Management of Vestfrost Equipment

Dear TechNet-21 Community, Following the WHO PQS statement on the Vestfrost investigation, please find attached guidance on the management of the equipment and vaccines. Thank you. Michelle Seidel Immunization Supply Chain, Programme Division Office: +45 45 33 56 12, Mobile : +45 30 78 76 54, E-mail:  United Nations Children’s Fund UN City,Marmovej 51,Copenhagen, Denmark Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and at 

Redesigned storage code for accommodating Rota Virus Vaccine in the 3+2 baskets [300L] Ice-lined Refrigerator in the planning units.

Dear all Routine Immunization programme is rapidly expanding in the country, more and more vaccines are included in the National Immunization Schedule [NIS] in phased manner. Rota Virus Vaccine is being introduced in Karnataka. As customary, in Dakshinakannada district, training programmes were held in 2 batches on 17th & 19th July 2019 in collaboration with WHO country office, this will be followed by training at block and planning unit level. With additional vaccines, additional cold space is required. Most of the multi dose vials have 10 or more doses e.g. 2mL OPV provides 20 doses, 5mL MR provides 10 doses, 2.5mL fIPV provides 25 doses. Currently supplied RVV is unique in the sense 5mL per vial after reconstitution has 2 doses of 2.5mL each. Hence the storage code is revised to accommodate Vaccine Vials if not the diluents. A Planning Unit in Karnataka is not having more than 30,000 populations, at 20 birth rate; estimated annual target of 0-1year children will be 600, on an average 50 per month. RVV vial requirement is 50 infants×3doses=150×1.11wmf [@90% usage] =166.5 doses +25% buffer stock=166.5+41.65 = 288.15; rounded off to 290. @ 2 doses per vial, 145 vials are needed with 145 diluents and 290 6mL oral syringes. Diluents and oral syringes can be kept outside the cold chain and required number of diluent vials need to be kept in the ILR at least 24hrs prior to the session. Karnataka has the luxury of having adequate planning units, majority do not have more than 350 children per year at least in the rural area. Author had revised the earlier storage code of 2012 designed for ILR’s with 2+1 baskets [140L] for 300L ILR with 3+2 baskets, submitted to the state government which issued official circular on 29 April 2018 to all the districts and planning units. Now, in view of above it is redesigned for operational use and submitting the draft to the government for needful. regards Dr Holla

Sharing “Dewalbari one pager”

Dear viewers Please find the attached “Dewalbari one pager” which was mailed to the Country Representative on 15th August 2012 – a dramatic & historic event in the field of routine immunization. India was consistently trying to improve full immunization coverage, declared 2012-13 as year of intensification of routine immunization. Objective was to achieve ≥90% vaccination in the selected >200 districts. Strategy was one special immunization week in 4 subsequent months. Following state meeting in the mid march 2012, all districts were asked to submit logistic requirement in just one format by 31st March 2012. It was supposed to start from April 2012 and close by July 2012. Submission of consolidated plan needs timely submission by all the Health Sub centers to the Planning units >> block >>District. Hence author reached Dewalbari HSC. Bina & Pumpum were the ANMs. Methodology was learning by doing, working together, propagation through peer education blended with sustained supportive supervision. Think globally but act locally. Blessing in disguise: Special immunization weeks need special money. There was delay in the release of fund and the launch was delayed. We utilized this window period. We enumerated all those who were born since 01 April 2010 and prepared session wise specific micro-plan which automatically yielded specific due children. Ours was a zero budget programme but did intensification of routine session itself. End result: on 28th July, 4th Saturday after the last session by 5 PM ANM Bina gave the breaking news of the end result. “Sir; Dewalbari is IRI free”.  It was one of the happiest moment for me in the last >30 years of working for RI. I took some time to analyze the data and published “Dewalbari one pager” one of the simplest and the greatest surest way of achieving >95% FIC and complete immunization in just 4 months through reugular session itself. Later we published article on IRI simulation study. On the same line we did Mission Indradhanush simulation study and was disseminated. Both the studies proved that through a proper simplest tool (Extended Immunogram as of now) and the methodology of learning by doing, working together, propagation through peer education blended with sustained supportive supervision any area in the country can attain and sustain very high vaccination coverage as this promotes regular session to all time mission mode as this is non tiring. Hope India will achieve and sustain the goal of Global Vaccine action plan by Aug 2020. happy reading  Holla n team  

