Tuesday, 14 August 2018
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Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Secretariat, we are delighted to invite your response to our survey on the use of refrigerated vehicles in immunization programmes.

Refrigerated vehicles are crucial in the delivery of life-saving vaccines. Programmes that depend on one or a small number of refrigerated vehicles may be seriously impeded if a vehicle breaks down or is unable to maintain the temperature range that is required for the safe storage of vaccines.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the performance of refrigerated vehicles that are at least three years old. This information will be used to help PQS develop standards for refrigerated vehicles that meet the needs of immunization programmes. The information you provide will be extremely valuable to WHO PQS and the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQSrefrigeratedvehicle. The survey will remain open until October 31, 2018.

Please complete this survey for each vehicle that has been in regular use for more than three years for the purpose of carrying vaccines or other temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. Please provide any available photographs where prompted in specific survey questions, by uploading photos directly to this platform.

Should you require further information on the survey, please contact the PQS Secretariat at [email protected].

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of your free-text answers.

Kind regards,

WHO PQS Secretariat

5 years ago

I wounder if refrigerated vehicles are typically included in EPI inventories? If so, this could be a useful source of information on their use, and possibly their functional state/performance. It would be great if countries that have conducted EPI inventories including refrigerated vehicles could share any insights from this in the survey.

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