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Take the PQS survey on the use of refrigerated vehicles in immunization programmes

Dear colleagues, On behalf of the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Secretariat, we are delighted to invite your response to our survey on the use of refrigerated vehicles in immunization programmes. Refrigerated vehicles are crucial in the delivery of life-saving vaccines. Programmes that depend on one or a small number of refrigerated vehicles may be seriously impeded if a vehicle breaks down or is unable to maintain the temperature range that is required for the safe storage of vacc...

WHO PQS Manufacturer Consultation Report

Dear TechNet Community, On Tuesday 10th July 2018, the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Working Group conducted its first face-to-face technical consultation with manufacturers of PQS prequalified immunization products and devices from the E003 (Refrigerators and freezers) and E006 (Temperature Monitoring Devices) equipment categories - some of you may also have followed the event in real time via the TechNet-21 Twitter account. Thirty industry representatives took part in the meeting...

Type of VVM assigned to vaccines

Dear all,  Can any one explain how the decision is made as to which type of VVM is assigned to different vaccines, with examples? Are same vaccines manufactured by different manufactures assigned different type of VVM? Thanks,  Chandralal...

Ongoing Registrations for Empower's PGD in PSCM_September 2018

Dear Colleagues, The 14th Batch of the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management is scheduled to launch in September 2018. This is an 11-month ONLINE program wherein there are 9 modules. The course is structured to address one topic area per month for 8 months, starting with a module on introduction to PSM and ending with PSM support functions and systems. Each module is supported by Assignments, MCQ's and Assessments. The course ends with a final as...

PATH Mekong is looking for a talent program leader

Be at the forefront of change and work for better health for all at PATH! PATH is hiring a Program Director to oversee day-to-day activities, provide guidance, support and supervise staffs and manage multiple programs and projects in the Vietnam portfolio. If you have strong leadership skill and professional experience in vaccine and immunization, infectious disease control and prevention, or other relevant public health topics, join the PATH team to make a global impact and save thousands of li...

Routine Immunization Master Register: Data analysis – Points for universal action

Dear colleagues, Warm greetings from me and KVG team. On 15th Aug 012, I mailed “Dewalbari – one pager” highlighting the unprecedented lesson learnt by me – taught by Bina, Pumpum, 4 AWS and 4 ASHAs of Dewalbari HSC of Jamtara. On 4th Saturday – 28th July 2014, ANM Mrs Bina screamed and jubilantly declared that her HSC became “IRI free”. Bina et al proved that the strategy of 4 weeks in 4 successive months can rapidly clear the backlog, attain very high coverage (>90%) of both FIC and the boos...

TechNet-21 Careers: your gateway for immunization jobs

Hi TechNet-21 members! Browsing and submitting vacancies has never been easier on TechNet-21 Our new Careers area centralises all the immunization job-related information you need, whether you are a job-seeker or an employer. Benefits: Browse our jobs listings to find the latest immunization jobs worldwide. Sign up to receive new job alerts by email as soon as new jobs are posted. Find the best candidate to fill a key position by browsing our members list, and contact suitable candidates...

International Workshop and Coaching on Strategic Leadership and Management_Ghana_October 2018

Dear Colleagues,   Empower is pleased to announce the International Workshop and Coaching on Strategic Leadership and Management, scheduled from 9-11 October 2018 in Accra, Ghana. It’s a 3 day, in-person workshop with 6 months of mentorship and coaching. This Global Health Leadership Program is being organised by Empower, in collaboration with John A. Kufuor Foundation and INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group. The program includes a keynote address by H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, the former Preside...

Registrations Open - International Workshop on Scientific Writing - 17-21 October 2018_Bangkok

Dear Colleagues,   Empower is organizing the International Workshop on Scientific Writing, scheduled from 17th to 21st October 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand.    The overall aim of this workshop is to develop the skills of the professionals in conceptualizing, writing and publishing high-quality manuscripts in peer-reviewed international and national journals.  In addition, participants will learn the publication process from a journal editor's perspective, including the selection of best journa...

HLN releases Version 1.14.1 of its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

On August 10, 2018, HLN released a new version (v1.14.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems. The release completes support for Earliest Date and Overdue Date for all vaccine series in ICE’s default schedule. If enabled, ICE will output two additional fo...

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool for cold chain equipment version 1.5 now available

We are happy to announce the latest version of the Total Cost of Ownership tool for cold chain equipment (v1.5) is now available to download and use. If you have been using an earlier version of the tool, please download the latest version from the link below.   Version 1.5 includes options to add Service Bundle quotes for CCEOP procurement which will overwrite installation cost assumptions.  Version 1.5 also features enhanced warranty comparisons that reflect the value of standard warranties f...

