WHO and UNICEF have made a powerful new tool available to Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessment managers. Once an EVM assessment has been completed, EVM managers can download the Microsoft Excel-based tool and use it to generate a list of improvement activities that address the weaknesses identified in an EVM assessment. The tool includes a copy of every requirement score from the assessment and can be used to ensure that every recommendation arising from the EVM assessment is sufficiently addressed at each level of the immunization supply chain. It can also be used to manage proposed cIP activities by assigning budget, timeline and responsibility for each activity.
Full instructions can be found in the cIP Development Tool Guide available on the EVM page of TechNet-21:
We hope to conduct a webinar with more information on both EVM and the new tool later in 2022.
What is EVM?
Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) is a national Essential Program on Immunisation (EPI) planning process endorsed and supported by WHO and UNICEF to assess and prioritise improvements in the immunisation supply chain. EVM is embedded within the Immunisation Supply Chain (ISC) continuous improvement planning process.
EVM was launched in 2009. Drawing on lessons learnt conducting EVM assessments in more than 80 countries, and by leveraging developments in mobile and cloud-based computing, EVM2, released in 2019, builds upon the original EVM assessment tool to provide countries with a broader, more powerful, more agile, and more sustainable solution for improving iSC systems.
This guide provides national EVM Managers with comprehensive guidance on how to use the continuous Improvement Plan (cIP) Development Tool to generate a list of recommendations to address the weaknesses identified in an EVM Assessment.
What is a continuous Improvement Plan (cIP)?
The purpose of an Immunisation Supply Chain (ISC) continuous Improvement Plan (cIP) is to help a country build an evidence-based case for national supply chain investments and to develop an improvement plan that engages relevant stakeholders, thus setting the immunisation programme on a path for successful implementation.
The cIP approach is designed to be strategic and inclusive of a wide set of stakeholders who can help reveal the root causes of supply chain problems and mobilise human and financial resources to address them.
A robust cIP is based on evidence and a strong programming logic, i.e. it focuses investments on activities that together add up to a defined set of objectives and thus help realise the vision of the future and address the deficiencies of the past.