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Is it possible to achieve and sustain >90% FIC and Booster by 2020?

Dear viewers,

A merry Christmas and a Happy new year 2019!

On Christmas Eve of 2012, we shared the first write up on Immunogram as “Xmas gift”. Today, 6 years later, we wish to share it again because it can potentially achieve and sustain ≥90% Full Immunization Coverage (FIC) below one year and booster between 16 & 24 months as a package - see the attached one pager. Hope governments and other stakeholders will take up the success story for replication in a wider area.

“Rare but not uncommon”

Dear esteemed viewers,

ANM Mrs Chandrakala KM, AWW Mrs Indiravathi and ASHA Mrs Saraswathi K are the 3 ‘A’ces working in Health Sub-Centre Baddadka of planning unit Aranathodu of Sullia Block of Dakshinakannada District, Karnataka State, India.

The entire planning unit – PHC Aranthodu will cross >90% coverage including booster dose by 2018 itself. The attached one page write-up describes a very rare event, though not uncommon in RI programmes hence thought of sharing with the ...

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WHO Software "Highly commended" at BMA book competition

A WHO software application, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), conceptualized by Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor and Anne Schlotheuber of the department of Information, Evidence and Research, came "highly commended" in the prestigious British Medical Association (BMA) book competition on 4 September. Readers can use the software on their computers and mobile devices, to assess health equity in countries for a range of indicators and dimensions. Health equity data are visualized in a variety ...

APPLY NOW_2nd International Workshop on PSM in Conflict & Fragile States_Dubai_October 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Empower!

We would like to share with you the details of our upcoming 2nd International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict and Fragile States, scheduled from 22-25 October in Dubai, UAE. 

Key objectives of the workshop: 

To provide participants with a clear understanding of the critical need to use a risk management based approach, with identification and categorization of the key risk factors, and t...

New! 2017 global immunization coverage data available online

Please find below links to the various communications materials on the 2017 global immunization coverage data posted on the WHO/IVB website.

Web story
9 in 10 infants worldwide received vaccinations in 2017

WHO Immunization coverage fact sheet

Workshop in Geneva_Ensuring Universal Health Coverage by Promoting Access to Life-Saving Medicines_August 2018

Empower is organizing the third International Workshop and Study Tour on Ensuring Universal Health Coverage by Promoting Access to Life-Saving Medicines in Geneva, Switzerland scheduled from 20th to 24th August 2018. It’s a 5-day workshop and our participants will be public health professionals, program officers, supply chain professionals from various Ministries of Health, UN agencies, donor agencies, private and civil society organizations.

The Key Topics to be covered during ...

2nd International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs - 5-13 Sep 2018 - New Delhi

Dear Colleagues,

Empower is organizing the 2nd International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs, scheduled from 05th– 13th September 2018 in New Delhi, India. The eight-day residential workshop will provide the platform for state of the art tools and techniques.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

- Apply the learning in various health programs on basic concepts and practical approaches towards effective programmatic ...

Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop a generic guideline to establish and strengthen national Inter-agency Coordination Committees (ICC) in the WHO African Region

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to carry out the following work: a value proposition of a generic guideline to establish and strengthen national Interagency Coordination Committees (ICC) in the WHO African Region.
WHO is an Organization that is dependent on the budgetary and extra-budgetary contributions it receives for the implementation of its activities. Bidders are, ther...

Successful completion of the International workshop on Ensuring Product Quality in PSM (April 2018)

Dear Colleagues,

The agenda of the ‘International Workshop in Ensuring Product Quality in Procurement and Supply Chain Management’ was to present face-to-face opportunity to the participants from National Medical Supplies Fund (NMSF), Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan in gaining a comprehensive understanding of concepts of Quality Assurance (QA) of pharmaceutical products and processes in procurement and supply chain.

The workshop was held in Al-Fateh Idris Hall in the Abdul H...

An improved website for TechNet members

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In order to improve your experience as TechNet-21 users, we have recently migrated the website to a new host, to make it faster and more secure. We hope you will appreciate the improvements made.

Website migration being a complex process, there might be some technical glitches that have not been noticed yet. Should you have any problem with the new platform, please let us know using one of the following methods and we will do our best to fix it:


New HPV communication materials

WHO/Europe is working with immunization programmes across the European Region to help them raise awareness about HPV vaccination, address obstacles to high uptake and prepare for HPV vaccine introduction where it is not yet part of the routine immunization programme. As part of this work WHO/Europe has led or collaborated in the production of information materials, including the following resources:

Video: HPV and cervical cancer – a personal story

Not coming to the conference? Watch online

Dear TechNet community,

The 15th TechNet Conference will take place next week in Cascais, Portugal. All plenary sessions will be streamed on the TechNet-21 channel on YouTube, so if you are not attending in person you can still participate remotely.

Please use this link if you want to watch the plenary sessions live. We encourage you to submit questions to presenters by using th...

