Dear TechNet-21 Community,
ThinkWell and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) kicked off a 3-year project in September 2016 – the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) – which is an exciting complement to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s EPIC costing and financing project. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICAN aims to increase the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of evidence on the cost of delivering immunization services.
As part of the project, we are embarking on a systematic review of the published and grey literature on the non-vaccine delivery costs of immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries. We’d like to ask for your contribution!
Do you know of any grey literature that could feed into our systematic review, including in-progress or unpublished research studies, country reports and meeting/conference presentations, among others, written in English, French or Spanish and developed between 1994 and 2017? Please submit materials to us using the link to our secure file sharing site, Egnyte: https://collaborativedev.egnyte.com/fl/j3DfRJ0Ym3
We expect to produce:
1 A user-friendly unit cost data repository which will grant access to immunization delivery cost evidence. Our repository will be housed on immunizationcosting.org. You’ll be able to slice and dice the data to answer your own cost questions.
2 A publicly accessible library of the published and grey literature collected through the review so you can easily find the references underlying the repository.
3 Companion interpretive products such as how-to guides and webinars to help you navigate the repository, data visualizations to make quantitative data quickly intuitive, and/or analytical fact sheets and narrative snap-shots to help ensure you have a deeper understanding of cost variations and cost drivers across different contexts.
4 Unit cost benchmarks which will allow you to see estimates of the costs per dose, per fully immunized child, per infant in the target population, or per capita across different country contexts, delivery strategies, coverage levels, and platforms for different vaccine schedules and for potential new vaccine introductions.
5 Peer-reviewed papers published in open source journals that report our descriptive, gap, and pooled analyses.
Thank you in advance for your contributions to our systematic review.
The ThinkWell project team