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Immunization Supply Chain Strengthening subsite

Dear all, Did you know that there is a dedicated subsite on Immunization Supply Chain (iSC) strengthening on TechNet-21? In 2014, the Gavi Alliance partners developed the Gavi Immunization Supply Chains (iSC) Strategy around strengthening country immunization  supply chains, focusing on five fundamentals: Data for Management; System Design; Leadership; Cold Chain Equipment; and Continuous Improvement Plans.  The iSC subsite houses information, tools, and resources that can help country governm...

WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy Fall 2018 programme

The WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy is a learning and capacity-building initiative. The Academy is open to all immunization professionals with an interest in the use, collection, and improvement of immunization data. Starting in Fall 2018, the Academy will offer a WHO Scholar certificate programme to support competency development in national and sub-national staff. The Academy will offer:  Level 1 certificate course in developing a Data Improvement Plan (DIP) in both English and French....

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...

When should Ministries of Health use refrigerated vehicles to deliver vaccines?

Dear Colleagues, You are invited to contribute to a new discussion on 'When should Ministries of Health use refrigerated vehicle to deliver vaccines?'. Discussion co-moderated by James Cheyne and John Lloyd: There are at least four good reasons for using refrigerated vehicles to replace the classic pickup trucks loaded with cold boxes: The number of vaccines used in national immunization programmes has roughly doubled over the past 20 years and the number of new vaccine introductions is li...

Positive Role of HBR in Immunization Programme: EuVac Baby award

Dear viewers, On behalf of the KVG team, I wish to share the PPT on Eu-Vac Baby presented during the regular Academic Society Meeting today. Laasya, D/O Chaitra C.G is the indexed Eu-Vaccinee who timely graduated as a fully immunized child (FIC) before first birthday and “complete” immunization in the 17th month. As agreed among local stakeholders, babies and their parents will receive the Eu-Vac Baby award next 14th Nov 2018, which is “Children’s day” in India, hoping for a successful public...

Advancing Immunization Programs around the Globe

Innovative solutions are not limited to products, drugs, or diagnostics. They include novel approaches and applications of a technology, service, or intervention to help countries advance their reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and development targets. As the immunization and child health technical lead for USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Project (MCSP), JSI supports the expansion of the evidence base for approaches and facilitates locally owned and contex...

Release of the New JRF data on the web

The WHO website was updated with the most up to data WHO/UNICEF JRF data. The main launching page for this data is accessible from: http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/data/en/ . From there you will be able to access: Country Profiles: http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/globalsummary that include some charts and graphs; Regional and Global Summaries (from points 1 and 2 of the page); Disease incidence data in html or excel format; Immunization coverage data: C...

WHO Software "Highly commended" at BMA book competition

A WHO software application, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), conceptualized by Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor and Anne Schlotheuber of the department of Information, Evidence and Research, came "highly commended" in the prestigious British Medical Association (BMA) book competition on 4 September. Readers can use the software on their computers and mobile devices, to assess health equity in countries for a range of indicators and dimensions. Health equity data are visualized in a variety of ...

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...

Immunization Supply Chain Action Plan

Dear TechNet Members, Bhutan is going to develop Immunization Supply Chain Action Plan as a recommendation of the Regional ISC review meeting 2017. Appreciate if members could kindly share the sample of similar action plan for us to have an idea.  Thanks, Chandralal ...

REPOST: Refrigerated vehicles in immunization programmes survey

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 vaccines...

Updated Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue (IDCC), Webinar and Poster at HSR2018

Dear members, You may remember an announcement in May 2018 when ThinkWell launched a set of products on the Immunization Economics platform (immunizationeconomics.org/ICAN) on immunization delivery costs. Our launch included findings from a systematic review of delivery costs of immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries, including a unit cost database (Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue – the IDCC) and summary report with seven pooled immunization delivery unit cost estimates....

External evaluation results of MyChild Solution based on Smart Paper Technology in Afghanistan. Assessing data quality, operational costs, efficiency gains and transfer of work processes to the existing health system.

Dear colleagues,  The results of external evaluations assessing MyChild Solution based on Smart Paper Technology in Afghanistan are now available. These evaluations assessed the data quality, operational costs, efficiency gains as well as transfer of work processes to the existing health system in Afghanistan. In 2015, the Shifo Foundation, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), IKEA Foundation, and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan started a joint collaboration to stre...

tetanus vaccine

1. How many doses (maximum) of tetanus doses is required in a ilfe time? 2. Is there a booster dose? 3. How many doses of tetanus is required after a cut injury?  With regards  Dr. Dhrupthob Sonam...

