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What is the recommended alarm temperature for vaccine storage

 I am setting up an alarm to indicate to high a temperature in a vaccine refrigerator.  I would appreciate it if someone could tell me the reccomended temperature and the time that  temperature must be maintained to set off the alarm?   My second question is if you what that time and temperature are based on?   Larry Schlussler       Sun Frost    ...

‘Freeze-free’ vaccine carriers – Where are they?

Three years after the freeze-free concept was reported at the September 2014 meeting of the WHO PQS Committee, the current expectation of availability remains ‘sometime next year’ and it appears that no product has passed the pre-qualification (E004/VC02-VP.1) testing yet. The current status of this product was presented at the last Technet Conference by WHO/PQS. During the resulting discussion, I noted five issues that seem to require attention: The outside dimensions and weight of the curr...

IAPHL Webinar may focus on integrated distribution of medicines and vaccines

IAPHL are debating the agenda for their next Webinar. Some are suggesting a focus on aspects of logistics integration for CD and NCD programs. For me, this is the 'Elephant-in-the-room' of future distribution strategy for country health pogrammes. Incorporating the distribution of vaccines and the fast-growing category of medicines that require cooling (i.e. insulin) and CT storage would have much to discuss, including the following three strategic issues: 1. Defining and achieving high efficie...

INVITATION - WHO Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP) Scholar Commencement Event

The World Health Organization Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP) course team invites you to join our digital (online) Commencement Event to recognize the work and celebrate the achievement of the WHO GRISP Scholars Date: 12 December 2017 Time: 14h00 (2 PM) UTC+1 Geneva (check time) Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6845807171822769665 Training ID: 502-385-612 Contact: grisp@learning.foundation During this event: Commencement speakers will ad...

FREE REGISTRATION - Indian Resource Centre for Public Health PSM - LAUNCH

Dear TechNet members, As part of the capacity building efforts, Empower has launched an Indian Resource Centre for Public Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management (PSM). The IRC’s goals are to:  create an ecosystem of professionals and organizations who are interested in public health PSM create a discussion platform for public sector, NGOs and private sector; students and professionals; donors, technical organizations and vendors create learning and development opportunities for profe...

APPLY NOW : Empower's 8th International Workshop on Quality Assurance in PSM

​​Dear TechNet Members, Greetings. We are pleased to announce that Empower School of Health (ESH), a Centre of Excellence for Global Health Supply Chain Management, is organizing 8th INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, scheduled from 29th Jan – 02nd Feb, 2018 in GOA, INDIA. The key topics being covered are: Pharmaceutical Product Quality Rational Quality Assurance System National Quality Assurance Plans and Manual Procuring Good Quality ...

Fake drugs

Here is a link to an interesting article that a colleague sent me: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/11/28/tens-thousands-dying-from-30b-fake-drugs-trade-who-says.html Basically, it reports on a study of the (potential) extent of damage from fake, adulterated or expired vaccines.  My question is more specifically whether someone has studied similar effects of losses in the WHO-EPI suite of vaccines due to supply chain problems (e.g., lack of temperature control, mistimed deliveries, wastage, e...

Standardising vaccination (immunization) cards

Dear all Please find the attached example, illustrating the grievous impact of using vaccination cards that are not compatible with the current National Immunization Schedule (NIS). As per the study conducted recently, >10% beneficiaries avail vaccination services from the private sector ranging from clinics to Medical Colleges even in the rural area. Field supervisors / monitors have easy access to such vaccination cards both at the facility level and in the field. Negative impact strikes mor...

Research proposal guidance: The knowledge & reporting pattern of AEFIs

Goodday colleagues, I am developing a post-graduate research proposal for submission in an academic institution to improve service delivery and continous quality improvement. The topic isTHE KNOWLEDGE (understanding and perception) OF & REPORTING PATTERN OF ADVERSE EVENTS FOLLOWING IMMUNIZATION (AEFIs) AMONG HEALTH-CARE WORKERS. Its a state-wide intiative and drive and may be scaled up to several other states in NIGERIA if further grants are appoved. I write to request the house to provide guid...

OpenLMIS Vaccine Module Webinar: November 30 at 8 AM PST

Dear TechNet-21 Members, Please join OpenLMIS on November 30th at 8 AM PST/ 5 PM CET/ 7 PM EAT for a webinar presenting details on the current roadmap and latest developments in the OpenLMIS v3 vaccine module. This webinar will serve as a refresher for those involved with the development of the vaccine module and a presentation of the roadmap and recently developed features for those interested in learning more about how OpenLMIS manages vaccines. Please register in advance for this webinar b...

