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Advances on Electronic Immunization Registries in Latin America Highlighted in the Global eHealth Report

One interesting post from PAHO in the Global Immunization Newsletter (GIN), January 2017. The Global eHealth report, recently released includes a case study on Electronic Immunization Registries (EIR) in Latin America. This case study highlights the fact that Latin America is home to some of the oldest computerized immunization registers in the world. Also, that to date, many countries in Latin America have been working toward implementing electronic immunization registries, seeking to improve ...

Health Supply Chain Management Courses in EN/FR, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2017

Dear Colleagues, After tremendous success in November 2016, PSA is pleased to announce that we are once again bringing our training courses to Nairobi, Kenya in July 2017. This is an opportunity for you and your staff to join our highly professional and dedicated trainers for in-person training on Health Supply Chain Management in either English or French from July 10th, 2017. Health Supply Chain Management (HSCM) - Nairobi - July 2017 in English or French The objective of this course is to ...

Arrival patterns at health clinics

I was wondering if someone with experience on the subject could comment - even very generally - on daily arrival patterns of individuals (children) seeking routine immunizations (WHO-EPI vaccines) at health clinics in low and middle income countries? Are these pretty steady throughout the day or do there tend to be more arrivals at certain times of the day compared to others? Are there differences in these patterns depending on geographic location (urban, rural, etc.) and on time of the month/ye...

New case studies on SDD vaccine refrigeration projects

WHO and UNICEF have just published a new evidence brief on solar direct-drive (SDD) vaccine refrigerators and freezers. It includes case studies from Tanzania, Colombia and Kenya, as well as an overview of SDD technology and how to make sure that SDD technology is the right choice. Here's the link: http://www.who.int/immunization/documents/general/WHO_IVB_17.01 This is the document summary: “Solar direct-drive (SDD) refrigerators and freezers can be a good option for vaccine storage in areas ...

Immunization Delivery Costing: Request for Grey Literature

Dear TechNet-21 Community, ThinkWell and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) kicked off a 3-year project in September 2016 – the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) – which is an exciting complement to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s EPIC costing and financing project. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICAN aims to increase the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of evidence on the cost of delivering immunization services. As part of the project, we are embar...
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APPLY NOW - Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management on Wheels, 12-17 June 2017, Greece

Dear Colleagues, The award winning Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management on Wheels course will be held in Greece (Athens to Thessaloniki), 12-17 June 2017. The course is an experiential application of Good Distribution Practices for pharmaceuticals and vaccines. This year's course will be mentored by Dr Umit Kartoglu (WHO, Geneva), Dr Jim Vesper (LearningPlus, USA), David Ulrich (Abbvie, USA) and Alan Kennedy (Team-Up, UK). The route will take us from Athens, though Volos, Larissa, Litochoro to...

Cold room temperature mapping

Dear All: how can we conduct study of cold room temperature mapping and how to analyse the data collected?...

PharmCom Program 2017-Strathmore University Business School & Imperial Health Sciences

Greetings from Strathmore Business School and Imperial Health Sciences. Allow me to introduce to you the PharmCom Program as below: Introduction A 2 week (10 working days) Competency based training for Procurement Managers delivered by The Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore University Business School Course Objectives The Internationally recognized Pharmaceutical Commodity Supply Chain Management Program is specifically designed to equip delegates with an in-depth understanding ...
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***Save the Dates: 15th TechNet Conference will take place on 16-20 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal***

Dear TechNet Community, It’s getting close to two years since the 14th TechNet Conference where more than 260 of you joined us during the week of 11-15 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. With this two year anniversary fast approaching, some of you may be wondering: what is happening with the next TechNet Conference? We are now pleased to formally announce that the 15th TechNet Conference will take place on 16-20 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. More specifically, the venue is 30mins out of Lisbo...

Avail EarlyBird Discount_PGD in Procurement & Supply Chain Management

​​Dear ​Members, Greetings from Empower! Empower School of Health (ESH), launches the next batch of Post-graduate​ Diploma​ Course​ ​in Global​ ​Health PROCUREMENT​ ​ &​ SUPPLY​ CHAIN​ MANAGEMENT, which has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics And Transport, India (CILT)​ and​ developed in​ collaboration with Kent State University (KSU) & UNAIDS. Capacity building in PSM is one of the thrust areas of programming for profitability in public health and is an enabler for an or...