New WHO guidelines released on home-based records

Dear Colleagues, WHO guidelines for home-based records were just recently released - WHO recommendations on home-based records for maternal, newborn and child health. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018. The recommendations, rationale and remarks below are abstracted from the document, which has been uploaded to the TechNet-21 Resource Library (TRL) here. The document is also available online here: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/documents/home-based-records-guidelines/en/.  ...

Updated Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD) Surveillance Standards Released

WHO has released the updated surveillance standards for more than 20 vaccine-preventable diseases. Each disease is its own self-contained chapter, available in color and in black and white (for ease of printing).  There is also an introductory chapter detailing some of the basics of surveillance.  French and Russian translations will be available in the coming months.   https://www.technet-21.org/en/library/explore/vaccines-and-delivery-technologies/4942-vaccine-preventable-diseases-surveillanc...

Please participate in the Vaccine Innovation Prioritisation Strategy survey

Dear colleagues, In 2017, WHO, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and Gavi launched the Vaccine Innovation Prioritisation Strategy (VIPS), with the aim to drive vaccine product innovation to better meet country needs and support Alliance goals on immunisation coverage and equity. Product innovation refers to completely new vaccine products or adaptations to existing products that provide measurable financial or programmatic benefits to low and middle income countries (LMICs), suc...

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...

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 opportunity to share your expertise with the community and contribute to global improvements.  Please post your answers to TechNet-21 to three questions below: Excluding routine servicing, has the vehicle needed to be repaired over the past three years? Inside the refrigerated body have you needed to fit new she...

New tools for data quality and use introduction, adapted from the BID Initiative in Tanzania and Zambia

Strategic reuse of appropriate tools is one of the core principles of the BID Initiative. Over the last five years, we have worked with the governments of Tanzania and Zambia to enhance immunization and overall health service delivery by improving data collection, quality, and use, with interventions such as electronic immunization registries. We have created several planning, implementation, and data strengthening tools for use in Tanzania and Zambia, and have taken the most frequently used too...

REPOST: Remote Temperature Monitoring Devices (RTMDs) User Survey

WHO PQS is conducting a survey to learn from users of Remote Temperature Monitoring Devices (RTMDs) and inform the future of vaccine cold chain monitoring. Have you ever… Received a text, email or notifications from an RTMD? Interacted with RTMD hardware in the field, including responding to alarms? Setup RTMD hardware and/or software? Interacted with an online RTMD web portal? Conducted repairs or service on RTMDs? If so, we want YOU to help inform the future of RTMDs! Interested? P...

Appropriate age for Td vaccine

Dear TechNet members, We would like to know the appropriate age for Td vaccine and whether what we are practising is right. As per the manufacturer’s leaflet (Serum Institute of India), Td vaccine is for primary vaccination and revaccination of children older than 7 years. However, in Bhutan, we are giving at 6 years also.  Our immunization schedule for DTP containing  and Td vaccine is as follows: DTP-HepB-Hib (Pentavalent) at 6, 10 and 14 weeks. DTP at 24 months Td at 6 and 12 years Td...

APPLY NOW - 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 journal for ...

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...

APPLY NOW_2nd International Workshop on PSM in Conflict & Fragile States_Dubai_October 2018

Dear Colleagues, Greetings from Empower! We would like to share with you the details of our upcoming 2nd International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict and Fragile States, scheduled from 22-25 October in Dubai, UAE.  Key objectives of the workshop:  To provide participants with a clear understanding of the critical need to use a risk management based approach, with identification and categorization of the key risk factors, and then how planning can be inst...

Participez à l'enquête sur l'utilisation programmatique des Dispositifs de Contrôle de Température à Distance (DCTD)

Le Secrétariat de l’OMS, par le biais de ses services chargés des normes de Performance, Qualité et Sécurité (PQS), mène une enquête pour recueillir des informations sur les systèmes DCTD pour mieux comprendre les besoins programmatiques des utilisateurs, gestionnaires et administrateurs de systèmes. Ces informations aideront à éclairer la mise au point des futurs produits et normes par le biais des profils de produits cibles (PPC) liés aux normes PQS. Les normes PQS de l’OMS utilisent les PPC ...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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