EVM questionnaire for research purpose

Good day...i'm planning to use EVM as one of my tools to acess the vaccine management in my country in few selected primary health care centers in remote areas. Clearly my country is not using this model....is it advisable for personal research use? Im quite attracted to the scopes that the survey covers, its comprehensive. ...

Short, practical data monitoring training videos

Immunization Academy (www.immunizationacademy.com) is a new initiative sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, providing open access to short, practical training videos. The videos support a growing list of immunization topics, using WHO-approved guidance. Currently more than 40 videos on data monioring topics are available. They can be accessed and viewed by anyone working in support of immunization. The videos can be viewed by computer, tablet or smartphone, and can be downloaded for...

Role of telehealth for EPI

Greetings:   What is the potential and actual role of telehealth for EPI?   Telenetdoctor.com has designed a program that measures the monitoring and preventive care applications between physicians and patients/children.   Appreciate your reply.   Lawrence     ...

A new homepage for home-based records (HBRs) within TechNet

A new area focused on home-based records (HBRs) has been added to TechNet! This new HBR topic area, which can be accessed at https://www.technet-21.org/en/topics/home-base-records or www.homebasedrecords.org, further builds on prior sites aimed at raising awareness of HBRs as critical tool within immunization service delivery and facilitating the exchange of information on HBR design. Presently, around 360 HBRs have been entered into the system from 158 countries. The exchange of HBR design ide...

Acting locally for achieving globally – HBR for the private sector – INDIA

Dear viewers  For some long standing problems, solution can be very siimple - we have to just do it. For saving the children from the lethal Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs), they are to be vaccinated timely, with all the vaccines included in the National Immunization Schedule (NIS) and also optional vaccines applicable to the country. In India, for attaining Full Immunization (FIC), a child has to receive one dose of BCG, 3 doses of DPT (now included in Pentavalent), 3 doses of bOPV other...

BID Initiative's total cost of ownership study: The importance of costing data for building sustainable electronic immunization systems

Electronic immunization registries (EIRs) and other immunization information systems can be powerful tools, but in order to achieve their long-term sustainability, countries and governments must understand the financial investment to develop, implement, and sustain such tools as the BID Initiative's EIRs in Tanzania and Zambia. This sort of costing information helps countries budget for and plan for expansion.  Learn more about BID's total cost of ownership (TCO) tool in this recent Q&A with ou...

New App of "The Vaccine Handbook" is available

A new app of The Vaccine Handbook is now available from the Immunization Action Coalition. The free app, which is available for Apple iPhones and iPads only, contains the complete 2017 (6th) edition of The Vaccine Handbook (“The Purple Book”), by Dr. Gary Marshall, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville. The app is fully searchable, with functionality that includes bookmarking, highlighting, user annotation, and links to...

CDC publishes report on progress in childhood vaccination data in immunization information systems

CDC published Progress in Childhood Vaccination Data in Immunization Information Systems—United States, 2013–2016 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6643a4-H.pdf) in the November 3 issue of MMWR (pages 1178–81). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below. IISs [Immunization Information Systems] are computerized, population-based systems that consolidate vaccination data from providers for clinical and public health use. Data from 2013–2016 were analyzed to assess progr...

Editorial from EPI Monthly Feedback Bulletin from AFRO East and South (August-October 2017): The use of innovations (ODK) supporting country level Integrated Supportive Supervision real time documentation.

As part of the WHO African region efforts to improve immunization and surveillance performances in terms of quality, effectiveness, efficiency, coverage and equity and in order to strengthen the capacity of policy makers and health providers in countries, there is a need for accurate data in order to gauge the effectiveness of existing policies and programs in health care system to make it more accessible and reliable. Guided by the WHO regional office, the IVD cluster of the Inter-country Supp...

Scaling up of the Informed Push Model Project (IPM) in Senegal

The IPM Project (funded by the Gates Foundation and "MSD for Mothers" - Merck - and implemented by the Senegalese Ministry of Health with technical support from Intrahealth International) managed to cross the "Death Valley" where many projects die after successful pilot phases. Indeed, since October 1, 2017 it is no longer Intrahealth that implements IPM but rather the National Supply Pharmacy (PNA) of Senegal! The struggle lasted 5 years, i.e. two years longer than expected. The horizontal scal...

True cases occurring in tertiary care centre’s - generating hidden immunization gap

Dear viewers  All of us are witnessing rapid multidimensional growth of routine immunization in the current decade. Keeping pace with the rapidly expanding / frequently changing schedule itself is a challenge faced by the service providers, more so in the private sector. Pilot study revealed dangerously poor operational knowledge among the Medicos who are the current and would-be programme managers at various levels. This is conspicuously accentuated by the absence of an uniform vaccination sc...

