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Sep
30
  1.   Programme management
  2.    Public
  1.   30th Sep, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for health systems and in some places has led to disruptions in routine immunization service delivery & decreases in vaccination coverage...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for health systems and in some places has led to disruptions in routine immunization service delivery & decreases in vaccination coverage. As programmes work hard to restore and maintain immunization services, it is important that strategies & mechanisms are in place to enable individuals who have missed their vaccinations, for any reason, to be identified and vaccinated as quickly as possible.

The session, hosted by the Geneva Learning Foundation and the World Health Organization, discusses the importance of continuously implementing catch-up vaccination as an integral component of routine immunization, as well as intensified strategies to close immunization gaps following a disruption in immunization services, as described in new WHO guidance Leave No One Behind: Guidance for Planning and Implementing Catch-up.

  1.   1
Sep
23
  1.   Programme management
  2.    Public
  1.   23rd Sep, 2020
Growing evidence points to the multiple ways in which gender influences risks, access to health services & ultimately health outcomes, including for immunization. To increase immunization coverage...

Growing evidence points to the multiple ways in which gender influences risks, access to health services & ultimately health outcomes, including for immunization. To increase immunization coverage for children and people at different ages and leave no one behind, it is critical to understand and address the ways in which gender interacts with additional social determinants such as age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, migration status, gender identity & disability to create barriers to immunization. Applying a gender lens to immunization programming, therefore, goes beyond focusing on gender discrepancies in immunization coverage among girls and boys.

The session, brought to you by the Geneva Learning Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO), will introduce the importance of gender in health & health programming and highlight how immunization interventions can expand coverage and widen reach by understanding and systematically analyzing & addressing gender roles, norms and relations as part of immunization service planning & delivery.

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Sep
23
  1.   Global initiatives
  2.    Public
  1.   23rd Sep, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives and threatens to reverse decades of development gains. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General warns that “the avoidable suffering and...

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives and threatens to reverse decades of development gains. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General warns that “the avoidable suffering and death caused by children missing out on routine immunizations could be far greater than COVID-19 itself.” The best way to mitigate the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 is to safeguard immunization services and strong health systems and ensure equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines.

The objective of this side event is to galvanize governments and humanitarian actors to safeguard interrupted immunization campaigns, outline key infrastructure that needs to be in place by the time a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, and highlight the need for global coordination to ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine. It also seeks to bring visibility to the COVAX Facility as the only current viable and pragmatic way to plan for equitable access and distribution of the future COVID-19 vaccine for all countries, with a focus on the most vulnerable.

https://ungaguide.com/event/ensuring-equitable-access-to-life-saving-immunizations-in-the-time-of-covid-19/ 

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Sep
23
  1.   Global initiatives
  2.    Public
  1.   23rd Sep, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives and threatens to reserve decades of development gains. The secondary effects of the pandemic could result in more lives lost from vaccine preventa...

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives and threatens to reserve decades of development gains. The secondary effects of the pandemic could result in more lives lost from vaccine preventable diseases than from COVID-19. The best way to mitigate the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 is to safeguard immunization services and strong health systems and ensure equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines.

The objective of this side event is to galvanize governments and humanitarian actors to safeguard interuppted immunization campaigns, outline key infrastructure that needs to be in place by the time a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, and highlight the need for global coordination to implement equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine. It also seeks to bring visibility to the COVAX Facility as the only current viable and pragmatic way to plan for equitable access and distribution of the future COVID-19 vaccine for all countries, with a focus on the most vulnerable.

https://ungaguide.com/event/vaccines-for-the-many-or-only-the-few-immunizations-and-covid-19/ 

  1.   1
Sep
23
  1.   Global initiatives
  2.    Public
  1.   23rd Sep, 2020
At a time when the COVID-19 global pandemic curve is shifting daily and the science of the disease evolving hourly, people naturally seek more information, the fresher the better. However, when people...

At a time when the COVID-19 global pandemic curve is shifting daily and the science of the disease evolving hourly, people naturally seek more information, the fresher the better. However, when people who aim to share vital health information inadvertently share false and misleading messages, the misinformation acquires credibility and velocity. Separately, disinformation, which is misinformation spread with an agenda, is also polarizing the online and offline debate on topics related to COVID-19.