NEW Article available - The use of eHealth with immunizations: An overview of systematic reviews

Vaccine recently published the article entitled "The use of eHealth with immunizations: An overview of systematic reviews", by Dumit et al, from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Here is the abstract of the article (see link below to the article itself).  1. Background eHealth interventions may help increase vaccination uptake and health literacy related to immunization and improve immunization program efficiency. 2. Objectives To see where and how eHealth technologies have had a ...

Finding the Perfect Temperature for Vaccines

Finding the Perfect Temperature: Protecting Lifesaving Vaccines in Remote Areas Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in history, saving 2-3 million lives every year. In Tanzania, JSI is installing remote temperature monitoring devices to strengthen the immunization cold chain and ensure that vaccines make it to the last mile. Click here to view the photo essay.   ...

A true story of an "EuVac" Baby in positive role.

Dear colleagues We feel proud to share a true story of an “EuVac” bay in positive role. Three days back we shared the story of an “ANISOTIC” Baby in negative role. These illustrations highlight the need for an appropriate Home Based Record [HBR] as recommended by WHO. Both the illustrations are qualitative and hence single “story” is the story of millions. Unique bottom up approach of learning by doing & working together is the methodology used in 4 studies: viz. IRI simulation study, Promotin...

2nd International Workshop on M&E of Global Health Programs_5-13 Sep 2018_New Delhi

Empower is organizing the 2nd International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs, scheduled from 05th– 13th September 2018 in Hotel The Grand, New Delhi, India. The eight-day residential workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs will provide the platform for state of the art tools and techniques.By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:- develop monitoring and evaluation plans by applying knowledge and skills gained throughout the...

Apply Now for Empower's PGD in PSCM_September 2018

Dear Colleagues, The 14th Batch of the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management is scheduled to launch in September 2018. This is an 11-month ONLINE program wherein there are 9 modules. The course is structured to address one topic area per month for 8 months, startingwith a module on introduction to PSM and ending with PSM support functions and systems. Each module is supported by Assignments, MCQ's and Assessments. The course ends with a final ass...

"ANISOTIC BABY" - A CASE REPORT

Dear viewers In India, an estimated 90 lakhs children are either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and the GOI aims to attain >90% Full Immunization Coverage by 2018 through Intensified Mission Indradhanush [IMI] – an ambitious flagship programme of the country with utmost commitment. We are left with 5 months more from now. Constraints and problems are innumerable with rural urban differentiation. One such ubiquitous grievous problem is dissimilarity [ANISOSIS] of vaccination cards [HBR-Hom...

Tanzania and Vietnam forge South-South learning exchange to advance electronic immunization registries

As countries increasingly implement and scale electronic immunization registries (EIRs), it will be critical that they exchange lessons and best practices. The BID Initiative, which is led by PATH, in partnership with the governments of Tanzania and Zambia, recently hosted delegates in Tanzania from PATH's Vietnam office and the country's Ministry of Health. Despite their different health contexts and challenges, Vietnam and Tanzania have much to learn from each other. In Vietnam, PATH’s pilot E...

Menu List of What KVG team can potentially do

Dear all India is politically committed to advancing the target of achieving >90% full Immunization coverage before 1 year from 2020 to 2018 through Intensified Mission Indhradhanush (IMI) launched in October 2017. We are now left with only 5 months in 2018. Probably we may be able to achieve that goal by 2020 as set earlier.  Proem: India is committed; since the inception of EPI in 1978, consistently trying to improve the coverage both quantitatively and qualitatively through UIP, CSSM, RCH, ...

Celebrating 20 years of immunization data collaboration between WHO and UNICEF

Working together to unlock the lifesaving power of data 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of WHO and UNICEF’s Joint Reporting Form (JRF) on Immunization – a single form used by all countries to record data on national immunization rates and cases of vaccine-preventable diseases; track vaccine supply and pricing; and monitor immunization schedules and policies. Since the introduction of the form in 1998, immunization data for more than 2.7 billion newborns have been recorded using the JRF. But co...

Data session at the Global Immunization Meeting (GIM): Successfully Navigating Transitions, Kigali, June 2018

During the GIM conducted in Rwanda in June 2018, a breakout session entitled “Innovations & Transitions for Immunization Data” was moderated by Jan Grevendonk, WHO HQ, and Hope Johnson, The Gavi Alliance.  Participants discussed the transitions that are taking place with immunization data, such as the move from parallel to integrated systems, aggregate data to individual record keeping, infant to life course vaccination, systems and tools moving from paper to cloud, and the need to move from da...

