TechNet-21 - Forum

This forum provides a place for members to ask questions, share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.

TechNet-21 - Forum

This forum provides a place for members to ask questions, share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.

Discussions tagged Optimize

How Private Sector Solutions Can Strengthen Supply Chains for Public Health

Dear Colleagues, JSI is pleased to announce a new publication in the Getting Products to People series: How Private Sector Solutions Can Strengthen Supply Chains for Public Health For years, experts in the field working on strengthening supply chains to support public health programs have emphasizedthe importance of the private sector role in extending the reach and improving the performance of the supply chainsthat serve the public with the health products they need. The private sector...

Expanding Digital Immunization Registry in Vietnam

PATH has been collaborating with Vietnam National EPI to pilot the Digital Immunization Registry in one district in a Southern province under Optimize Project since 2012. In 2014, this system was expanded in all 164 Commune Health Centers in that province. It can help to reduce workload burden, increase data accuracy and more importantly increase on-time vaccination rates. This intervention has been awarded the Health Innovation Award, a partnership between GSK and Save the Children in 2015. PAT...

Supply Chain 2035: Preparing for the Next 20 Years

Over the last two decades, increased investments in health have yieldedsignificant gains in health outcomesfor tens of millions of people around the world. At the same time, economic growth has raised hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty and helped fuel a vast expansion in information technology that has revolutionized the way people communicate. Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the first World Development Report to focus on health,the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health releasedG...

Next Generation Supply Chains – A Dialogue with EPI and Child Health Managers

Reposted from JSI's The Pump Jeff Sanderson,Senior Technical Advisor African immunization supply chains need to be transformed. Between 2010 and 2020, new vaccine introductions will quadruple the volume of vaccines per immunized child. The number of vaccine doses that health workers will administer is increasing six-fold. Evidence fromEffective Vaccine Management(EVM) assessments in70 developing countriesfound that in nearly all countries, immunization supply chains are not functioning well ...

Cold Chain Policy vs. Cold Hard Reality: Thinking Inside the Box

Recently, I was sitting with the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Manager, his senior staff, and technical assistance (TA) partners in an African country, discussing support for better visibility and analysis of immunization supply chain data. The EPI Manager was willing to listen, but wasn’t sure his team needed help in data analysis. As for visibility, that was already being addressed: they using a web-based inventory management system that, among other things, providecold chain volume...

Optimize wraps up collaborations in six countries

by Dan Brigden, WHO Over the last five years, project Optimize has worked closely with national immunization programs to explore innovative solutions to supply chain challenges. Each project has attempted to solve a particular immunization challenge—from an electronic immunization registry in Albania to a moving warehouse in Senegal, and from remote temperature monitoring in Vietnam to web-based stock management in Tunisia. The results of these projects have now been collected, analyzed, and ...

ICT Toolkit goes online

An online version of the ICT Toolkit developed by project Optimize has been published on the TechNet-21.org website. http://ict.technet-21.org The original document, entitled Planning an information systems project: A toolkit for public health managers, is available as a PDF on the PATH and WHO websites, and provides guidance to public health managers planning the implementation of information and communications technology in health information systems. It draws on lessons learned by project O...

How can information systems help to improve the performance of immunization programs?

by Jan Grevendonk, WHO Project Optimize has worked closely with national immunization programs throughout the world to demonstrate innovative solutions to supply chain challenges. Many of these demonstration projects have involved the use of information systems to help improve the performance of immunization programs. The results of these information and communications technology (ICT) projects have now been collected, analyzed, and published. In addition, Optimize has also published several ot...

Closing the book on project Optimize

by Michel Zaffran, WHO In December 2007, a team of talented individuals from PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO) came together to form project Optimize, a five-year collaboration to identify ways in which supply chains can be optimized to meet the demands of an increasingly large and costly portfolio of vaccines. Our goal was to help define an ideal vaccine supply chain that can be used to develop stronger, more adaptable, and more efficient logistics systems, extending the reach of ...