It is proposed that a side session be held at the UN General Assembly to bring together UN Member States, relevant UN agencies, specialist media, civil society organizations and leading experts from the fields of misinformation, risk communication, behavioural science and infodemiology to:
1. Launch an unprecedented UN Collaboration through a high-level joint press statement (UN Secretary-General, WHO Director-General, UN Agencies and partners) on infodemic management
2. Review key lessons learned in infodemic management since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic by UN partners, including country experience.

On 23 September 2020, this side-event will discuss infodemic management in the time of COVID-19. The event is scheduled for 08:00 EST | 14:00 CET | 19:00 ICT.

https://ungaguide.com/event/infodemic-management-promoting-healthy-behaviors-in-the-time-of-covid-19-and-mitigating-the-harm-from-misinformation-and-disinformation/

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Sep
22
  1.   22nd Sep, 2020
In this second webinar of the Ensuring a Responsive Immunization Supply Chain Webinar Series, we will focus on supply chain optimization and welcome special guest presenter Cheryl Rudd,...

In this second webinar of the Ensuring a Responsive Immunization Supply Chain Webinar Series, we will focus on supply chain optimization and welcome special guest presenter Cheryl Rudd, Director, Primary Care and Health Systems Strengthening at Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) to discss the immunization supply chain optimization in Zambia. 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between system design and system re-design and optimization
  2. Describe supply chain elements and key performance indicators that might be examined during a re-design/optimization activity, with a focus on the in-country supply chain
  3. Describe potential changes that might be proposed through an immunization supply chain re-design/optimization
  4. Describe the Zambia experience with immunization supply chain optimization: process, changes and benefits/results
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Sep
24
  1.   Programme management
  2.    Public
  1.   24th Sep, 2020
Join the Boost Community and John Snow Inc. (JSI) for a virtual panel discussion that will center around country perspectives on maintaining and restoring immunization services during COVID-19.During ...

Join the Boost Community and John Snow Inc. (JSI) for a virtual panel discussion that will center around country perspectives on maintaining and restoring immunization services during COVID-19.

During this session, you will hear about the current challenges facing routine immunization service delivery in Kenya, Mozambique and India and have the opportunity to have your questions about routine immunization in the context of COVID-19 answered.

  1.   2
Sep
15
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   15th Sep, 2020 - 17th Sep, 2020
The First Innovation Forum in the WHO Western Pacific Region (aims to provide policy support to countries on innovation to identify, test and advance innovative approaches to pressing health problems ...

The First Innovation Forum in the WHO Western Pacific Region (aims to provide policy support to countries on innovation to identify, test and advance innovative approaches to pressing health problems including COVID-19. 

During the 3-day virtual event, high-level policymakers and thought leaders will discuss how innovation can help countries to future-proof their health systems, and the role of WHO in supporting them. The interactive panel sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss key topics such as innovation for healthy life course, environment for health, impact-driven solutions, and harnessing digital tools for health. 

Forum objectives: 

  1. Lay out a vision for innovation in health systems with societies adapting to the challenges of climate change, health security, ageing populations, chronic disease, and the aftermath of COVID-19
  2. Explore ways in which WHO could set up a platform to assist Member States to conceptualize innovative solutions, put them into action, apply them at scale, and sustain them

Final programme: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/wpro---documents/events/full-programme.pdf

 

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Sep
09
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   9th Sep, 2020
In India, the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) has undergone tremendous reform, addressing issues of coverage, equity and quality, and expanding the spectrum of diseases covered by introducing new...

In India, the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) has undergone tremendous reform, addressing issues of coverage, equity and quality, and expanding the spectrum of diseases covered by introducing new vaccines like pentavalent, rotavirus and IPV. While the traditional cascade model of face-to-face training has provided a valuable foundation for building the capacity of immunization workers, the model is slow to respond to rapid changes in UIP guidelines, and does not easily address the on-going learning needs of a busy health workforce unable to participate in frequent workshop-style training activities. JSI, under the overall stewardship of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, has developed Rapid Immunization Skill Enhancement (RISE), a blended-learning knowledge and skill-building package for health workers in the country. It is a user-centric model that leverages technology (mobile phone, internet) commonly accessible among the health workforce to build immunization knowledge and skills through a series of digital learning sessions. Each self-paced session is based on adult learning principles; learners achieve session objectives by engaging in a variety of audio, animated visuals, reading and interactions, including learning games and quizzes.

