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This forum provides a place for members to ask questions, share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.

TechNet-21 - Forum

This forum provides a place for members to ask questions, share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.

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SDD freezers that maintain -10C and below

Hello, I am brand new to TechNet-21 so this will be my first posting.  I am trying to find an SDD (Solar Direct Drive) freezer which will maintain -10C and below. The product I need to store in Nigeria is surfactant (injected into the lungs of premature babies with collapsed lungs to give them life) which must be kept at that cold temperature to maintain a shelf life of 3 years. The electricity supply throughout the country in Nigeria is erratic and undependable, thus I would like to install a...

Happy New Year from the TechNet-21 team

Dear TechNeters, On behalf of the TechNet-21 team, I would like to wish you all a happy new year! May 2019 bring  joy, health to everyone and keep increasing immunization coverage and decreasing under-5 mortality.  "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year"  Ralph Emerson I will leave my moderator/community manager seat to a great person who will serve our community with dedication and professionalism - not disclosing the name though, watch this space for an announcem...

Call for examples of country materials on VVM

Dear colleagues, I am working on a new book project on VVM. I would like to include examples of the following and shall be grateful if you could kindly contact me. Your help is much appreciated! If you have any of the following, besides sending the material, I'd appreciate it if you could kindly explain and give a short background on the material you are sending (especially for photographs - where it was taken, when it was taken, what is the event, and who is the photographer) Please reply t...

Stemming the Tide of Counterfeit Proof of Vaccination

Recent reports [1] of counterfeit yellow fever vaccination certificates in Zambia follow reports of falsified proof of vaccination documents being used in other countries, including Ethiopia [2], India [3], Nigeria [4], Pakistan [5], Sudan [6], Uganda [7], Tanzania [8] and Zimbabwe [9]. While the World Health Organization (WHO) published guidelines in 1999 [10] to support countries in developing measures to combat counterfeit pharmaceutical products and issued a report in 2017 [11] highlighting ...

New Materials - Practical guidance to do a vaccination coverage survey

New materials are available on the "Coverage Surveys" page of TechNet-21 (https://www.technet-21.org/en/topics/vaccination-coverage-surveys) on the "17 Steps to do a Coverage Survey". This collection contains a series of documents & presentations outlining the basic steps of a vaccination coverage survey, as well as some presentations on commonly asked questions and variations on a coverage survey. This also contains links to resources (templates, models, examples, etc). This link takes you to...

Is it possible to achieve and sustain >90% FIC and Booster by 2020?

Dear viewers, A merry Christmas and a Happy new year 2019! On Christmas Eve of 2012, we shared the first write up on Immunogram as “Xmas gift”. Today, 6 years later, we wish to share it again because it can potentially achieve and sustain ≥90% Full Immunization Coverage (FIC) below one year and booster between 16 & 24 months as a package - see the attached one pager. Hope governments and other stakeholders will take up the success story for replication in a wider area. best wishes n happy rea...

New articles: The BID Initiative featured in MMS Bulletin #148 "Digital Health - A Blessing or Curse for Global Health?"

The BID Initiative is featured in the most recent issue (December 2018) of the MMS Bulletin #148 "Digital Health - A Blessing or Curse for Global Health." "Marrying engineering with health policy to bring digital health to scale," by Steven C. Uggowitzer, Sima C. Newell, Dykki Settle, Alice Liu and David J. Hagan.  Just as medical doctors take the Hippocratic Oath as they graduate into their profession, so do many engineers solemnly promise to carry out work to the highest quality, recognizi...

Breakthrough? USC researchers have developed a new polio vaccine that doesn't require refrigeration

Hi TechNeters! It was brought to my attention by one of you that USC researchers have developed a new polio vaccine that doesn't require refrigeration. Check out here: https://news.usc.edu/151694/polio-vaccine-breakthrough-brings-researchers-closer-to-eliminating-disease-worldwide/ "By removing moisture through freeze-drying, researchers have created temperature-stable vaccines for measles, typhoid and meningococcal disease. But scientists haven’t been able to make a polio vaccine that retain...

A year since TechNet met.. news of 'scale-up' ?

So, where are we now? More than a year has passed since the last TechNet-21 meeting! We have a year ahead of us before the next meeting! As time races by, I feel the need to know more about progress that is being made with the many new initiatives that were described by countries and organisations towards scaling up for maximum impact in the shortest time. Presentations in 2017 focused on demonstrations and pilot projects designed to advance the science of cold chain technologies, monitoring ...

UNICEF/WHO guidance on Decommissioning and safe disposal of CCE now available in ARABIC and RUSSIAN

Dear TechNet-21 community, Further to the publication of the English and French versions of the Decommissioning and safe disposal of cold chain equipment guidance earlier this year (available here https://bit.ly/2xTLDYa), we are glad to share with you that the Arabic and Russian versions of the document are now available in the TechNet-21 Resource Library. To access these documents, please click on the following links:1. For the Arabic version:  https://www.technet-21.org/library/explore/cold-...