VVM Chart as a Job-Aid for Display

Dear viewers After seeing VVM in discard stage much prior to expiry date both in the store and at the service point, our team thought of developing a job-aid for display in the vaccination clinic for IEC, educating nursing / medical students, interns, post graduates, beneficiaries, care takers while delivering vaccination services. We have taken the pictures of available vaccines in India. If any other vaccine has VVM in India, it may please be incorporated. "It is a sticker with a central square containing a heat sensitive chemical and a fixed reference color ring for matching. On exposing to heat outside the critically set temperature of 2 to 80C, square irreversibly & gradually turns darker; merging with the outer ring indirectly indicates discard point matching with loss of potency of the vaccine. Based on heat sensitivity of the vaccines, 4 types of VVMs are innovated, placed on flip of the cap for BCG, MR, JE, RVV multi dose and on the label of HepB, OPV, Rotavac single dose, Pentavac, IPV, DPT, TT, Td. Beneficiaries have right to information; service providers can show the vaccine with useable VVM to the care takers to gain their confidence for better community participation." Happy reading and suggestions from the viewers Holla n Team  

Access Immunization Academy Video Lessons in French

Dear colleagues,   Immunization Academy would like to share some exciting news with the TechNet community.  As of July 2019, all 94 video lessons are available in French. With the complete catalogue of free video lessons now available in French, Swahili, and English, we hope that Immunization Academy will be accessible to an even broader audience.   As you may know, Immunization Academy launched in summer of 2017 to provide short, how-to video lessons for immunization professionals on topics such as cold chain, data monitoring, vaccine delivery, and more. We now have 33,000 learners in 195 countries.  Use Immunization Academy to:  Refresh your skills in your moment of need - Immunization Academy is free and accessible on any device  Download videos to watch offline  - You can learn and share knowledge with others without using cellular data or WiFi  Improve the performance of team members - Provide on-the-job training through quick, targeted video lessons  Learn a new skill - Create an account to save your favorite videos and build video playlists  We are currently working on adding new video topics and features that will make the learning experience even better for users around the globe. In the meantime, please share any suggestions you have directly with 
Alice Bumgarner 
Director, Immunization Academy 

What Collaborative tool do you use?

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Hey there how are you all today? I'm not sure if i’ve got permission this time to get out of the basement to post this but lets just keep it between you and I and to be fair i needed my yearly dose of Vitamin D.  For those of you that don’t know who i am My name is Alex Lee and i’ve been the website administrator behind TechNet for the last six years, i’m also the tech guy running around like a headless chicken during the conference live streaming you all.  Any how back to why i’m posting. While i'm  absorbing some vitamin D, I’m also in the middle of brainstorming how to make the Network area of TechNet a better collaborative tool for you. Let me start at the beginning and break down what you can currently do in the Network area. For those of you who are on facebook and use it, that is basically what we have. We have our own Facebook installed on our servers, what i mean by that is you have basically all the options as facebook does,  A profile you can update, Create groups, Create Events, Instant message, a newsfeed to stay up to with what’s been going on , find new contacts and a whole lot more.  Now that’s all great and stuff, but if I think about what the Website is for from an outsider looking in, it's to continue the discussions that take place at the conference AND to act as a tool to facilitate collaborating together so that people can work all together on their common projects or priorities. This is my personal view or at least what I believe the website should be used for based on my 6 years working with TechNet The main area i’m focusing on at the moment is the way our Groups work. Right now the current state of the groups is more of a Social group than a Collaborative Group tool. What i would really like is to let you have the ability to work on documents, create reports and maybe have the ability to create tasks and milestones for your different projects and to make it the easiest place for you all to collaborate together internally, but before i implement all of  that i need to  understand what you currently use to collaborate together.  For example, Let's say you're working on a report for your project(s) to give to funders or management, how would you currently work together on it? What systems do you use, do you just use word and send via email or do you use a collaborative tool like google docs, MS team sites, 365 office groups, Yammer… etc.?  The reason I’m asking is because I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, there is no point, it’s 2019, the technology is already out there and doesn’t need to be reinvented, but if i do want to make TechNet a safe and easy place for you to collaborate together, I do need to figure out a way to integrate your favourite tools in to the groups area. That's about it otherwise i’m going to end up looking like a sun dried tomato if i stay out to long (an English man sneaking out from the basement … in the sun… not a good combo. :-) any how Stay healthy have a a great day and thanks in advance for your inputs. keep in mind this is to make your life as easy as possible when you are on TechNet so don’t be shy!!  Alex Lee

Avez-vous un intérêt pour les registres numériques de vaccination (RNV)?