A method for measuring performance of outreaches

This report explains Shifo's approach and solution - MyChild Outreach, to strengthen outreach services to reach the fifth child and reduce equity gaps in vaccination services in rural and hard to reach areas:


Fun little game on herd immunity and vaccines

Just for fun

Infographic + little game on herd immunity


Questions & answers regarding "TST" + Job-Aid for display

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Like many chronic diseases, whether communicable or non communicable, Tuberculosis is also an inadequately understood Vaccine Preventable Disease with frequent change in definition and treatment protocol.

In the recent RNTCP quarterly review meeting, substantial gap in the operational knowledge and differences of opinion were found regarding the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) - a traditional, simple and reasonably reliable test as a diagnosti...

TechNet in 2016 and 2017

Happy New Year to all TechNet members! I trust that the holiday season was relaxing and peaceful for all. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued participation in the forum and other areas of the website. It’s been wonderful to hear so many different voices from around the world, each demonstrating a commitment to “strengthening immunization services by sharing experiences, coordinating activities, and helping to formulate optimal policies”. TechNet is truly living...

PAHO’s Immunization Newsletter

Since its inception in 1979, PAHO’s Immunization Newsletter has been published by the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information concerning immunization programs in the Region, in order to promote greater knowledge of the problems faced and their possible solutions. The Immunization Newsletter is disseminated qu...

Immunization eLearning Initiative courses are now available to all immunization professionals.

WHO and UNICEF announce the availability of Immunization eLearning Initiative courses to all consultants, partners, and staff supporting immunization.

The course series provides training in areas considered vital to EPI advancement. It will help immunization professionals to align their knowledge and get up-to-date on the latest immunization systems and protocols. The courses are highly engaging and flexible. They can be taken in any order and learners can start and stop without l...

New Infographic on Malaria in Pregnancy

In 2015, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) through the RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group announced a Global Call to Action to increase national coverage with Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy. As part of this effort, the Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group developed this infographic to highlight the impact of malaria in pregnancy interventions and to encourage key stakeholders to advocate for malaria in pregnancy service delivery strengthening.


World Immunization Week 2016 - Close the immunization gap

The theme “Close the immunization gap” continues in this year’s World Immunization Week campaign with the slogan "Immunization for all throughout life". The campaign – takes place from 24 to 30 April – aims to remind us that vaccination needs to continue throughout a person’s life.

WHO developed a campaign toolkit for partners and members of the global immunization community to help ra...

ePUB3 is now available for free download: Pharmaceutical and vaccine quality illustrated

Dear colleagues,

Pharmaceutical and Vaccine Quality Illustrated, compiling 730 terms, 101 photographs, 77 illustrations, 191 references, links and QR codes to 26 videos and 4 gif files is now available in PDF and ePUB3 formats from

The spectrum of this glossary goes from product development and clinical trials to legislation around regulatory functions; from manufacturing to storage and dispatch a...

What were the most interesting discussions on the TechNet forum this year?

Drum-roll please! The Top Ten most popular discussions on the TechNet forum in 2015, as defined by total page-views recorded by Google Analytics, are listed below in reverse order. If you missed them first time around, there's still time to share your thoughts on these fascinating topics. Just follow the links below and (once you are signed in) enter your reply at the bottom of the page and click REPLY.

Happy holidays to all and many thanks to all TechNet members for their contributio...

New Advocacy for immunization platform

Dear colleagues and partners,

To further our collective efforts to improve immunisation and help ensure life-saving vaccines reach children everywhere, we are pleased to share with you the new Advocacy for Immunisation platform, which you can discover here:

The web-based platform was developed by PATH a...

Communications Planning Guide for IPV introduction

Well-planned, adequately funded communications affect the success of immunization services and are particularly needed to achieve vaccination coverage goals and maintain trust in vaccines. A communications plan and its activities – such as media briefings, stakeholder engagement, and social mobilization – all should be guided by research findings, carefully planned, and systematically implemented, integrated within the overall immunization programme plan or vaccine introduction plan. To s...

Next steps in Polio Endgame Strategy: the switch from tOPV to bOPV

In its January 2015 meeting, the WHO Executive Board called on all Member States to accelerate preparation for a globally coordinated switch from trivalent to bivalent OPV in April 2016. The Board’s request follows the WHO SAGE announcement in October 2014 that preparations are on track for this important milestone towards achieving polio eradication. The withdrawal of OPV is a critical step within objective 2 of the

Vacancy: Advocacy & communications officer, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)

About IVAC
The mission of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is to accelerate global access to life-saving vaccines through the development and implementation of evidence-based policies. IVAC contributes across the vaccine value chain, focusing on the generation and interpretation of evidence and translation into policies, vaccine introduction, implementation, and optimization. Our value lies in the combination of content kn...

The Meena Communication Initiative: UNICEF

Many thanks to Tasnim Partapuri for directing our attention here! UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI) as a mass communication project aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that hamper the survival, protection and development of girls in South Asia. Following eight years of extensive research in the region since the initial conceptualization, UNICEF launched the Meena Communication Initiative in September 1998. The name Meena is one that spans the different cultu...
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