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Project Last Mile LCO2/Dry Ice Supply Feasibility Assessment for UCC vaccine storage/distribution in 70 Countries

Project Last Mile (PLM) is an innovative public-private partnership launched in 2010 between The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USA

UNDP Roster of Expert Consultants for Supply Chain Management - COVID 19 Vaccines / Immunization Programme

UNDP is seeking experts and senior experts with experience is vaccine supply chains and immunization programs for their roster of procurement and supply chain (PSM) consultants. Based on country de

Seeking Feedback

Hello everyone, I'm a design engineering student working on designing and producing a new powered vaccine carrier, and I was hoping to get some information and feedback from those of you wh

Gavi Releases Immunisation Supply Chain Software Standards

The Gavi Secretariat has released a global  standards document for immunisation supply chain (iSC) information systems.  A hallmark of effective supply chains is end-to-end (E2E) visibili

Does your immunization programme use refrigerated vehicles to deliver vaccines?

Good morning, If your immunization programme uses a refrigerated vehicle WHO needs your insights and experience to help guide and improve the standards of these vehicles. Take this

SPOTLIGHT: Partnership with Red Cross in Lebanon for Off-grid solar generator with lithium battery storage backpack

Green Energy Limited has developed an off-grid solar generator with lithium battery storage backpack. It is designed to provide continuous off-grid electricity to refugees, disaster victims, medic

Invitation to the Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery (AHD Conference) 2018, Abuja, Nigeria, June 25-27

Dear Colleagues, You are cordially invited to the Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery (AHD Conference) 2018, which is to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, June 25-27. The theme of the confere

Off-Grid Portable Vaccine Refrigeration

I am developing an off-grid backpack with an inbuilt removal battery powered (8hrs) portable refrigerator that is approx 1.5 litre in size and can transport 2 blood bags. The off-grid backpack has

JSI White Paper on UAVs: What should you deliver by unmanned aerial systems?

Cross-posted from the JSI website with thanks! inSupply, JSI’s regional supply chain consulting center in East Africa, in partnership with Llamasoft and the Nichols Group, recently

Les inscriptions pour la formation en Logistique de Vaccination sont ouvertes

Le Centre LOGIVAC organise la 3è édition de la formation en Logistique de Vaccination, du 09 avril au 04 mai 2018. Les dossiers d’inscription seront reçus jusqu’au 24 mar

A tool to guide the process of planning the cold chain capacity. It aims to estimate the required cold chain capacity at each level and facility, while planning for or expecting significant changes in the national immunization programme, i.e....

The site contains a range of tools and guidelines that include the following: Setting a standard for the vaccine supply chain, EVM background and training resources, EVM Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), EVM assessment tools and user guides,...

COVID-19 vaccine delivery has begun in many low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) and many countries will be looking to scale as more vaccines arrive. The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is distinct due to limited vaccine availability,...

During the session, we will not only learn about how UPS is currently contributing to making the global, regional and local supply chains capable and ready to deliver future Covid19 vaccines, but also discuss the future of logistics where the...

Overview of guide to promote equitable health product access through supply chain design for under-served populations: urban poor, remote or rural communities, migrants, and people in conflict or security-compromised areas. See related resource...

Ensuring that health products are available and accessible for everyone is a critical part of primary health care, and essential to achieving universal health coverage. With new disease outbreaks, like COVID-19, this is even more important for...

Well-performing supply chains play a fundamental role in improving access to lifesaving products for all, and are a critical part of the COVID-19 response. However, supply chains can be a weak point in the system, and often are stretched beyond...

This case study describes the impact of changing to 5-dose measles containing vaccine in Zambia with improved coverage, lower wastage rate and no cold chain constraints.

This case study describes the process of integrating vaccines into the Ethiopia Pharmaceuticals Supply Agency and lessons learned through this process.

This webinar focused on building an LMIS for vaccine supply in Nigeria with an aim to acquiring a simple but impactful system. The speakers shared the stepwise approach they undertook and how they redesigned their system, adopting automation where...

Resilient, high-performing immunization supply chains (iSCs) are the basis for strong primary health care systems and the foundation for reaching global immunization coverage and equity targets. Yet efficient and reliable transportation for...

VillageReach documents how supply chain design increased access to vaccines in Equateur province, DRC. An independent study conducted by Acasus in July 2018 verified that average monthly consumption of vaccine doses increased 22 percent in the three...

This is a global standards document for immunisation supply chain (iSC) information systems. The objectives of this Target Software Standards (TSS) are to ensure countries have access to: 1. Best-in-Class digital LMIS that meet the unique needs...

Due to inefficient distribution practices, the MoH conducted a network optimization analysis and identified the lowest-cost supply chain network for distribution from regional hubs to districts (woredas).

WHO Vaccine Management Handbook: How to use passive containers and coolant-packs for vaccine transport and outreach operations. WHO IVB 15.03

BACKGROUND: Immunizations are considered the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions employed today. While immunization coverage in India has improved dramatically in the last decade, areas of very low coverage persist. The...

Due to their thermosensitivity, most vaccines must be kept refrigerated from production to use. To successfully carry out global immunization programs, ensuring the stability of vaccines is crucial. In this context, two important issues are...

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent and/or control the outbreak of infectious diseases. This medical intervention also brings about many logistical questions. In the past years, the Operations Research/Operations Management...

Over the past decade, several countries across all regions, income groups and procurement methods have been unable to secure sufficient BCG vaccine supply. While the frequency of stock-outs has remained rather stable, duration increased in...