La Fondation Apprendre Genève a le plaisir d'annoncer le lancement par l'Organisation pan-américaine de la Santé (OPS) de son programme Scholar, avec un cours inaugural en espagnol sur le thème des registres numériques de vaccination (RNV). Si vous souhaitez suivre ce cours en anglais ou en français, nous vous invitons à déclarer votre intérêt. Accédez au formulaire… Veuillez partager cette invitation avec vos collègues et réseaux de confiance. Lorsque vous enregistrez votre déclaration d'intérêt, le lien pour télécharger la publication "Registre numériques de vaccination: considérations pratiques pour la planification, le développement, la mise en œuvre et l'évaluation, 2018" (en anglais) s'affiche à l'écran. Si vous parlez espagnol ou travaillez avec des hispanophones, vous trouverez l'annonce complète du cours et le dossier de candidature via ce lien. Cliquez ici pour déclarer votre intérêt pour la version française…

Are you interested in Electronic Immunization Registries (EIR)?

  We are pleased to announce that the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has just launched its Scholar programme with an inaugural course in Spanish on the topic of electronic immunization registries (EIR). If you would be interested in taking this course in English or in French, please complete this form to express your interest. Upon registering your interest, the link to download the publication “Electronic Immunization Registry: Practical Considerations for Planning, Development, Implementation and Evaluation, 2018” will be displayed on your screen. If you are a Spanish speaker or work with Spanish speakers, you will find the full course announcement via this link. Please share this call for expressions of interest with your trusted colleagues and networks.

Observance of World Breast feeding week

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Dear all  For disseminating and practicing this years theme "Empower Parents, Enable breast feeding", KVG Medical college team observed breast feeding week.  Beast milk, colostrum in particular is considered as the “First Vaccination” by nature. Dr Savitha Satyaprasad, Professor & head of the department of pediatric dentistry from KVG Dental College explained the disadvantages of bottle feeding. Dr Bhavya from Obstetrics & Gynecology department, Dr Niveditha from Pediatric department, Dr Holla from PSM department of KVG Medical College blended with nursing students from KVG nursing college delivered the important messages through skit, lecture demonstration, video to the general public – the attendants of mothers who delivered the babies, nursing students, Medical students, nursing staff, local ASHAs & ANMs, AMO of Block Hospital, Block Medical Officer of Sullia. Dr KV Chidananda, Director of KVG Medical College delivered presidential address. The programme started with invocation by Dr Aishwarya, Introduction by Dr Geetha Doppa, MC’d by Dr Krithi Bhat, key note address, selecting & announcing the winners of poster competition by Dr AG Kulakarni – HOD, P&SM, vote of thanks by Dr Shashikala of PSM department. During the Ante natal checkup, pregnant women visit dedicated vaccination clinic for receiving Td vaccine, either 2 doses with minimum 4 weeks interval or one booster dose as per the situation. This gives an opportunity for the vaccination service delivery staff(s) to personally communicate all key messages which include proper examination of the breast during regular ante natal check up,  consumption of green leafy vegetables, adequate safe drinking water, personal hygiene, proper sanitation, early breast feeding, proper holding of the infant while feeding, exclusive breast feeding, continuation of breast feeding up to two years, newborn vaccination, routine immunization, well baby clinic, family welfare methods – throughout the year. Wish you happy reading Holla n Team  