HLN Releases Version 1.9.1.0 of its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

A new release (v 1.9.1.0) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE v 1.9.1.0). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Persona The release includes the following changes: l Health Record (PHR) Systems. Added support for Meningococcal B. Support for Meningococcal B has been added as a new vac...

Interesting articles related to ICT and Data on PAHO newsletter

PAHO have released a few interesting articles on ICT and Data in their Immunization Newsletter. Please see attached for further reading....

IAC updates “Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration,” a 3-page resource to help assess skills in administering vaccines

IAC recently updated its 3-page resource, Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration, a tool to help assess staff members' and your own skills in administering vaccines. This resource, which is adapted from the California Department of Public Health's Immunization Branch, has been fully updated with many changes. Related Links IAC's Administering Vaccines Handouts web page The DVD, “Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults” available for order at www.immun...

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance World Health Organization, 2017 ISBN: 978-92-4-151265-7 The WHO Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance is the first international framework of its kind, it fills an important gap. The goal of the guideline development project was to help policymakers and practitioners navigate the ethical issues presented by public health surveillance. This document outlines 17 ethical guidelines that can assist everyone involv...

2016 immunization data now available from your “Immunization Summaries” App

The Immunization Summary app, which is  great tool initiated by Olivier Beauvais, is now updated and includes data up to 2016. Using the app will  allow you accessing immunization data in a dynamic way, by  generating  visuals (tables, graphs, maps) on schedules, on a selected set of vaccine preventable diseases incidence data, on immunization coverage levels and on various programmatic and systemic indicators (related to policies, activities, management, performance,…). You can download the vi...

Observance of "WORLD POLIO DAY"

Dear all  We wish to share the activity held in our college (KVG Medical College & Hospiatal) on 24 October 2017 with the readers.  On 24th October 2017, Rotary - Sullia branch in collaboration with KVG Medical College Hospital & IMA Sullia observed “World Polio Day”. Dr K.V. Chidananda, Medical Director, being a Surgeon is a strong supporter of all National Health Programmes, especially Immunization, Polio Eradication, MR campaigns. Rtn. Dr Sudhakar Bhat, a senior Psychiatrist, highlighted ...

For the first time, WHO is publishing immunization coverage data at the subnational level reported by 140 Member States worldwide.

Data for over 20 000 subnational entities were received, which represents about two-thirds of all the surviving infants worldwide. The information is essential for countries to target their efforts to address gaps and increase immunization coverage. By visiting our website ( http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/data/subnational/en/) you will be able to access a summary presentation of the data received, information on the limitations of the data and some country specific visu...

Temperature monitoring devices and Thermostat for vaccine refrigeration system

Dear Technet members, I would like to share my thoughts on the temperature monitoring devices and thermostal for vaccine refrigeration system. In the early days of EPI, temperature of the refrigerator was measured and displayed by a simple analogue thermometer which was either a bi-metal or stem type alcohol thermometer.  Twice daily the health worker records these temperature on the temperature monitoring sheet and posted on the door of the fridge.  Filled temperature records are collected, k...

A quick reminder about sustained levels of estimated coverage…the number of children vaccinated is increasing!

Following the July 2017 release of the WHO and UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage and the corresponding chorus of concerns about sustained (i.e., a more positive alternative to the term “stagnated” that is frequently used) levels of vaccination coverage since around 2010 that seems to follow, I thought it useful to remind readers that the number of children vaccinated is increasing! Unfortunately, the number of children vaccinated from one year to the next during the recent perio...

A Feedback for Feedforward - Interim report

Dear viewers We have already shared about our preparation for succesfully operating Intensified Mission Indradhanush in an Urban area. Data of two session sites of one sub-centre is analyzed and we wish to share as a feedback / interim report. India is known for unity in diversity. Potentially ~9 million session sites including good performing area are also need to maintain a very high coverage to prevent the sporadic outbreaks. SF Kammar - Junior HA (F) and her colleagues completed the first ...

Not coming to the conference? Watch online

Dear TechNet community, The 15th TechNet Conference will take place next week in Cascais, Portugal. All plenary sessions will be streamed on the TechNet-21 channel on YouTube, so if you are not attending in person you can still participate remotely. https://www.youtube.com/user/TechNet21 Please use this link if you want to watch the plenary sessions live. We encourage you to submit questions to presenters by using the "Comments" box displayed underneath the video. You can also watch recording...


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