Key Points:  CDC recommends that practices maintain a calibrated, temperature monitoring device (data logger) and manually record temperatures in each unit containing Vaccines For Children (VFC) vaccines. This should be done twice daily. ...

Vaccines are biological products and their efficacy is affected by storage conditions. They are vital in promoting public health. Failures in immunization programmes often times are blamed on disruption in vaccine cold-chain. This study assessed the...

Although effective rabies virus vaccines have been existing for decades, each year, rabies virus infections still cause around 50.000 fatalities worldwide. Most of these cases occur in developing countries, where these vaccines are not available....

This document summarises the current state of the country’s immunisation supply chain and how additional value and efficiency can be achieved. It specifically examines overall costs, health worker time, and resources spent to collect vaccines, as...

Persistent gaps in the availability of essential medicines have slowed the achievement of global health targets. Despite the supply chain knowledge and expertise that ministries of health might glean from other industries, limited empirical research...

The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is used to ensure specific medicines are safely stored within a narrow temperature range in line with manufacturers\' instructions; this is usually between +2˚C...

Cool water packs are a useful alternative to ice packs for preventing unintentional freezing of vaccines during outreach in some situations. Current guidelines recommend the use of a separate refrigerator for cooling water packs from ambient...

INTRODUCTION: The quality of vaccines is critical for good immunization outcomes. It is dependent on the effectiveness of technical and logistics management system put in place. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of vaccine management and...

While the focus of many in the vaccine world has been on developing new vaccines and measuring their effects on humans, failure to understand and properly address vaccine supply chain issues can greatly reduce the impact of any vaccine. Therefore,...

INTRODUCTION: In recent years, demand to improve child immunization coverage globally, and the development of the latest vaccines and technology has made the vaccine market very complex. The rise in such complexities often gives birth to numerous...

BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: The principles of „cold chain” have been developed for the safe transport and storage of vaccines because of their sensitivity to temperature and are guidelines for use in all countries. Available information on...

Previous research has integrated multi-echelon inventory management into the design of a responsive supply chain by the use of the guaranteed service approach. We build further upon this work by integrating the production capacity and product flow...

Monovalent Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB) is heat stable, making it suitable for storage outside cold chain (OCC) at 37 °C for 1 month. We conducted an OCC project in the Solomon Islands to determine the feasibility of and barriers to national...

OBJECTIVE: To prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), WHO recommends that the first dose of hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine be given within 24 hours after birth. This presents a challenge in remote areas with limited cold-chain...

The World Health Organization (WHO) document, Guidelines on the international packaging and shipping of vaccines, has been one of the most widely used manuals in the field of immunization. It is referenced by UNICEF and PAHO in all their invitations...

Immunization programs require, among other components, a dependable and efficient supply chain system to deliver vaccines and related supplies. An indispensable part of this system is sufficient numbers of personnel with the knowledge and skills to...

Oral polio vaccine (OPV) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) have distinct advantages and limitations. IPV does not provide mucosal immunity and introduction of IPV to mitigate consequences of circulating vaccine-derived polio virus from OPV has...

Background: We assessed programmatic adaptations and infants\' uptake of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) after its introduction into the routine immunization schedule in Bangladesh. Methods: Using convenience and probability sampling, we...

Background: Introduction of inactivated polio vaccine creates challenges in maintaining the cold chain for vaccine storage and distribution. Methods. We evaluated the cold chain in 23 health facilities and 36 outreach vaccination sessions in 8...

The number of vaccines available to low-income countries has increased dramatically over the last decade. Overall infant immunization coverage in the WHO African region has stagnated in the past few years while countries\' ability to maintain high...

As of May 2017, two medical laboratory scientists employed by the Sokoto State Government, jointly trained by the University of Nebraska Medical Centre and eHA are operating the lab. During the 2017 outbreak, the lab tested almost 450 cerebrospinal...

India’s full immunisation coverage for infants is 61%. The availability of quality vaccines at session sites is a contributor to low coverage. Weaknesses in the current supply chain include lack of stock visibility, poor distribution planning, and...

As countries expand immunisation programmes to include new vaccines and ensure increased coverage and equity, existing and potential constraints exist within the supply chain systems to manage an estimated four-fold increase in vaccine volume per...

Introduction: an increasing trend of routine immunization performance has generally been observed over the past decade in Ethiopia. However, the improvement is irregular with wide disparity among and within regions. This study analyzes health...

Background: Since 2010, numerous new technologies have entered the immunization cold chain equipment market. The World Health Organization (WHO) Immunization Devices Programme—Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS)—has played a key role in...

A high level of concern is placed on the storage, handling, transportation, and distribution of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products, particularly those that are time and temperature sensitive. While active and passive cooling equipment and...

While a number of new vaccines have been rolled out across the developing world (with more vaccines in the pipeline), cold chain systems are struggling to efficiently support national immunization programs in ensuring the availability of safe and...

Background: Gavi recommends solar refrigerators for vaccine storage in areas with less than eight hours of electricity per day, and WHO guidelines are more conservative. The question remains: Can solar refrigerators provide value where electrical...

This commentary presents a number of the current projects and initiatives seeking to develop the next generation of health supply chain professionals and calls for increased engagement with country governments to further support systematic...

One way to strengthen immunization supply chains is to expand the use of vaccines in a controlled temperature chain (CTC). A method for increasing vaccine access and coverage, especially among hard-to-reach populations, CTC permits certain vaccines...

Before 2013, Senegal public health supply system was pull-based and fully public-run. Lengthy and recurrent stockouts of essential health products (incl. contraceptives) were the rule, not the exception as they used to strike more than 80% of public...

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