La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) le invita a postular al primer grupo del Curso de Certificación Nivel 1 sobre Planeación, Implementación y Evaluación del Registro de Vacunación Electrónico. Este curso digital interactivo en español (el curso en inglés se ofrecerá posteriormente) está dirigido a funcionarios del Programa Ampliado de Inmunización (PAI) y Administradores de Datos vinculados a los Ministerios de Salud a nivel nacional y regional, a los funcionarios de PAI de OPS de las sedes del país y de las agencias asociadas. Animamos al personal de vacunación que participe directamente en las actividades de registro de vacunación electrónico y que esté dispuesto a innovar en temas relacionados con la recolección de datos de vacunación, la calidad de los mismos y su utilización. La sesión informativa sobre este curso se llevará a cabo el 20 de agosto de 2019 a las 2 p.m. EST. Se recomienda encarecidamente a los solicitantes y otras partes interesadas que asistan. Cuando: Martes 20 de agosto de 2019 a las 2 p.m. EST (Hora en su ubicación) Enlace de registro:  Anuncio detallado (favor leer detenidamente antes de postular al curso): FECHA LIMITE: 28 de agosto del 2019   Sólo los solicitantes admitidos recibirán una Carta de Aceptación por correo electrónico de parte de la OPS. Favor dirigir sus preguntas o comentarios a

Organizational Design for Public Health Supply Chains (Final Draft for Comments)

Dear all, We are happy to share a new publication called Organizational Design for Public Health Supply Chains. We welcome feedback on the final draft from the community before final publishing and wider dissemination. You can view the document here: With increasing focus on coordination, collaboration and capacities within the public health supply chain space at the country level, there is a growing need for innovative and contextualized approaches led by skilled and competent workforce. Countries are taking concrete steps to strengthen ownership and sustainability of their public health supply chain system through financing, system improvements and re-engineering, including having dedicated supply chain/logistics roles and departments established within the ministry, programmes and projects. In response to country requests, UNICEF, with support from GAVI, has put together a practical guide to support country teams in the organizational design process. This guidance forms part of the country support package. While we do not intend to be prescriptive, this guidance can be contextualized to support decision-making and actions when creating new organizational structures, job descriptions and performance improvement approaches. It also provides templates and tools to support the immunization and health programmes in countries to ensure seamless supply chain operations for last-mile delivery and visibility. Contents Framework for effective organizations from the human capacity lens Country interventions linked to organizational design Assessing programmatic and organizational targets Defining HR requirements Organizational design for supply chains Gender-friendly organizational design Country case studies Developing and maintaining job descriptions Standard Competencies for Immunization – vaccine supplies and logistics HR capacity and performance strengthening Managing performance using coaching and mentoring Sample templates of organograms and job descriptions for supply/logistics systems You can view the document here: For more information and enquiries, do contact: Adebayo Adekola | Email:

India – Strengthening Urban Immunization is Need of Time & action plan to reduce inequities and improve coverage

