1. Anupa Mariam George
  2. la chaîne d'approvisionnement et de la logistique
  3. jeudi 12 février 2015
Systematic Routine Remote Temperature monitoring: are we ready? Minutes and documents from the Remote Temperature Monitoring workshop, Zanzibar, 4 – 6 November 2014 Remote Temperature Monitoring Technology is recommended to be used at Central Store locations and has been deployed there for the last years. However, data from the EVM Assessments show that this technology is not very widely adopted. Furthermore, as the technology is evolving rapidly and new innovations suggest that the technology is becoming more affordable in the coming years, we asked ourselves in the workshop a few important questions:
  • Is the current technology “the best we can do”? Is it really meeting the expectations and user needs?
  • Is there a role for using remote temperature monitoring devices to monitor fridges at sub-national levels? What would a target product profile look like?
  • What infrastructure, data and management systems need to be in place to ensure the benefits of this innovation can be reaped?
  • What guidance and tools need to be in place to support governments to make evidence based decisions about which type of technology to adapt?
  • What data standards need to be put in place to ensure convergence / interoperability of different management systems?
  • What have we learned about implementation to date? What best practices can be summarized?
23 participants from CHAI, MOH Zanzibar, Nexleaf, PATH, Technical University of Denmark, UNICEF, Village Reach, WHO and the Ministry of Health of Tanzania / Zanzibar participated in a workshop over three days in Zanzibar. Please find the meeting minutes and key presentations attached. Selective Highlights: Currently only two products are WHO pre-qualified, but a detailed landscape analysis from UNICEF suggests that there are many more products available that could potentially be PQS pre-qualified. Regarding implementation: there is only limited documentation on products, rollout procedures and handover procedures available. Even though the installation of the devices is relatively simple, many challenges arise with the calibration and activation of alarms and human responses to those alarms. The group clarified that an investment in remote temperature monitoring technology needs to be accompanied by a strong investment into developing data systems (to capture and analyze the data from the devices) and management systems (i.e. SOPs, clarification of roles and responsibilities, capacity building,…). The work of the working groups will be ongoing aiming to provide a comprehensive documentation package/practical guidance on remote temperature monitoring that will be shared before the Technet meeting of May 2015.
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