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Dear IAPHL community,
We are excited to announce the topic of our next moderated discussion, set to start on Monday June 12th--
Mind the Gap: Linking Program and Supply Chain Data.
The most recent IAPHL discussion on quantification noted that generally population/demographic data or consumption/service data are used for quantification and for supply chain planning. The discussion highlighted many of the issues and challenges that we face with having inaccurate population estimates or consumption data.
In this next discussion, we want to build on that topic to explore the potential link of supply chain data to programmatic data, and programmatic data to supply chain data, specifically for immunization programs but drawing on experiences across all program areas. Most often, Ministries of Health define immunization success by coverage rates, but coverage is based on often inaccurate population estimates for the denominator. This fundamental flaw can result in skewed estimates for coverage rates and also drastically affects quantification, as this group noted in the previous IAPHL discussion.
With this topic, we want to explore options for triangulating data to better inform immunization service delivery planning from a program perspective and thinking about coverage rates. Are there opportunities to bridge the gap between supply chain data and program data to better manage and report on immunization activities?
This discussion will be hosted by:
Chris Wright, JSI
Vidya Sampath, VillageReach
Brian Taliesin, PATH
Wendy Prosser, JSI
The IAPHL Team
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