India – Strengthening Urban Immunization is Need of Time & action plan to reduce inequities and improve coverage India is making efforts to increase full immunization coverage by designing various strategies as Special immunization campaigns as Missions Indradhanush due to observed slow growth from past trends. Though efforts are being done at various level for improvement still there is not equity among various fronts as Urban vs Rural, Poor vs Rich, educated vs Illiterate, states vs Union Territories, and issue of inequities is observed among different platforms. Still mostly one major front always remains neglected i.e. difference rate at which immunization coverage in Urban and Rural areas is improving, this can be seen with the help of figure below. As per UN world urbanization report 2018 India’s 34% population is living in Urban areas, and it will be around 60% by year 2030. Currently we can see growth in immunization coverage in urban areas compared to Rural is slow as Rural coverage increased from 39% to 61 %(i.e. growth of 22%) whereas Urban coverage growth from 58% to 64%(i.e. 6% only) So now it becomes most important to review current efforts taken to focus more on Urban population as these are not so much helping in current scenario and ways to improve Urban immunization coverage. In India main Immunization related activities are as same as Rural areas in term of planning and reporting. Though it seems that India is focusing to improve Urban immunization coverage but on reality there are many shortcomings/weakness/barriers in system as below: - • NUHM is formed and constituted with budget allocation. In year 2018-2019 the allocation for National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) has increased by 34% at Rs 875 crore BUT The allocation for the funding pool for immunization has decreased by 30%. * (Source: Demand Nos. 42 & 43, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Union Budget 2018-19, PRS.) • Though allocation of FHW (Female health worker-ANM) post are filled in most of urban areas, there areas demarcation for responsibility allocation in term of immunization activities is uncertain and not as per need, so most of the beneficiaries needs to visit Urban headquarter hospitals for Vaccination services. • Though ANM /FHW are there but a crucial link between FHW/ANM and community i.e Accredited Social Health Worker (ASHA), who were appointed for community mobilization and tracking of children at community level is missing in urban areas because of Policy decision (Only some slums were given Urban ASHA/USHA) • So as in rural area there is 1 ASHA /1000 Population, for tracking of beneficiaries and their mobilization to vaccination site, Urban areas are lacking. Currently Urban areas have been given 1-4 ASHA for only selected areas, though Population ranges from 25 thousand to 10 Lakh (In some metros around 50 lakhs to 1 Crore). • Also, as most of the beneficiaries have to visit Urban /District headquarter hospitals for vaccination so area wise due list is not available with FHW/ANM, and so not able to track dropouts or left outs. No mobilization /sensitization is done in urban areas, beneficiaries are expected to come for vaccination on their own knowledge and judgments. • No record of vaccination from private practioners in Most of the urban areas. • Focus only given to some major areas where vaccination sites are already planned as per previous years planning, no revisions being done to modify Micro plans for Urban areas form past many years • ANM /FHW which are posted in Urban areas are mostly dealing with Communicable disease reporting and other programs there is shortage of workdays for Immunization as in most of the states FHW is dedicated to do only 3-4 Immunization sessions in One month, so most of the areas are labelled as TAGGED with Vaccination sites on Paper for microplanning reporting purpose only to show all areas are covered • Also timing and far distant vaccination sites due to poor microplanning continuing from past many years in most of the Urban areas not feasible for beneficiaries to travel for too far vaccination sites is Urban areas, as most of the parents are of working communities i.e 8 am to 5 pm but /and timing of vaccination is 9 am to 2 pm \ • Though data is available for analysis of coverage and which is clearly showing no much growth in immunization coverage, no concrete plans have been decided as Urban task forces are not being conducted at various levels regularly (National/State/District), and mostly on paper without any string decisions. • Regarding campaigns under Mission Indradhanush, as there were NO ASHA’s in Most of the urban areas (Except few Urban Slums Named as USHA) for due listing and tracking of children’s, Mission Indradhanush was not helpful as sessions were not planed as per requirement, so ANM planed sessions at regular session site and timing with having “0” or 1 to 2 regular beneficiaries, so overall DROPOUT and LEFT OUT remains as it was. Opportunities in current context I would like to suggest as follows • Policy changes: - In term of HR/ Manpower/Budget allocation dedicated for Urban Immunization, along with use of DIGITAL tools and apps to track vaccination services in urban areas. • Supportive Supervision: - Supervisory network for Immunization to be trained for supportive supervisions with help of standard training modules • Monitoring: - Monitoring of activities related to Urban immunization to be done by Partners as WHO /UNICEF etc. and inputs to be shared • Evaluation: -Regular Urban task force with active participation from agencies working in Urban areas to be done and should be evaluated for progress at all levels with proper documentations of issues identified and action planed and follow ups. Mode of conducting these activities and reason for selection can be discussed as follows: - Identification of beneficiaries ‘and due listing- In Urban context through LQAS in identified States and Urban areas based on available recent coverage evaluation surveys as NHFS, RCM etc. and with use of due listing and mapping through digital tools (Mobile Apps/maps etc.) Policy change – Advocacy through Urban Task forces regularly at all levels with its tracking specially for advocating need for special community mobilisers in Urban areas same as of Rural (Accredited Social Health Activist ASHA/ Urban ASHA)-Same can be done with help of identified man powers of other Urban NGO’s and ICDS (Integrated Child Development services) Departments workers i.e. AWW- Anganwadi workers0 also to support communication and mobilization for RI sessions. Also, policy changes for HR recruitment and sufficient budgeting to make accordingly. Planning and implementation of Special Vaccination Campaign /activity yearly for selected Urban areas (In 14 states and 7 Metro Urban areas having population over 1 crore) for Due listing, communication and Mobilization of beneficiaries’ (I would like to name it -CMCI Communication and mobilization campaign for Immunization -More details can be obtained from ) Supportive supervision by in charge Government officers at various level with quality monitoring by Partners as WHO, UNICEF etc. and using surveillance data available and monitoring findings to improve quality of activities undergoing

Cameroonian Scholar Alumni on the Road to Impact for better Immunization Outcomes

