Digital Health ID RFP

The ability to prove one’s identity is a fundamental and universal human right. Yet over 1 billion people worldwide are unable to prove their identity through any recognized means. The majority – 650 million – of those living without identification are children under the age of fourteen who have not received a birth certificate.

This is a pressing challenge in Bangladesh, where only 38 percent of children receive a birth certificate during the first five years of life, and globally.

To address this challenge in Bangladesh, the Access to Information (a2i) Program, ICT Division of Ministry of Post, Telecommunication & Information Technology of the Government of Bangladesh, the Directorate General of Health Services, Health Services, Division of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh, Gavi, and ID2020 are jointly committing to the implementation of a digital health ID program.

The program seeks to provide infants with a portable, biometrically-linked digital ID either at the point of birth registration or at the time of routine immunization, simultaneously supporting four shared objectives:

  1. Increasing the number of accurate unique identifications in order to:
    • Improve birth registration coverage
    • Reduce duplication of health IDs and increase the number and accuracy of issued health IDs,
    • Enhance interoperability in a presently fragmented health system,
    • Facilitate re-identification and recovery of personal records, even if a paper-based record is lost;
  2. Driving improvements in vaccination efficiency, coverage, and equity in order to:
    • Enable portability across geographies,
    • Increase the number of fully immunized children;
  3. Supporting continuity of care across state and non-state health systems in order to:
    • Generate identity portability across health systems,
    • Increase accuracy of personal records and provide visibility of needed follow-up care,
    • Enhance service delivery by creating improvements in planning, reporting, and budgeting,
    • Improve health outcomes;
  4. Creating a digital ID ecosystem in order to facilitate access to other services throughout the lifecourse.
    • Create consistency and efficiency across federal systems,
    • Provide a privacy preserving mechanism prove one’s identity across personal and commercial settings;

The program will proceed in four phases from mid-2021 to late 2025. The proposed program will be phased, beginning with a piloting phase, moving into a regional scaling phase, and culminating in a national scaling phase. A key outcome of this program is a replicable model by which digital ID could be scaled in other country contexts.

Submissions for this RFP are now closed. However, additional information regarding this RFP can be obtained through the following ⋘ form ⋙. For all current RFP participants, questions must be submitted by 16 June 2021. Please submit all questions in a single spreadsheet to [email protected].

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Timeline and Milestones



28 April 2021

RFP Published

13 May 2021

Pre-Qualification Round 1 Closed

28 May 2021

Deadline for vendor questions Round 1

03 June 2021

ID2020 Respond to vendor questions 1

16 June 2021

Deadline for vendor questions Round 2

23 June 2021

ID2020 Respond to vendor questions 2

30 June 2021

Deadline to submit proposal: 21:00 GMT/UTC

30 July 2021

Vendor awarded