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]
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
If you have any such photographs with visible VVMs, please send them in
electronic format (jpg and/or tif) to Dr. Umit Kartoglu
) 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...
Dr. Umit Kartoglu,
FCH/IVB/QSS, Room M213
World Health Organization,
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