Between March and July 2020, RISE was piloted in 5 districts in 5 states of the country. The project targeted more than 2500 health workers; more than 80 per cent of the learners to date have completed the training package, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. With the very positive experience from the pilot, and the cordial acceptance of the model by health workers across the country, the application may be considered a “game-changer” in the arena of capacity building in the near future with immense potential of scale up not only in immunization, but across other areas in health and development sectors.

 

Please join us to discuss with some of the RISE experts.

  1.   1
Sep
07
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   7th Sep, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is moving fast. We need to go faster to do better. In our daily work, we face challenges. We do our best to figure out how to overcome them.  ...

The COVID-19 pandemic is moving fast. We need to go faster to do better.

In our daily work, we face challenges. We do our best to figure out how to overcome them. 

Every day, we need to solve problems to keep vaccination services open and safe during the pandemic.

By joining the COVID-19 Scholar Peer Hub, you will tap into the collective know-how of more than 15,000 immunization professionals from 90 countries.

  1.   2
Sep
01
  1.   1st Sep, 2020
Electronic Immunization Registries: From planning to implementation The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invites applications for the first English cohort of the certification course in E...

Electronic Immunization Registries: From planning to implementation

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invites applications for the first English cohort of the certification course in Electronic Immunization Registries (EIRs) open to all professionals supporting or willing to support the implementation of EIR-related information systems. The purpose of this course is to strengthen country capabilities by supporting the development of context-specific (country or sub-country) action planning to develop, implement, and improve EIRs.

Application deadline August 30 midnight CET

  1.   2
Sep
02
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   2nd Sep, 2020
Join Sabin Vaccine Institute's Vaccine Acceptance and Demand program and Boost Community for a virtual discussion that will center around the global issue of vaccination acceptance in the context of t...

Join Sabin Vaccine Institute's Vaccine Acceptance and Demand program and Boost Community for a virtual discussion that will center around the global issue of vaccination acceptance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique challenges presented to immunization professionals.

During the session, we will brainstorm how together we can engage and learn on these topics within the Boost community.

We look forward to discussing your questions, experiences and ideas on approaching vaccination acceptance.

  1.   1
Aug
27
  1.   27th Aug, 2020
Dear VPPN Members: We are pleased to invite you to a Knowledge Sharing Session on:  Dose Per Container: The effects of switching to 5-dose vials on vaccine procurement    In this k...

Dear VPPN Members:

We are pleased to invite you to a Knowledge Sharing Session on:

 Dose Per Container: The effects of switching to 5-dose vials on vaccine procurement 

 

In this knowledge sharing session, the key learning objectives are:

  • To discuss the comparative effects of switching from 10 to 5-dose vials of MR vaccine on vaccine coverage, wastage, dropouts, session size and frequency, storage and distribution and how this applies to other vaccines
  • To provide first-hand country experiences in shifting to 5-dose vials
  • To discuss in plenary the decision-making process in changing DPC

 

Date & Time:

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 2020 09:00 AM Copenhagen time (CET)

 

Presenters:

  • Wendy Prosser, Senior Technical Officer, Immunization Center, JSI, USA
  • Country Representative, TBC

 

Plenary Key Respondents – To be confirmed

 

Moderators:

  • Andrea Papan, VPPN, Community of Practice Manager, UNICEF
  • Loic Sanchez, Supply Officer (Immunization), Supply Division, UNICEF

 

Additional Resources:

 

PLEASE NOTE! Registration is compulsory to participate in this webinar: https://unicef.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pP39eTXCQJeL3CPkC3GtWg

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

    H.323:

    162.255.37.11 (US West)

    162.255.36.11 (US East)

    221.122.88.195 (China)

    115.114.131.7 (India Mumbai)

    115.114.115.7 (India Hyderabad)

    213.19.144.110 (EMEA)

    103.122.166.55 (Australia)

    209.9.211.110 (Hong Kong SAR)

    64.211.144.160 (Brazil)

    69.174.57.160 (Canada)

    207.226.132.110 (Japan)

    Meeting ID: 994 6518 6973

    Passcode: 119398

    SIP: [email protected]

    Passcode: 119398

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

We look forward to your participation!

