Dear TechNet Members,
First and foremost, let me wish you all a Happy New Year and extend my best wishes for a successful and productive 2016.
One of the TechNet achievements of 2015 was the organization of the 14th edition of the face to face conference of TechNet members and the wider community of practice. This took place between 11-15 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand on the theme of: “Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics: Current Challenges, Innovations and Future Prospects”. This was the first TechNet conference organized by WHO and UNICEF under the auspices of the Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics Hub; supported by a planning committee including members from JSI, PATH, People that Deliver and Gavi, and resourced with generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Over 250 participants joined the 5 day event and is a real testimony to the growing network of professionals and practitioners that make up the TechNet Community and a testimony to the importance of the topic that was covered. As such, a 14th TechNet Conference Report was prepared and is attached for your reading or viewing pleasure. The report is fairly long but we deliberately wanted to make it comprehensive for those of you that were unable to join and so that it serves a as a reference document on immunization supply chain to capture the discussions in priorities in 2015. In addition, all presentations, video recordings of morning sessions, posters and photos of the conference are available on the TechNet website on the following page:
Given the importance and breadths of these topics, and the feedback provided during the survey, the 15th TechNet Conference in 2017 will continue to cover the theme of immunization supply chain and logistics. The next region to host the TechNet will be the WHO European Regional Office (EURO). While the exact location has yet to be decided on, a country in EURO will be hosting the next conference. More information on this will be shared in due course.
Until then, please continue to be active on the TechNet-21.org website and e-forum. You can also follow the Twitter feed to keep in touch (https://twitter.com/TechNet21Mod)