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Dear TechNet community,

 We are reaching out to better understand how TechNet-21 can help you to strengthen immunization services, and what value the platform brings to our members. We have a few of questions for you - feel free to answer them all or as much as you want! 

Issues that matter to immunization professionals

  • Which issues keep you awake at night, that would be worth engaging the wider TechNet-21 community on, perhaps as part of an online deep-dive discussion?
  • Are you working on a document or a project that you will need to launch or for which you would require feedback from the community?
  • Do you encounter any technical problem in your daily work that you think the TechNet-21 community could contribute to solve?
  • Are you working on an innovative idea that would benefit from fresh perspectives from people in the field?
  • Are you in need of collecting good practices, lessons learnt or even post-action reviews for one of your projects?

The value TechNet-21 brings to you

  • What benefits do you get from being a member of TechNet-21, and what kind of resources help you in your job?
  • What do you think of the TechNet-21 platform? What’s your favourite and most useful areas of the website? What would you like to see more of?

Looking forward to hearing from you and strengthening the TechNet-21 platform together!

The TechNet-21 Team

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Hi Dan!

On behalf of the TechNet-21 team, thanks for your post and I am glad to announce that we are indeed working on an TechNet-21 app - stay tuned!

Thanks for sharing this long list of immunization topics that keep you awake at night! You must be exhausted ;) We've been discussing with people working on some of the issues you mentioned to organise what you call Deep Dive Discussions (great acronym, let's keep it!). Stay tuned!

Some other TechNet-21 members might be inspired and willing to share information and host a Deep Dive Discussion on topics you mentioned. As we can now tag people in forum post, it's easy to flag any post of interest to other members. Let's see if some of the people I'm tagging below are in!

[*] "New cold chain technologies, for example the new freeze-preventive vaccine carrier that has just been prequalified by WHO PQS. How tangible are the benefits, are there any drawbacks?" Isaac Gobina Denise
[*] "The new release of the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) tool to assess immunization supply chains - what is going on with this and when will it be released for countries to evaluate?" Dmitri Davydov Ryan McWhorter
[*] "Gavi's cold chain equipment optimization platform (CCEOP) - how is this much-heralded project progressing, what are country experiences?" Hamadou Modibo Dicko
[*] "Remote temperature monitoring of cold chain equipment - a red hot topic right now with many innovations on the horizon" and "Conducting a cold room temperature mapping study - how, why, who, when?" - We are already discussing with ADAMA SAWADOGO and something is in the making! Stay tuned!
[*] "Vaccine hesitancy - is this really a growing trend? If so, how can such a worrying development be addressed?" Lisa Menning
[*] "Barcodes - why are they still around the corner? Why is their use not more widespead on vaccine products and equipment?" Dmitri Davydov Kaleb C Brownlow Kaleb Brownlow
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I think it would be great to release the TechNet website as an Android and iOS app. That way it can be used more like WhatsApp for instant communication, particularly for groups. I would find this very useful.

I also think having "moderated discussions" on the forum, AKA deep-dive discussions (DDDs?) where the experts are brought together to debate hot topics, is another good idea. 

As for issues in immunization that keep me awake, there are many (unfortunately)! I'd start with:

  • Vaccination in emergency situations, for example the current Ebola outbreak in DRC and during the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. What is best practice around this, what are the experiences of members?
  • The new release of the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) tool to assess immunization supply chains - what is going on with this and when will it be released for countries to evaluate?
  • New cold chain technologies, for example the new freeze-preventive vaccine carrier that has just been prequalified by WHO PQS. How tangible are the benefits, are there any drawbacks?
  • Gavi's cold chain equipment optimization platform (CCEOP) - how is this much-heralded project progressing, what are country experiences?
  • Remote temperature monitoring of cold chain equipment - a red hot topic right now with many innovations on the horizon
  • Conducting a cold room temperature mapping study - how, why, who, when?
  • Vaccine hesitancy - is this really a growing trend? If so, how can such a worrying development be addressed?
  • Barcodes - why are they still around the corner? Why is their use not more widespead on vaccine products and equipment?
  • New WHO and UNICEF publications - I often feel these are not as widely publicised and read as they could be. I'd like to see these discussed/dissected further on the forum.

But this is not much more than a random list. I'd be interested to hear what others think :-)

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