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 the app were revamped to include more information and graphs. In October 2016, partners gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, at the “Meeting on Improving the Availability, Quality and Use of Immunization Data at all levels” to agree on the WHO/UNICEF Join Reporting Form and to jointly discuss strategies for improving the quality and use of immunization data, and to discuss ways to collaborate across partners to reach common data quality objectives. A framework to think about Systems and Data Quality was proposed and presented in meetings organized by the African and the Eastern Mediterranean Regions, it is illustrated here
In 2016, the Health Data Collaborative was also launched, representing an important opportunity to coordinate our work on immunization data with the broader health data and M&E agenda.
From WHO/HQ, draft guidance on information systems assessment and data desk review, field data quality reviews and data quality improvement plan (DQIP… a new acronym to remember) was drafted and circulated for feedback, and should be ready in 2017. Also, work on vaccination coverage surveys took place with a training for statisticians and several surveys starting to use the new WHO Vaccination Coverage Survey Manual; all or some of the recommendations. Vaccination survey tools, resources and guidance were also added to TechNet-21. Along with implementing quality surveys, dialog is ongoing on defining when is worth investing in a survey and when other methods can be used to inform decision-making. Finally, the working group on home-based records (HBR) continued to work towards ensuring that HBRs are of quality and available in the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity in countries. JSI was engaged in the redesign and promotion of HBRs in Ethiopia and Madagascar; and those experiences and lesson learned are highlighted in two case studies. An updated map with the estimated prevalence of home-based vaccination cards – from DHS and MICS surveys – was produced and an article on reported HBR stock-outs was just published. The WHO webpage on HBRs with all these resources is available at http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/routine/homebasedrecords/en/.