After it all began... The month of July has been a very busy month for Scholars of both the French and English speaking cohorts in Cameroon. Throghout this month EPI activities at all levels of the health pyramid have been colored and flavored by the dynamism of the over 50 scholars scattered all over the national territory. It all began on the Thursday July 04, 2019 when the Permanent Secretary of the Central Technical Group for the Expanded Program on Immunization recognized Scholar Alumni during the EPI National Monitoring meeting by handing over their certificates to those present. That was the first mile engaged on the course to IMPACT and since then the Scholar Cameroon team has all but accelerated. With renewed enthusiasm and engagement we set out to build a strong country team, based on the guidance from the scholar team. Cameroon is a particular country because we have the opportunity to have two country groups because of our bilingual nature. I see this as an opportunity and not a threat that we can build on. We get to enjoy the best of both worlds (English and French of course!!!) So far, what have we achieved?  We have been able to set up a national EPI team recognized by the National EPI Technical Group  Held 4/4 weekly country team meetings within the four weeks of the launch pad on skype 8 out of 10 Regions in Cameroon have functional Scholar groups that have met and have a designated team leader All the two English speaking Regions of the North West and South West have prsented their projects to their Regional Delegates of Public Health The country is working on implementing a common GRISP project that is currently under review Based on the security challenges plaguing our two English speaking Regions they are working on common projects tailored with implementation strategies that will enable them to reach more children with immunization services Individual scholars have taken steps towards implementing their projects especially those who did the GRISP level 1 and level 2 courses Every opportunity we have had this month, we have used to contaminate others with the scholar spirit annd this has enabled us to get over 100 personnel at all levels of the health pyramid to apply for this fall's WHO Scholar Course on Data Improvement Planning What have we learnt? It is often said that to go fast, you should go alone, but to go far you should walk with others, but we have realised with the impact accelerator that with good organization, together we can actually go further and at a faster pace. More over, working together is more satisfying than working alone. We have moved from being theoritical to being concrete and practical,  engaged in getting measurable results. This matters to us because we are driven by a pledge for IMPACT that we have made with the sole goal of making a difference as far as reducing immunization inequities and improving immunization coverage is concerned. We have embarked on a course that can only gain momentum and pick up speed as time goes on until every child has received all the vaccines they need.

Updating for Keeping Pace with current Practice

Dear all During the routine visits to Medical Colleges, opportunistic proactive supportive supervision was provided which helps in updating the practices on the spot to keep pace with the current schedule. It also gives an opportunity to share the successful interventions through on the spot rectification and presentations. This being opportunistic and voluntary - it is a zero budget activity which anybody can do. Attached is one such example happened on 17 July 2019. Wish you happy reading Holla     

Nigeria Ex-Scholars Accelerating towards Impact

Nigeria EX-Scholars on the way to creating lasting impact WHO Scholar program a learning approach to bring sharing new innovations and intervention guideline to improving immunization system all over the globe has been widely received by Nigerians and other scholars in different countries across the globe. The WHO Scholar Program have deepen our knowledge in immunization system and how to improve in immunizations coverages in our different context and further creating lasting impact. In fact we now thinking differently outside the box towards bringing innovative ideas and strategies that will improve immunization program quality and coverage. This has been possible through having different learning methodology like the open webinars, short videos by experience course contributors from WHO, UNICEF, CDC etc, peer review process, sharing of guidelines by course team, whatsup platform, and other platform created by the Geneva Learning Foundation. Nigeria Ex-scholars who have completed one or more of the WHO Scholar courses have come together to meet digitally to brainstorm on the way forward towards implementation of the courses they have learn so far. They have decided to take a holistic approach towards Impact accelerators exercise, by this approach they have decided to harmonized all projects from the different courses such as Immunization coverage survey, Data Improvement plan, using Global Routine Immunization strategy practice to improve coverage, and reducing inequity and improving coverage into 4 harmonized documents with actionable recommendation and simplified strategies. Nigeria Ex-scholars have decided to go beyond learning, acquiring of certificate to creating lasting impact in the world of immunization in her country and globally, that will have significant impact in improving immunization coverage and strengthen Health system. This is an innovation!. Nigeria Ex-Scholars are leading the way for other countries’ scholars to follow, this is becoming more interesting because of high level of commitment and enthusiasm that have been seen by Nigeria ex-scholars and others towards impact acceleration. We continue to brace up until we make impact. Bravo to Nigerians Ex-scholars

Some of the things that I did to turn My project into action and result in my district.