Questions & answers regarding "TST" + Job-Aid for display

Dear TechNet viewers Greetings Like many chronic diseases, whether communicable or non communicable, Tuberculosis is also an inadequately understood Vaccine Preventable Disease with frequent change in definition and treatment protocol. In the recent RNTCP quarterly review meeting, substantial gap in the operational knowledge and differences of opinion were found regarding the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) - a traditional, simple and reasonably reliable test as a diagnostic aid for the detection ...

Ice-Lined Refrigerator & Freezer

Dear Colleagues, As known that Ice-lined refrigerators are the best choice wherever there is at least 8 hours electricity a day, but what about producing ice-packs for immunization session (e.g. outreach sessions) under the same supply of electricity (=< 8hrs)? What will be the better decision to make here? maybe consider the combined icelined refrigerator/ freezer (not many options are available on WHO PQS devices catalogue) , or consider a stand- alone deep freezer for ice production (even t...

Statistical Training on Vaccination Coverage Surveys - Dakar, Senegal: 24-27 January 2017

The Global Immunization Newsletter posted this article in February 2017. I share it with you in its entirety. Participants: Persons from Immunization Programmes, National Sta-tistics Offices or Research Institutes from Gabon, Guin-ea-Bissau, Madagascar, Morocco, and Senegal; all coun-tries planning a vaccination coverage survey in 2017, with the exception of Morocco that conducts periodic health surveys that include immunization indicators. Other participants were Swiss Tropical Institute, Age...

What is the distance refrigerator should be from wall?

Dear Technet Followers: Is there a universal recommendation for the distance a refrigerator should be from the wall. I have seen 1 foot, 10cm, 300mm, and 50mm on different documents from different partners. Thanks, Carla ...

Announcing Gates and USAID joint Grand Challenges Exploration for Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains

Dear colleagues, Gates and USAID are excited to announce a new Grand Challenges Exploration for Health Supply Chains. Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries. Applicants c...

Gavi's INFUSE call for applications

Being selected as a 2016 Gavi INFUSE Pacesetter was a significant milestone for Nexleaf, and this designation has already helped us amplify our impact. We highly recommend submitting your technological innovation today! http://www.gavi.org/library/news/press-releases/2017/gavi-seeks-to-support-innovative-solutions-to-improve-vaccine-delivery/...

REMINDER Training Program: Best Practice Distribution Development 3 - 7 April 2017 Abuja

Best Practice Distribution Development Training Introduction: It is with great pleasure that the Imperial Logistics Supply Chain Academy introduce to you the 5 day program for distribution specialists. This program is provisionally booked to take place in Abuja from the 3rd to the 7th April 2017. Why should I attend this program: This program is designed by specialists in the field of Warehousing and Distribution with more than 33 years of running healthcare supply chains in Africa on behalf...

New Release of Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting Software

HLN has released a new version of its ICE Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting software (v 1.7.1.0) on February 24, 2017. As always, the most recent version of open source Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) can be downloaded from the Downloads page on the ICE wiki. This new release of ICE (v 1.7.1.0) has the following new additions & changes: Update to logic that determines when a 5th dose is recommended: (1) removed restriction that patient is born >= 1/1/2006; (2) recomm...

Digital Health: A Call for Government Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health

This report provides insights into the importance of government leadership, governance, and intragovernmental cooperation in digital health for government leaders and policy makers at the intersection of the health and ICT sectors. It draws on the experience of countries in a variety of geographic and resource settings and builds on existing digital health literature by shedding light on leadership approaches and on governance mechanisms for engaging health and ICT stakeholders. Available at: ...

OpenLMIS Releases Version 3

OpenLMIS is proud to announce the launch of OpenLMIS version 3, an open source logistics management information system (LMIS): http://openlmis.org/ The OpenLMIS community, representing a global consortium of partners including software developers, implementers and funders, collaborated on a full redesign of the OpenLMIS core software, reflecting a more flexible and responsive micro-service architecture. OpenLMIS provides an electronic solution for recording and reporting logistics information f...