New Document: Explorations of inequality: Childhood Immunization

You will find in the TechNet-21 Resource Library the recently released WHO report "Explorations of Inequality: Childhood Immunization"  and its accompanying interactive data visuals: https://www.technet-21.org/en/library/main/4912-explorations-of-inequality-childhood-immunization The report describes how children’s likelihood of being vaccinated is affected by socioeconomic, demographic and geographic factors and how the ones who benefit from multiple forms of advantage are more likely to be v...

New! 2017 global immunization coverage data available online

Please find below links to the various communications materials on the 2017 global immunization coverage data posted on the WHO/IVB website. Web story 9 in 10 infants worldwide received vaccinations in 2017 http://www.who.int/immunization/newsroom/2018_infants_worldwide_vaccinations/en/ WHO Immunization coverage fact sheet http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/immunization-coverage...

WHO-UNICEF cIP Guidance Note launch and review process

Dear immunization and health supply chain professionals, The Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) initiative has evolved significantly from being solely associated with an assessment tool. It has been transformed to help national programmes make major health systems strengthening investments work as intended – to address the underlying systemic bottlenecks to immunization supply chain performance. In this context, I am pleased to share with you the WHO and UNICEF continuous Improvement Plan (cIP)...

‘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...

Live-Tweeting from the PQS Manufacturer Consultation is happening now on our TechNet-21 Twitter account!

... and all you have to do is follow the TechNet-21 Twitter account (or copy paste: https://twitter.com/TechNet21Mod in your internet browser) So far Denise's tweets have gained 779 impressions (tweets seen), that's awesome, and it's only the beginning. Don't miss out on pictures and discussion's insights!      ...

Live-Tweeting from the PQS Manufacturer Consultation on Tuesday, July 10th!

Dear TechNet-21 Colleagues, WHO PQS will be engaging with a selected group of PQS product manufacturers on Tuesday, July 10th to discuss and agree on a path forward for some significant proposed changes to immunization cold chain equipment standards. Although this is a closed event, the PQS Team and TechNet-21 are partnering to bring you exclusive insights from the meeting and I will be guest tweeting from the TechNet-21 Twitter account, sharing highlights and pictures from this first-of-its-ki...

THE SCAR – AM I “IMMUNOGENIC” OR “ULCEROGENIC”??

Dear all Generally both parents and beneficiaries feel just pushing the vaccine will result in immunization. To maintain the quality of service, CDC has set 8 rights to be observed before / while and after administering any vaccine. Control of TB is a question of justice and human rights. Globally, out of all infectious diseases, after HIV/AIDS, TB is the second biggest killer [26% and is preventable]. TB kills or debilitates more adults aged between 15 and 59 years than any other disease in t...

Powering Auxiliary Loads in SDD Systems – Energy Harvesting: Is It the Best Alternative?

One of the beneficial features of SDD refrigerators is its relative simplicity. Electrically two wires from the solar array are directly connected to the compressor. This simplicity minimizes problems in the field and simplifies repairs. Energy harvesting technology introduces a great deal of electronic complexity and the complexity increases as a larger percent of the available energy is harvested. In the US the primary mode of failure of new refrigerators is the electronic circuitry. In the fi...

New WHO Vaccination Coverage Cluster Surveys Reference Manual available on Technet

WHO would like to announce that the new WHO Vaccination Coverage Cluster Surveys Reference Manual is available on the Technet website on the Coverage Surveys page. This document can be downloaded from here: https://www.technet-21.org/en/topics/vaccination-coverage-surveys under the section on "Current WHO reference manuals"      ...

Workshop in Geneva_Ensuring Universal Health Coverage by Promoting Access to Life-Saving Medicines_August 2018

Empower is organizing the third International Workshop and Study Tour on Ensuring Universal Health Coverage by Promoting Access to Life-Saving Medicines in Geneva, Switzerland scheduled from 20th to 24th August 2018. It’s a 5-day workshop and our participants will be public health professionals, program officers, supply chain professionals from various Ministries of Health, UN agencies, donor agencies, private and civil society organizations. The Key Topics to be covered during the workshop are...

2nd International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs - 5-13 Sep 2018 - New Delhi

Dear Colleagues, Empower is organizing the 2nd International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs, scheduled from 05th– 13th September 2018 in New Delhi, India. The eight-day residential workshop will provide the platform for state of the art tools and techniques. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: - Apply the learning in various health programs on basic concepts and practical approaches towards effective programmatic monitoring and evaluatio...


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