Having successfully completed the GRISP Level 1 certification course in routine immunization planning. WHO impact accelerator team call for urgent need to implement the project I developed through the course, titled: "Nigeria-invest in a tailored strategy that identify under vaccinated and unvaccinated persons and regularly provide them with the vaccines they need", to turn the project into action and result in Madobi local government area of Kano state as My district of implementation. Attached are resource and materials I developed and use to help me brought all partners on board and supportive during the implementation exercise. 

New Guide about EHR in Library Section

Dear colleagues Available in Library section a new guide named "Buy, Build, or Adapt: How to Decide?: A Guide to Open Source Electronic Health Records (EHRs)". It's not specific about immunization information systems but, as you know, Electronic Health Records includes vaccinations records and epidemiological data. This guide has been published by Inter-American Development Bank in English and Spanish (Here is the link for Spanish download Best regards Daniel Otzoy

Extended monitoring and Supportive Supervision

Dear all Please find the attached which is not new for the techNet community as cold chain, VVM were repeatedly discussed in this forum but in reality the attached is happening as an evergreen programmatic adverse event in practice widening immunity gap specially in the high income group which is preventable through known approaches for effective intervention. best wishes KVG team

Total Cost of Ownership tool for cold chain equipment (v1.7) is now available to download

We are happy to announce the latest version of the Total Cost of Ownership tool for cold chain equipment (v1.7) is now available to download and use. If you have been using an earlier version of the tool, please download the latest version from the *new* link below.   Version 1.7 of the TCO tool contains all PQS pre-qualified equipment as of July 2019 and is available in English and French. Version 1.7 includes a new filter by energy source and type of CCE option which allows users to filter by power (solar, mains, passive) as well as type, such as refrigerator versus refrigerator and freezer combination units.  More walk in cold and freezer rooms have also been added to the tool along with the ability to filter for CCEOP eligible equipment and storage segment needs.  If you have any questions or would like training/demos please email Matt Morio  

Videos: Useful in ILR-DF & Voltage Stabilizer Training

Dear friends, Greetings from National Cold Chain Resource Centre,India!!!!!!! Would like to introduce NCCRC in brief. It is joint initiative of GoMH, MoHFW - GoI & UNICEF and with its technical mandate in support of immunization programme,largely instrumental in developing skills of Cold Chain Technicians and other immunization staff on managing & expanding technical supply chain & training infrastructure and its management, In view of this,delighted to share with you a key initiative to further strengthen the capacity of cold chain technicians on repair and maintenance of cold chain equipments.NCCRC with support from MoHFW-India and UNICEF have developed a hands-on film dealing with various components while repairing equipmentsThe films covers use of checklist/undertaking/major repairs including voltage stabilizer.  The concept behind developing these films is to act like a ready reckoner while repairing an equipment. The technician can actually play these films on his mobile and get reminded of any step that he is missing or to correct himself. The films and available on YouTube and can easily be shared on WhatsApp.The YouTube links are as mentioned below:   Sincerely hoping that you will like the film and bring it into use for strengthening the cold chain system under immunization programme. Thanks & Regards, Yogesh S Bhamare,
National Cold Chain Resource Centre (NCCRC), Pune,
(A Joint Initiative of Govt. of India, Govt. of Maharashtra and UNICEF), 
8, Kennedy Road, Naidu Hospital Compound,Pune-411001 (INDIA),
Mobile:- +91-9423531752/+91-9762670711,
Telefax:- +91-20-26058266

Pourquoi devons-nous planifier à l'avance les enquêtes de couverture post-campagne?

