The final report of the “Briefing on WHO Tools and Guidance on Immunization Data Quality and Vaccination Coverage Survey” that took place in Istanbul in December 2015 is now available.
The Executive summary is pasted below. Please feel free to share.
From 1 to 4 December 2015, 68 representatives of Ministries of Health, National Statistics Offices and national institutes from five regions of the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, scientific institutions, independent consultants, non-governmental organisations and partners met in Istanbul, Turkey, with the objective to
- Present new tools developed by WHO on immunization data quality and the new Vaccination Coverage Cluster Survey Reference Manual
- Train participants, including potential consultants or academic or similar organizations able to provide technical assistance, on one of the following tracks:
- immunization data quality and
- vaccination coverage survey planning and implementation.
In recent years, the importance of using high quality data both to improve immunization programme performance and to monitor the results has been highlighted, for example following the roll-out and annual assessments of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). Also, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, now requires countries applying for all types of Gavi support to conduct:
- an annual desk review of immunization data
- periodic in-depth assessments of routine administrative vaccination coverage data and
- periodic nationally representative vaccination coverage surveys.
Given this background, over the next few years, it is expected that there will be an increased need for guidance and technical assistance to assess the quality of country immunization data and produce actionable data improvement plans, as well as to implement vaccination coverage surveys using the revised WHO Vaccination Coverage Cluster Survey Reference Manual.
This Briefing was the first of such activities and aimed at sharing the new materials and tools, seeking expert advice to complete those materials related to data quality, sharing best practices among participants and thinking critically about the design of a vaccination coverage survey in a given country, from survey protocol design, to implementation and interpretation of results.