Kind regards,

Andrea

 

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Aug
11
  1.   Service delivery
  2.    Public
  1.   11th Aug, 2020
Over the coming weeks, Boost members are invited to engage with Bright Spots story submitters through webinars that will highlight promising practices from selected stories. These webinars will p...

Over the coming weeks, Boost members are invited to engage with Bright Spots story submitters through webinars that will highlight promising practices from selected stories. These webinars will provide you with an opportunity to interact with and learn from your peers.

This second webinar (see details below) will feature a team from John Snow, Inc. (JSI) as they share their story of microplanning and the RED-QI approach in Sodo Zuria woreda, Ethiopia. Over the course of the session, the team will share their process, lessons learned and highlight some of the tools and approaches that may be relevant to you in your own work.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET (find local time)
HOW: Please register for the webinar here.
WHO: All Boost members are welcome to join. The content will be most relevant for immunization program staff working at the national or sub-national level.

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Aug
06
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   6th Aug, 2020
The BID Learning Network invites you to a webinar on“Data for Immunization Agenda 2030 Strategic Action Plan” Please join the BLN for webinar on “Data for the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) Strate...

The BID Learning Network invites you to a webinar on
“Data for Immunization Agenda 2030 Strategic Action Plan”

Please join the BLN for webinar on “Data for the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) Strategic Action Plan

on Thursday 6th August 2020 at 4 PM [CAT] (check your local time here).

The webinar will feature the following speakers:

  • Kirsten Gagnaire, Founder and CEO, Kati Collective;  and
  • Brooke Cutler, Vice President, Kati Collective 

The speakers will share work undertaken to date by the IA2030 Data Strategy Working Group including a summary of the methodology, process, and findings in the development of the IA2030 strategic plan.  In this interactive webinar, you will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback and help influence the overall set of actionable priorities. The consultants will also be seeking individuals that are willing to provide more detailed input as the process continues. For full webinar details, please see the attached PDF document.

Kindly register in advance for the webinar after which you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Attachment:

BLN_Webinar_IA2030_Strategic_Action_Plan.pdf

  1.   1
Aug
06
  1.   General
  2.    Public
  1.   6th Aug, 2020
Advocating at the subnational level during COVID-19 August 6, 2020 4:00-5:30 PM EAT | 9:00-10:30 AM EST The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the world around us—shifting priorities, repurposing re...

Advocating at the subnational level during COVID-19

August 6, 2020

4:00-5:30 PM EAT | 9:00-10:30 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the world around us—shifting priorities, repurposing resources, changing accountability practices, and accelerating policy development. In the absence of face-to-face interaction, the pandemic is also changing the way health advocates approach policymakers—increasingly through virtual means. Virtual engagements are often more difficult at the subnational level, excluding critical community and civil society voices in decision-making. 

As decision-making, accountability, and action is increasingly taking place subnationally, how must our 'traditional' approaches to advocating at the subnational level shift as a result of the pandemic? How can we facilitate and ensure community perspectives feed into national decision-making? How can we improve the capacity of sub-national level advocates for impactful engagement in the new normal?

We hope to explore these and more questions in the second conversation in PATH's virtual learning series: Health Advocacy in the New Normal. This series aims to catalyze conversations and exchange best practices among health advocates and policymakers by bringing together perspectives from across the African continent to reflect upon what is working and how we are evolving the practice of advocacy for impact in the health sector.

REGISTER HERE

Speakers:

Christina Chilimba, Youth Champion, Graça Machel Trust, Malawi

Dr. Andrew Mulwa, Minister for Health Services, Makueni County, Kenya

George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director, SEND-GHANA, Ghana

​Moderated by Melissa Wanda, Advocacy and Policy Officer, PATH, Kenya

With contributions from Monica Ogutu, Executive Director, Kisumu Medical and Education Trust, Kenya

This virtual discussion is a follow-up to PATH's Advocacy Learning Lab: Decentralization that was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2019.