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur ce point et sur d’autres aspects importants des enquêtes sur la couverture vaccinale post-campagne (ECV post-campagne), nous vous invitons à visionner les diapositives et à visionner l’enregistrement vidéo du webinaire qui s’est déroulé le 15 juillet 2019 ici. Aussi, nous vous invitons à rejoindre le groupe des ECV en vous enregistrant sur TechNet et en suivant le lien La conversation du webinaire continue et vous pouvez également poser toutes vos questions ou vous entre aider sur le sujet sur le forum du groupe ECV en cliquant sur l'onglet "discussions" - ou en cliquant directement sur - puis en cliquant sur le bouton "new discussion".  Une fois dans le groupe, vous aurez accès à plusieurs ressources utiles disponibles ici: Cordialement Carolina

WHO/Europe vacancies

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Vacancies are currently open for two positions in the Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization team at WHO/Europe, focusing on: Immunization and VPD Surveillance Data Vaccine Quality and Safety Application deadline: 29 July 2019

Vaccination Record - A passive Monitoring Tool

Dear all Vaccination records from private vaccination service providers give us very good opportunities to passively monitor the quality of the service in terms of timeliness and completeness. Monitoring observations are shared with the specific service provider, corresponding government planning unit, stakeholders of both the sectors for appropriate actions. The recent CME workshop arranged by native district IAP in collaboration with Government and WHO country office titled “Confusion to Clarity” is an example of proactive purposive approach by the private sector. Hope the attached one of the several qualitative examples will make it much clearer and justify the CME workshop, providing documentary evidence to replicate and scale up similar workshops in all districts and state level.   Being passive monitoring, this is a zero budget programme which all dedicated vaccination clinics can easily do, helping to improve the quality of service delivery to attain the goals and objectives of RI programme. Best wishes Dr Holla KVG Medical College   

OPEN WEBINAR- 15/07/2019 - Enquêtes de couverture vaccinale post-campagne (après une ASV) - en français

L’événement: Enquêtes de couverture vaccinale post-campagne (après une ASV) Lundi 15 juillet 2019 à 16 heures de Genève (vérifier l'heure)
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Une ASV est toute activité vaccinale conduite en plus des services de vaccination systématique.

Les enquêtes de couverture vaccinale post-campagne: Quelles sont leurs spécificités? Comment utiliser le Manuel de référence de l’OMS pour les enquêtes de couverture vaccinale par sondage en grappes afin de mieux les préparer? Quelles sont les nouvelles ressources disponibles pour améliorer leur qualité? Avec la participation de:  Dr. Carolina Danovaro (OMS) Dr. Mamadou Diallo (UNICEF) Dr. David Koffi (ADS) et Dr. Carol Tevi-Benissan (OMS) Cet événement est ouvert à tous, sans condition. Il sera également diffusé via Facebook Live sur cette page.   Cliquez ici pour participer à l'événement…

Decommissioning of old and obsolete CCE

Dear TechNet-21 community, As most of you know, countries are focusing on the cold chain expansion, but disposal of old & obsolete cold chain equipment are also one of the identified gaps. Due to this fact we are planning to work on it, could you share with us country experience or guideline on the decommissioning of old and obsolete CCE?  Thanks, Henok


My name is Abdullahi Umar an Immunization Information System and coverage specialist, working with African Field Epidemiology Network deployed to Borno State, Nigeria with the main purpose of supporting the state on the Implementation of DHIS2.

Impact of cross learning visit and retro visit - a mini successful model

Dear viewers KVG team wishes to share the "mini" successful story of one page with photos for information. Cross learning visit to an established "Demo-Site", practicing the acquired operational knowledge in the home institution on returning, retro visit for further fine tuning is one of the simplest, surest public health interventions in rapidly scaling up / replicating right practices for the successful outcome of a programme.  Attached is "mini" example.  Way forward: Opportunities to expand the benefit to wider geographical area in the state and the country.  With warm regards Holla n Team       

CME on Confusion to clarity in child Immunization

Narayana Holla Publié dans :
Dear all  I wish to share the highlights of above CME held today (30-06-2019) by the IAP Dakshinakannad as felt need in association with District Health and Family Welfare officer, SMO WHO country office Mangaluru, KVG Medical College, Yenepoya Medical College, KVG Medical College Sullia, ~78 participants - mainly private practitioners. wish you happy reading Holla  

Frequency of Outreach Vaccination efforts

What is a typical frequency of outreach operations for EPI vaccinations? Monthly, quarterly, every six months, annually? Are there any prescribed standards for this? On a related note, are outreach operations typically scheduled at the same locations or do they shift these from place to place? Thanks for any pointers.

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RAMZI OUHICHI Publié dans :
Hello Any idea about the next meeting Technet 21 : Dates, country? Best Regards  Ramzi 

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