JUST RELEASED: Rotavirus Surveillance, Safety and Economic Data before Vaccine Introduction: a Global Perspective from the World Health Organization Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network

A new issue of Vaccine is now available: Rotavirus Surveillance, Safety and Economic Data before Vaccine Introduction: a Global Perspective from the World Health Organization Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network  Edited by Adam L. Cohen, Negar Aliabadi, Fatima Serhan, Jacqueline E. Tate, Patrick Zuber, Umesh D. Parashar This can be accessed from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/vaccine/vol/36/issue/51?dgcid=raven_sd_via_email...

JUST RELEASED: Book Chapter on Information Systems for EPI (with special section on Electronic Immunization Registries)

A textbook from lectures we used to give at the “Ciro de Quadros Vaccinology Course for Latin America” just got published by the Sabin Institute: https://www.sabin.org/programs/training-education/vaccinology-book. The book is available in English and Spanish. My chapter on information systems for EPI (part of section 3) is attached....

Handbook on designing and implementing an immunisation information system - European Centre For Disease Prevention and Control

Hereby to share a new resource on IIS produced by the Vaccine-preventable diseases at ECDC in collaboration with partners globally: Designing and implementing an immunisation information system. A handbook for those involved in the design, implementation or management of immunisation information systems https://www.technet-21.org/en/library/explore/immunization-information-systems-coverage-monitoring/5027-handbook-designing-and-implementing-an-immunisation-information-system We would like to ...

New Article: Expenditures on vaccine-preventable disease surveillance: Analysis and evaluation of comprehensive multi-year plans (cMYPs) for immunization.

A new article Expenditures on vaccine-preventable disease surveillance: Analysis and evaluation of comprehensive multi-year plans (cMYPs) for immunization, recently published,  is available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30236633...

New article available on considerations for electronic immunization registries in Africa.

The article Considerations for the development and implementation of electronic immunization registries in Africa, published this year, can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30344865...

External evaluation results of the Smart Paper Technology Solution in The Gambia

Herein lies the external evaluation results of the Smart Paper Technology Solution (aka MyChild Solution) in The Gambia which has assessed data quality, efficiency gains, operational costs, and the users’ experiences and perceptions associated with the intervention. In 2017, Shifo Foundation (Shifo), the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MoH&SW) of The Gambia, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Action Aid International The Gambia, IKARE, Swedish Postcode Foundation, and Jochnick Foundation started ...

"GO AUTHENTIC: ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT LEARNING" is now available for free download

The underground classic that explains how authentic activities help learners explore, discuss, and meaningfully construct new knowledge, GO AUTHENTIC: ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT LEARNING is now available for free download. When Risintha from Sri Lanka told me that he would never be the same again because he had discovered a life beyond PowerPoint, I thought that I had to share our approach to creating transformational value through authentic learning. The course activities that I share in this bo...

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) visibility of supply and demand data that are used to make decisions and take effective action. For immunisation programmes, a critical success factor is access to accurate, complete and timely data on vaccine utilisation and distribution, the performance and deployment of cold chain equipment (CCE), and the routine us...

HR Country Support Package for Immunization SC Managers

The HR Country Support Package for Immunization SC Managers is available!The success of immunization systems in countries through the past decades can be attributed to a large extent, to the supply chain and logistics system. This system is one of the backbones of national immunization programmes (EPI) that strives to ensure the uninterrupted availability of quality vaccines and devices, from the national level through to the service delivery points in rural and remote areas. By 2020, countries ...

People that Deliver Launches a New Resource for Health Supply Chain Practitioners: the Human Resources for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change

People that Deliver Launches a New Resource for Health Supply Chain Practitioners: the Human Resources for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change Like all chains, supply chains are no stronger than their weakest link. Although hundreds of millions of dollars in commodities flow through the health supply chain (SC) system, the critical, strategic function of the supply chain within health systems is rarely acknowledged—and the SC workforce seldom has the right technical and managerial competen...

Article reporting updated global coverage estimates recently published

New article on "Global Routine Vaccination Coverage - 2017" was recently published in the CDC MMWR. Article can be accessed here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6745a2.htm?s_cid=mm6745a2_e...

"Dream Realized" Celebration of EuVac Baby Award Ceremony: 14 Nov 2018

Dear viewers, As announced earlier in August 2018, the author with the help of his team could realize his dream and celebrated “EuVac Baby Award Ceremony” today in KVG Medical College Hospital. Dr KV Chidananda, Medical Director, iterated that parents have very crucial role in getting their children vaccinated timely and completely. Many parents are vaccinating their children more close to the schedule than in the previous decades. This is a welcome step, depicting more awareness among the ben...