Evaluating the Sure Chill Long-Term Passive Device in Senegal: Field Evaluation Report / [Evaluation de l’appareil passif à long terme Sure Chill au Sénégal: Rapport d'évaluation sur le terrain]

Hi All, PATH Senegal Office had proceeded last year a field evaluation of Sure Chill’s long-term passive device for the use of cold storage of vaccines in Senegal and provides important feedback in terms of thermal performance, end-user inputs, and perceptions at the Ministry of Health of the potential impact of the device on vaccine storage and availability in Senegal. Please find the study report by clicking on the following link: http://www.path.org/publications/detail.php?i=2706 For more ...

Guide released on cost and financing of national immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries

A new open-access tool, Immunization Financing Resource Guide, is now available for advocates, policymakers, and program managers in low- and middle-income countries. The guide includes 26 briefs, including 8 country case studies, and covers a range of topics such as evaluating the pros and cons of potential sources of financing; understanding and planning for the costs of immunization programs; assessing which vaccines to adopt; getting more value for money through improved purchasing and procu...

JSI Launches The Supply Chain Manager’s Handbook

JSI is proud to announce the launch of a new flagship publication, The Supply Chain Manager’s Handbook, this time in a new website format. Based on more than 30 years of experience improving public health supply chains in more than 60 countries, The Supply Chain Manager’s Handbook is also informed by the latest innovations and commercial best practices in managing supply chains for medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, and other essential products. It serves as the starting point for anyone intere...

Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery (AHD Conference 2017)

You are cordially invited to our upcoming conference - Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery (AHD Conference 2017), which is taking place between 12 and 14 June, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. See attached conference flyer and "call for abstracts" or visit the conference website (conference.ahdonline.org) for details.I look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Thank you. Prof Ehijie EnatoChair, AHD Conference...

Cartographie de la température de Chambres froides au Niger

Bonjour Le Niger a entrepris en 2016 avec l'aide de ses partenaires la cartographie de la température dans ses Chambres froides. Nous avons beaucoup appris de cette expérience notamment sur : - La cartographie de toutes les chambres froides qu'elles soient anciennes ou nouvelles - Le réglage de la consigne d'arrêt des unités de réfrigeration - La fiabilité du Kit Berlinger (SmartView) Nous proposons les recommandations suivantes à d'autres pays intéressés par la cartographie de température ...

Training Program: Best Practice Distribution Development

Best Practice Distribution Development Training Introduction: It is with great pleasure that the Imperial Logistics Supply Chain Academy introduce to you the 5 day program for distribution specialists. This program is provisionally booked to take place in Abuja from the 3rd to the 7th April 2017. Why should I attend this program: This program is designed by specialists in the field of Warehousing and Distribution with more than 33 years of running healthcare supply chains in Africa on beha...

Measurement of Condensation

We are working with ILRs. While daily operations, it was found that there is formation of water droplets inside the device. We want to measure the amount of condensation taking place inside the device in a day. We also tried to calculate the Dew Point Temperature but not much useful. Kindly suggest some method or way to measure the condensation. Regards Akhil...

Fun little game on herd immunity and vaccines

Just for fun Infographic + little game on herd immunity http://vax.herokuapp.com/...

TechNet website update: Normal service is resumed

Dear TechNet-21 members, Good news: the TechNet-21 website is now back online. All areas of the website should work, apart from the TechNet Resource Library which will be restored tomorrow. You may notice the occasional styling glitch, but we are working hard to iron out all of these as quickly as possible. Last week we were forced to take the website offline as a precautionary measure after it was hacked. Luckily we maintain a complete backup of the website and have now brought it back online...

A productive 2016 on Immunization Monitoring and Data Quality

Since it seems that this got lost during the TechNet-21 hack, I am reposting. This was published in the Global Immunization Newsletter, January 2017:http://www.who.int/immunization/gin/en/ Last year, we saw great data visualisations, including an animated map showing the reduction in the number of unvaccinated children overtime, and the report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) was more interactive than ever (see: dynamic graphs of GVAP indicators in TechNet-21 ). WHO country profiles and...


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