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Aug
03
  1.   Service delivery
  2.    Public
  1.   3rd Aug, 2020
Share experience, spread ideas, and take action to keep vaccination going during the pandemic. Apply now to join the COVID-19 Scholar Peer Hub (deadline July 26 midnight CET) The COVID-19 ...

Share experience, spread ideas, and take action to keep vaccination going during the pandemic.

Apply now to join the COVID-19 Scholar Peer Hub (deadline July 26 midnight CET)

The COVID-19 pandemic is moving fast. We need to go faster to do better.

In our daily work, we face challenges. We do our best to figure out how to overcome them. 

Every day, we need to solve problems to keep vaccination services open and safe during the pandemic.

By joining the COVID-19 Scholar Peer Hub, you will tap into the collective know-how of more than 15,000 immunization professionals from 90 countries.

Join the launch event on August 3 at 5:00 PM CET (you can request an invite here)

  1.   1
Aug
05
  1.   Cold chain equipment
  2.    Public
  1.   5th Aug, 2020 - 6th Aug, 2020
The evolution of battery-less Solar Direct Drive (SDD) This interactive workshop presents the complete picture of how remote vaccine refrigeration technology has evolved, from early solar+battery sys...

The evolution of battery-less Solar Direct Drive (SDD)

This interactive workshop presents the complete picture of how remote vaccine refrigeration technology has evolved, from early solar+battery systems (which often failed) to “battery-free” solar direct drive (SDD) technology that is incredibly reliable. Learn about the new ways that solar direct drive now provides a wide variety of power to off-grid health facilities beyond just refrigeration, including cell phone charging, lighting and medical equipment and even AC power and freezing temperatures. And learn why new vaccine initiatives may require even more elaborate solutions than ever before. 

This course is available online via Zoom. Once you register for the training, you will receive login details in your confirmation email.

This webinar will be not recorded so please plan to attend it live.

Registration: https://www.solarenergy.org/courses/solar-vaccine-refrigeration-past-present-and-future/ 

  1.   2
Aug
25
  1.   25th Aug, 2020
JSI, with Gavi support, is hosting a second webinar series to build the supply chain capacity of EPI program and supply chain managers, this time focusing on building responsive immunization supply ch...

JSI, with Gavi support, is hosting a second webinar series to build the supply chain capacity of EPI program and supply chain managers, this time focusing on building responsive immunization supply chains. To be responsive, supply chains need to evolve and adapt to change, whether for a new vaccine introduction or to improve performance. By participating in the series, you will have the chance to consider how supply chain design affects performance, how to prepare for new vaccine introduction and how to manage your cold chain equipment inventory, learning from experts in the field and experiences of many countries around the world. Please find attached a description of the webinar series and the objectives for each webinar. Attendees who participate in all four webinars, either live or buy viewing the recorded webinar, will receive a certificate of participation.

The first webinar in the series is Part 1 of Immunization Supply Chain Design. It will be held on 25 August at 13:00 GMT. This webinar focuses on key supply chain design considerations. Part 2 of Immunization Supply Chain Design, which will follow in September deals specifically with immunization supply chain optimization and will feature Zambia's experience with the optimization process.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Define system design, system re-design and optimization
2. Identify the various supply chain components that need to be considered when designing an in-country immunization supply chain
3. Identify specific design considerations related to each supply chain component.

To register for the first webinar, please go to this link.


We hope you will be able to attend and look forward to our on-going discussions on strengthening immunization supply chains.  

  1.   9
Jul
23
  1.   23rd Jul, 2020
Procurement and supply chain teams are well-positioned to lead the charge against COVID-19, and therefore play an important role in Global Health Security. Equipped with industry-leading expertise and...

Procurement and supply chain teams are well-positioned to lead the charge against COVID-19, and therefore play an important role in Global Health Security. Equipped with industry-leading expertise and a powerful team, Empower is hosting a  The focus of this webinar will be on creating awareness about the role of supply chains, and how countries can build resilience against future health threats and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
Click on the link to register: https://bit.ly/empowercovidwebinar
Date: 23rd July
Time: 4:30 PM IST

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