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POST 00975E : VVM USE / CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS Follow-up on Posts 00960E, 00962E, 00964E, 00970E and 00973E 16 September 2006 _____________________________________ The message below from Ãœmit Kartoglu (mailto:[email protected]) is self-explanatory. At an appropriate time, a webpage will be added to our site. Those who will not have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in any location will still have a glimpse of the event. _____________________________________ SUBJECT: WHO calls for photographs from the field with VVMs Dear TechNet readers, I read with great pleasure the very first posting of this discussion (5 August 2006, Post 00960E) on how vaccines were saved with the use of VVMs in Indonesia following an earthquake disaster. Really a great story!.. I would like to announce a WHO initiative that will be launched in April 2007 in Geneva to mark the 10th year anniversary of VVM introduction. I personally remember the very first shipment of OPV with VVMs that we received in 1996 in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Stephane Guichard and myself were with UNICEF those days)... It has been 10 years... 10 successful years so that VVMs appear today on all vaccines... We have many success stories... some written... some only told... There is also a long history of VVM development that takes us way back to 1979... when the VVM concept was conceived by WHO. Since that day, many individuals, organizations, institutions and industry members worked very hard to make this vision come true... WHO will be organizing a celebration event in April 2007 to mark the 10th year of implementation of Vaccine Vial Monitors in immunization programmes. One of the activities for this event will be a photography exhibition to take visitors and viewers to the field reality. We are looking for photographs of immunization activities starting from the arrival of vaccines in the country till the point of use (actual immunization session) in which VVMs are visible. Photographs of training sessions on VVMs are also welcome. If you have any such photographs with visible VVMs, please send them in electronic format (jpg and/or tif) to Dr. Umit Kartoglu (mailto:[email protected]) before 30 November 2006. It is preferred that we receive high resolution images since photographs will be printed and exhibited in A3 format size (420x297mm) and will be used in various publications. Even if you do not have a higher resolution, you still may send your photographs, they may be used in other media if appropriate. When you send your photographs, please clearly indicate your full name, open mailing address, telephone number, the place and time the photograph was taken, and suggested caption. The exhibitions from this Geneva event will then move to different locations within the 10th year celebration series of events... yet to be announced. Looking forward to receiving your contributions... Cheers, Dr. Umit Kartoglu, Scientist FCH/IVB/QSS, Room M213 World Health Organization, Switzerland ______________________________________________________________________________ All members of the TechNet21 e-Forum are invited to send comments on any posting or to use the forum to raise a new discussion or request technical information in relation to immunization services. The comments made in this forum are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not in any way mean that they are endorsed by any of the organizations and agencies to which the authors may belong. ______________________________________________________________________________ Visit the TECHNET21 Website at You will find instructions to subscribe, a direct access to archives, links to reference documents and other features. ______________________________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to : mailto:[email protected] Leave the subject area BLANK In the message body, write unsubscribe TECHNET21E ______________________________________________________________________________ The World Health Organization and UNICEF support TechNet21. The TechNet21 e-Forum is a communication/information tool for generation of ideas on how to improve immunization services. It is moderated by Claude Letarte and is hosted in cooperation with the Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement, Québec, Canada ( ______________________________________________________________________________

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