Bottlenecks and breakthroughs: Lessons learned from new vaccine introductions in low-resource countries, 2008 to 2013


Over the past several years, the development of new vaccines, along with global efforts to make them more available and affordable, has resulted in the introduction of lifesaving vaccines in low-resource countries around the world. From 2008 to 2013, the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided in-depth technical assistance on the operational aspects of the introduction of 15 new vaccines in 10 GAVI-eligible countries; this represented 14% of all GAVI-supported introductions during this time period of vaccines used in routine immunization. The lessons learned from these experiences are shared in this document with the hope that they will be useful in supporting smooth and successful introductions of vaccines today and in the future.