation with their work throughout West Africa.
We have also released all of our software and support materials to be freely accessible to other implementers. Consistent with our philosophy of effective development, all of our technology will remain open source under a GPLv3 license. You can find more information about that on our website. I hope that others can continue to use—and even further develop—what we’ve built over the last seven years. If you have questions or are interested in implementing something similar, I would encourage you to reach out to eHA.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who has supported our work: staff, Board members, donors, colleagues, friends and family. We could not have accomplished a fraction of what we did without your contributions—be it time, money or just rooting for us. You’ll be proud to know the impact that we have created together. We have trained over 1,000 health workers from 200 facilities in three countries, and we have seen more than 250,000 children!
I hope that sticks with you. Today, there are a quarter of a million healthier kids running around thanks to our collective effort. And while this might not be the preferred outcome, at least we can be very proud of the legacy we’ve left.