Four videos on Logistics Information Management Systems from PATH

VaxTrak in Vietnam VaxTrak helps health workers keep track of vaccine stock. In 2011, the Vietnamese National Expanded Programme on Immunization introduced VaxTrak in the provinces of Phu Tho, Quang Tri, and Ben Tre. This short video shows how VaxTrak works and examines the impact it has had. [youtube]zbYuN9OXV4c[/youtube] Logistimo in South Sudan Logistimo is a cloud-based logistics management information system that can help immunization health workers keep track of vaccine stock. In May ...

Project Optimize in transition

by Bjorn Melgaard, Judy Roberts, Prashant Yadav, Anup Akkihal, Robert Steinglass, and Gisele Corrêa Miranda, Optimize Project Advisory Group members Following the 2013 TechNet Consultation in Dakar, Senegal, members of the Optimize Project Advisory Group (PAG) met for the last time to discuss progress made over the past five years and to learn about plans going forward as key areas of work on vaccine supply chains begin to transition to partners. Looking back The meeting began with a pres...

Tanzania leading the way with barcodes on vaccine packaging

by Daniel Thornton, GAVI; Henry Mwanyika, PATH; Drew Meek, WHO; Ulrike Kreysa, GS1 A project in Tanzania is exploring how best to implement barcodes on vaccine packaging. By adding barcodes to the shipping containers and secondary packaging used to transport vaccines, project organizers hope to learn how barcode technology can improve supply chain management and vaccine safety in developing countries. Over the last 40 years, barcodes have transformed global supply chains in the packaged fo...

Vietnam’s transition from paper-based to online vaccine tracking

by Dao Ding Sang and Vu Minh Huong, PATH Over the last three years, Optimize has been working with Vietnam’s National Expanded Programme on Immunization (NEPI) to pilot a new computerized logistics management information system. The new system, named VaxTrak, is designed to help immunization health workers keep track of vaccine stock as it is received and dispatched, and to facilitate aggregated monthly reporting on immunizations given. The goal is to increase the accuracy and timeliness of vac...

Newsletters du projet Optimize au Sénégal: des solutions innovantes

Depuis fin 2009, le projet Optimize et le Ministère de la Santé du Sénégal travaillent en étroite collaboration afin d’identifier et de tester des innovations qui permettront d’apporter à la chaîne d'approvisionnement des produits de santé (vaccins, médicaments et autres) des gains d'efficacité et de performance.   Depuis deux ans, des démonstrations sont en cours sur le terrain dans le but de mettre en relief les avantages d'une chaîne d'approvisionnement en vaccins qui : · est intégrée aux ...

EVM assessment highlights supply chain improvements in Vietnam

by Nguyen Van Cuong, NEPI, and Vu Minh Huong, PATH Earlier this year, Vietnam’s National Expanded Programme on Immunization (NEPI) conducted an Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessment to evaluate the country’s immunization logistics systems. The results reveal that key improvements have been made since the previous assessment was conducted in 2009. The EVM assessment and planning tool was developed by the World Health Organization to provide countries with the means to systematically ass...

South Sudan deploys new mobile phone-based stock management tool

by Morris Gargar, Consultant; Elly Tumwine, UNICEF; and Ryan McWhorter, Logistimo The Government of the Republic of South Sudan is working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and project Optimize to test a cloud-based logistics management information system (LMIS) that uses mobile phones to manage vaccine stock. The new system, named Logistimo, was deployed in May 2012 and is now being used in the central store, the ten state stores, and all six counties of Central Equatoria State....

In Pictures: Online immunization registry transforms work in Albania

To accompany the article “Online immunization registry transforms the work of health staff in Albania” in this month’s newsletter, project Optimize has publishedhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/projectoptimize/sets/72157630314080396/" target="_blank"> a photo set on Flickr that reveals how the new tool has benefitted health staff in the pilot region of Shkoder. The photo set is divided into two: “Before” and “After.” The “Before” photographs describe how health workers used the pr...