Once in a Blue Moon

Dear viewers “Once in a Blue Moon” is a short half-page story of a true event that occurred on World Immunization day the 10th November - of which Baby Greeshma, born on 26th August 2018, is the main character.This story can easily explain the dynamics of an outreach session, various components of RI programme required for successful implementation. Hope the viewers will enjoy the short story. Best wishes Holla & Team       ...

“Rare but not uncommon”

Dear esteemed viewers, ANM Mrs Chandrakala KM, AWW Mrs Indiravathi and ASHA Mrs Saraswathi K are the 3 ‘A’ces working in Health Sub-Centre Baddadka of planning unit Aranathodu of Sullia Block of Dakshinakannada District, Karnataka State, India. The entire planning unit – PHC Aranthodu will cross >90% coverage including booster dose by 2018 itself. The attached one page write-up describes a very rare event, though not uncommon in RI programmes hence thought of sharing with the viewers on this o...

PAHO has released a new Article: Improving immunization data quality in Peru and Mexico: Two case studies highlighting challenges and lessons learned

PAHO has released a new Article: Improving immunization data quality in Peru and Mexico: Two case studies highlighting challenges and lessons learned. Available here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X18314701?via%3Dihub Abstract Introduction The Global Vaccine Action Plan and the Regional Immunization Action Plan of the Americas call for countries to improve immunization data quality. Immunization information systems, particularly electronic immunization registries (...

A Snapshot on the 4th session of Logivac Training on Supply Chain Management

National vaccine logistics systems, originally designed in the 1980s, are today confronted to a real revolution in the following aspects: Broader range of vaccines and greater diversity of service delivery strategies Solarization and digitization of the supply chain: CCEOP, remote temperature monitoring, etc. Integration of products from other health programs and supply chain streamlining. To address the growing complexity of their supply chains, EPI and other public health programs need...

Together, developing quality, reliable immunization products that meet every need

  The WHO PQS product feedback cycle Did you know that at the heart of WHO Performance, Quality & Safety (PQS) is a crucial performance monitoring and feedback mechanism? This mechanism makes it possible for PQS to enforce and improve product standards and make sure that products and devices procured for use in immunization programmes are suitable, quality and reliable. This cycle of feedback and improvement is powered by the input of EPI programmes and product manufacturers. In-field insights...

Sharing for Caring

Dear esteemed viewers On the eve of Karnataka State Raising day (Kannada Rajyotsva), KVG team wishes to share the attached for caring the children of Karnataka and beyond. India is committed: - baby Rukhsar was the last case of Poliomyelitis due to wild polio virus in Jan 2011, - it got the certification of Polio Eradication in March 2014 for which entire world congratulated the country. Karnataka is even more committed, and had the last case of polio due to wild virus in Nov 2007. Sustenan...

Sunday - Longer than Monday

Dear viewers, Greetings from KVG team. India launched Mission Indradhanush on 25th Dec 2014 to achieve >90% full immunization coverage (FIC) by 2020; it was intensified in October 2017 and the timeline was advanced to 2018 by the Honorable Prime Minister of India -- a silver line in the RI programme. We had an internal departmental discussion on the duelist of 12 HSCs of recently attached Primary Health Centre (PHC) who have completed 2 rounds of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) in Aug ...

We are hiring!

TechNet-21 is looking for talented people to join the team. The following roles are currently being advertised: Website community manager, full-time, 12 months from January-December 2019 Website administrator and develop, full-time, 12 months from January-December 2019 If you want to help shape the direction of the technical network for strengthening immunization services, please refer to the full details below. We look forward to hearing from you :-) Community Manager for the TechNet-21...

La note d’orientation de l’OMS et de l’UNICEF sur Comment élaborer un plan d’amélioration continue (cIP) disponible en FRANCAIS

Cher.e.s professionel.le.s de la vaccination et de la chaîne d’approvisionnement des vaccins,  L’initiative Gestion Efficace des Vaccins (GEV) a évolué de manière significative ces dernières années, et désormais ne se résume plus qu’à une simple évaluation à un moment t. La GEV a été transformée afin d’aider les programmes nationaux à effectuer des investissements majeurs en matière de renforcement de leur système de santé, afin que ceux-ci fonctionnent à leur niveau optimal, et donc soient en ...

Recognizing the inefficiencies and associated costs of poor decision making to motivate a common sense business case for immunization information system investment

Poor decision making due to "poor data quality", meaning data that are ill-fit for the decisions that need to be made, is one of the biggest challenges we confront in our efforts to improve the health and well-being of women and children around the world. Globally, many (though not all) leaders now recognize that poor decision making and poor data quality threaten to stall the progress made over the past 20-25 years. We recognize the problem and have talked at length about it, but now we must ta...


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