You may remember an announcement in May 2018 when ThinkWell launched a set of products on the Immunization Economics platform (immunizationeconomics.org/ICAN) on immunization delivery costs. Our launch included findings from a systematic review of delivery costs of immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries, including a unit cost database (Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue – the IDCC) and summary report with seven pooled immunization delivery unit cost estimates.
We are thrilled to announce that the IDCC has now been expanded to include 30 additional unit costs from nine recently published articles/reports. The unit costs include data from nine countries (Benin, Bhutan, Chad, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Thailand, Togo and Vietnam). The new data covers health facility, school-based and campaign delivery of oral cholera, meningococcal, HPV and PCV10/13 vaccines. More than 400 unit costs are now available.
All updates are live on immunizationeconomics.org/ICAN. Updated IDCC companion products (e.g. summary report, pooled immunization delivery unit cost estimates, etc.) will be released later this year.
Want to Learn More?
Join upcoming events to learn more about the IDCC! Email [email protected] if you’d like to be kept updated about these events and others moving forward.
- October 12, 2018, 10:30am GMT+1: Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018), Liverpool, UK: IDCC poster presentation
- October 30, 2018, 9am EST: Webinar on how to use the IDCC with extensive Q&A
Written materials and videos with instructions and guidance on using all tools and products are also available at https://immunizationeconomics.org/ican-idcc-instructions/.
Call for User Testers
Interested in helping improve the IDCC and other products? ThinkWell is looking for individuals to provide structured feedback in person, by phone or via Skype. If you have 30 minutes available, please contact Michaela Mallow at [email protected].
The immunization delivery cost review and analytics were conducted under the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) project. Led by ThinkWell and John Snow, Inc. (JSI), the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) is a project focused on increasing the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of data on the cost of delivering vaccines. ICAN aims to build country capacity around generation and use of cost information to work towards sustainable and predictable financing for vaccine delivery.
The ICAN is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.