Online immunization registry transforms work in Albania

An interview with Silvia Bino, Albania Institute of Public Health The Institute of Public Health in Albania recently developed an online immunization registry to replace their existing paper-based system. In May 2011, the new system—named IIS—was piloted in Shkoder district. One year later, Op.ti.mize talks to Silvia Bino about how it has transformed the way vaccinations are scheduled and recorded. Before IIS was launched, how were immunizations scheduled? Nurses and the district head of vacci...

Going digital: Upgrading Vietnam’s paper-based immunization registry

by Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong, NEPI and Joanie Robertson, PATH Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is collaborating with project Optimize to demonstrate the benefits of a computerized immunization registry. In January 2012, a new computerized immunization registry was piloted by Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong of Vietnam’s National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI) and Joanie Robertson of PATH provide an update on its performan...

wVSSM goes online in Tunisia

by Mojtaba Haghgou, consultant, and Ramzi Ouichi, WHO A web-based version of the Vaccination Supply Stock Management (VSSM) tool has been successfully deployed in Iran. Now, project Optimize is collaborating with the Tunisian Ministry of Health to field-test wVSSM in Tunisia. VSSM is an open-source software application developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to enable immunization program managers and vaccine store staff to manage vaccines and related supplies. It is based on ex...

Albania pilots electronic immunization registry

by Erida Nelaj, Albania Institute for Public Health and Jan Grevendonk, PATH In May 2011, the Albanian Institute for Public Health (IPH) launched a new web-based immunization registry and vaccine ordering system in the district of Skodra. Based on the acceptability and success of the system in Skodra, the government is deciding when and how to roll out the software nationwide. After an initial training with nurses, the system appears to be working well, and acceptability is high. [Click photo...

Your phone rings; it’s the freezer calling

by Olivier Ronveaux, WHO, and Mojtaba Haghgou, Vaccine Management Consultant Maintaining required temperatures in vaccine refrigerators and freezers is one of the more thankless tasks of a cold chain manager as it requires painstaking manual recording of the temperature of each piece of equipment twice daily. Despite the monotony, temperature monitoring is a crucial task, especially in central stores at the national level where millions of doses of costly vaccines are at stake. A 2004 study o...

Albania explores computerized immunization registries

Albania explores computerized immunization registries by Jan Grevendonk, PATH, and Olivier Ronveaux, WHO In early 2009, the Albanian Institute for Public Health (IPH) asked Optimize, a WHO-PATH collaboration, to develop a strategy for a computerized national immunization registry and vaccine ordering system. Working with IPH and other large stakeholder groups, Optimize assessed the existing paper-based system this summer and developed a strategy for implementing a small-scale pilot under IPH man...

Vietnam To Assess and Evaluate Opportunities To Optimize

Vietnam To Assess and Evaluate Opportunities To Optimizeby Joanie Robertson and James Cheyne, PATH Optimize is drafting a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), in Vietnam to possibly implement two phases of work. The first, an assessment phase, will evaluate opportunities for supply chain system improvement and identify cold chain technology requirements required to optimize supply systems. The second, a demonstration p...

Why Optimize?

Why Optimize?by Daisy Mafubelu, Assistant Director General, WHO Family and Community Health Cluster,and Chris Elias, President and CEO, PATH In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) and PATH jointly launched Optimize, a five-year effort to help countries anticipate and manage the growing complexity of the logistics of immunization programs. The project draws strength from WHO’s expertise in setting norms and standards, establishing policies, and developing guidelines and from PATH’s 20 years...

The Battery-Free Solar Refrigerator Challenge

by Joanie Robertson, Technical Officer, PATH In March 2009, six companies submitted designs to PATH in response to its Battery-Free Solar Refrigerator Challenge. Product designs that meet desired specifications will receive financial assistance to cover the cost of third-party testing required for consideration under the World Health Organization's Product Quality and Service (PQS) process. The purpose of the Battery-Free Solar Refrigerator Challenge is to encourage the development of new pr...
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