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World Immunization Week 2022  #LongLifeForAll

Welcome to the new Immunization @JSI, a quarterly newsletter focused on the global immunization work happening at JSI. For several decades, vaccines have helped to prevent diseases and keep populations healthy. JSI is committed to assisting countries to build equitable and strong health systems that support people’s well-being. In recognition of World Immunization Week, our inaugural edition highlights examples of our work in immunization and demonstrates how vaccination gives an opportunity for a #LongLifeForAll.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Seeing Old Problems through a New Lens: Recognizing and Addressing Gender Barriers to Equitable Immunization

The MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity project will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 27 from 8:30 am–10 am EDT to discuss the growing global movement to build capacity, commitment, and confidence of country-level implementers to develop and implement strategies to overcome gender-related barriers. Register for the webinar!

All Things Zero-Dose 2.0: A Conversation on How Far We've Come

Join a cross-MOMENTUM ‘fireside chat’ on LinkedIn Live, Friday, April 28 from 8–10 am EDT, to learn how the Commitment to Immunizing Zero-Dose Children framework has been implemented to identify and reach missed communities; understand perceptions of immunization among under-served communities, and detail cost-effective strategies to reach these children. Tune in to the event.

SAVING LIVES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

Community Leaders in DRC Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations

The MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity project engaged community leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo to increase vaccine confidence and uptake in religious communities. In partnership with MOMENTUM, La Plateforme des Églises de Réveil organized training sessions for 240 pastors in Kinshasa to prepare them to speak about COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more.

Using Door-to-Door Vaccination to Stop Polio in Northern Uganda

Our USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango project collaborated with the Ministry of Health to keep the Lango Sub-region of northern Uganda polio-free by vaccinating children under 5 years of age during challenging circumstances like COVID-19 lockdowns. Read the story.

LONG LIFE THROUGH LIFE-COURSE VACCINATION

Mitigating COVID-19 around the World

Since the emergence of COVID-19, we have supported over 30 countries to prepare their health systems, including supply chains, to receive and distribute vaccines. Explore this interactive map, which describes how countries and JSI programs are working to ensure safe and equitable vaccination.

RTS,S Malaria Vaccine, a Promising Tool in Malaria Prevention

Our immunization experts examine the recent WHO recommendation for the RTS,S vaccine to prevent malaria among children in areas in sub-Saharan Africa that have moderate to high transmission. Based on our expertise introducing vaccines and increasing coverage and equity, we describe how to prioritize endemic areas and vulnerable populations for the RTS,S vaccine roll-out. Learn more.

Vaccine HPV Supplement Features Journal Articles by JSI Staff

A recent Vaccine supplement, “​​Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Introduction in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries: Programmatic Successes and Challenges” features four articles authored by JSI staff rom multiple countries who have experience with HPV vaccine introduction. Check out the supplement.

EQUITY IN IMMUNIZATION

On the Front Lines Inspiring Community COVID-19 Vaccinations in Zambia

As the regional director of the Copperbelt Province for the USAID Supporting an AIDS Free Era Project, Dr. Adrian Moyo used his expertise with HIV to convince community members, religious groups, and colleagues in the health sector to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Read the story.

Improving Routine Immunization Programs in Urban Areas

Improving Routine Immunization Programs in Urban Areas

Our interventions for urban settings are building sustainable and equitable immunization systems around the world. In DRC, JSI has been providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to design and implement strategies to reduce the number of zero-dose and under-vaccinated children. In Haiti, JSI increased pentavalent 3 coverage from 26.3% to 73% in high-risk urban communities in Port-au-Prince; decreased the number of zero-dose children from 6,000 to 1,050; and decreased average caregiver waiting time in facilities from 139 minutes to 50 minutes.

IMMUNIZATION SUPPLY CHAINS

Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform Evaluation

The Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP) ensures that optimal vaccine equipment is available in low- and middle-income countries. JSI led a study in Guinea, Kenya, and Pakistan that identified successes and opportunities for improvement in the CCEOP structure. Learn more.

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