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  1. Dan Brigden
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  3. Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Dear members, We are making some changes to the way that this forum is organised. Instead of the current nine top-level categories, we are looking at using a two-level system. The intention is to make it easier for people to find the discussions they are most interested in. At present, too much content is going in the 'General' category, and this is making it difficult for people to locate the relevant topics. The proposed new structure is shown below. If you have any thoughts, it would be great to hear your thoughts. Is there anything that is unclear or confusing? Are there important areas that are missing or cannot fit into the new structure? Thanks in advance for your insights. Best regards, Dan Brigden --- NEW STRUCTURE Vaccine products, packaging, and presentation -Vaccine products -Vaccine packaging -Vaccine presentation -Delivery devices Cold chain equipment -Cold rooms and freezer rooms -Refrigerators and freezers -Insulated containers -Temperature monitoring devices -Equipment repair and maintenance Supply chain and logistics -Vaccine procurement -Vaccine management policies and practices -Distribution systems -Waste management Service delivery -Delivery strategies -New vaccine introduction -Adverse events following immunization -Injection safety Programme management -Planning, budgeting, and financing -Performance monitoring -Information systems and technology -Human resources -Training -Disease surveillance Advocacy and communication -Awareness-raising initiatives -Vaccine refusal -Social mobilization Announcements -Events -Jobs -Requests for Proposals -Publications -About TechNet-21 -General
Dan Brigden Accepted Answer
Thanks all for your feedback. We've now made the changes to the forum structure. Hopefully members should now find it easier to find the discussions they are most interested in. The work of moving the older posts into the new structure is ongoing but should be done for the newer ones. We will continue to tweak the structure over the next few weeks based on the feedback we receive, so please take a look around and let us know what you think. Are there too many categories, or not enough? Are there duplicates? Should vaccine-specific categories be created to provide more targeted discussions? Do particularly topical subjects such as controlled temperature chain (CTC) deserve their own categories?
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Patrick Lydon Accepted Answer
Thanks James for the feedback on the TechNet structure. Very helpful. I'll chime in a just a few points raised. On your point about a) "How to improve fleet management. NO". I'd say this topic belongs under "Supply chain logistics" > "Distribution Systems". Distribution systems should include topic related to vehicles and transport. b) "How to keep up-to-date on novel equipment". There is ongoing work to improve linkages between PQS and TechNet including a product review section that is currently being developed by Dan. This should go live before the summer (we hope). Otherwise, I'd expect that the heading of "Cold Chain Equipment" is where this content would fit under the new structure. c) "How can I find out more about how to better manage cold chain equipment maintenance?". This would be under "Cold Chain Equipment" > "Maintenance and Repairs". Otherwise, I agree that Vaccine Products, Packaging and Presentation is a area that countries can't influence and this is global level work. That said, this is certainly an area where countries want the information on the different vaccine products...etc. So I see this as an important information sharing areas and not sure it deserves to be pulled down the list. The point about including forecasting is a good one. We'll need to figure out where to slot this. Lastly, distribution systems includes everything on how vaccines are distributed in the supply chain (i.e. primarily focusing on vehicles, transport, and distribution models like VMI or informed push.... It can include fleet management and route planning...etc). Delivery strategies are about how vaccination services are given. For instance, should a vaccine be given routinely, or with campaigns; should the delivery strategy for HPV be adolescent girls in school setting? Hope this clarifies some of our alphabet soup. Again, thanks for giving us good feedback on the proposed new structure. Cheers Patrick
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Dan Brigden Accepted Answer
Thanks James for the perceptive feedback. Some comments below. "How to integrate routine with campaign activities." I would see this as residing under: Supply chain and logistics > Distribution systems "How to keep up-to-date with novel equipment (freeze-free boxes and comparative specifications for solar refrigerators, for example,). I was not able to find a place for this topic unless it will be in publications." I would see these examples as residing under the 'Cold chain equipment' category, for example: Cold chain equipment > Insulated containers Cold chain equipment > Refrigerators and freezers "How can I find routine yellow fever vaccine coverage in neighbouring countries? Or more generally, how to I find info on routine coverage for all vaccines in neighbouring countries? I.e the JRF." I would see this as residing under: Programme management > Performance monitoring Or potentially others in the 'Programme management' category, depending on the focus of the discussion. "Somewhere in this heading estimating annual demand (vaccines, syringes, etc,) needs to be explicit. I'm not clear where I would look for it. Also, what are 'Distributions systems'? Is this trucks vs. cold trucks vs. Pickups vs. motorcycles, etc.? Perhaps combine with 'Delivery strategies' in the next group?" Good point. Perhaps topics around demand require a new category: Supply chain and logistics > Forecasting and supply planning Also, I agree that the difference between Distribution systems and Delivery strategies may be a bit blurry and could either be combined or renamed. Your other points about combining subcategories are also well-made. Thanks again for taking the time to look at this.
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James Cheyne Accepted Answer
Please see the attachment for some suggestions on the proposed new TechNet structure. Does anyone else have any suggestions? James
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