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Les inscriptions pour la 15ème Conférence TechNet sont ouvertes

Chers membres de la communauté TechNet, Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que les inscriptions pour la 15ème Conférence TechNet sont ouvertes ! A cette occasion, nous avons lancé le site Internet de la 15ième Conférence TechNet, dont voici le lien : http://www.technet-21.org/fr/home/technet-conference/2017 Le site sera régulièrement mis à jour avec les dernières informations en lien avec le thème de la conférence cette année : « Construire la prochaine génération de chaînes d’approvisionn...

Register Now - Workshop on Promoting Access to Medicines - Geneva - 24-28 July 2017

​​DATE: 24th-28th July, 2017VENUE: Geneva, Switzerland Empower is organizing the ​2nd International Workshop on “HOW GLOBAL HEALTH ORGANISATIONS PROMOTE ACCESS TO MEDICINES”​ in Geneva, Switzerland. This workshop with the study tour is scheduled from 24th-28th July, 2017. ​​This workshop is a platform to understand how the Global Health Leaders promote Access to Medicines with a focus on Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory & Market Shaping. We have arranged for field visits and sess...

“VaccineSafe” Vs Conventional Ice-Lined Refrigerator (ILR).

Dear viewers - sharing the following for needful Universally it is very well known that vaccination is one of the most cost effective public health programme from control to eradication of Vaccine Preventable diseases. Public sector is provided with proper cold chain equipments, periodic training blended with monitoring & supportive supervision. National Immunization Schedule (NIS) is expanding; included IPV, Rota, MR, JE and Pneumococcal is the next candidate vaccine. Vaccines of NIS have Vac...

Job opportunity - offre d'emploi

L'AMP recherche un coordinateur technique, chargé de la mise en place d'une étude d'impact sur le changement de présentation d'un vaccin monodose en présentation multidose. Le poste, basé à Abidjan, est à pourvoir rapidement. Si vous, ou quelqu'un que vous connaissez, êtes intéressé par ce poste, alors venez en découvrir plus à ce lien: http://amp-vaccinology.org/fr/coordinateur-technique-de-projet-hf-etude-d-impact-du-changement-de-pr-sentation-du-vaccin-pcv13  ...

New case studies on SDD vaccine refrigeration projects

WHO and UNICEF have just published a new evidence brief on solar direct-drive (SDD) vaccine refrigerators and freezers. It includes case studies from Tanzania, Colombia and Kenya, as well as an overview of SDD technology and how to make sure that SDD technology is the right choice. Here's the link: http://www.who.int/immunization/documents/general/WHO_IVB_17.01 This is the document summary: “Solar direct-drive (SDD) refrigerators and freezers can be a good option for vaccine storage in areas ...

Close vial wastage at lowest distribution and service delivery levels

Dear Colleagues, I trust this post finds you all very well! I would be grateful if you could please provide (based on your experiences), the possible sources (misuse, VVM, expiry, breakage, etc.) and rate of occurrence of close vial vaccine wastage at the lowest distribution and service delivery levels? Thank you in advance, Hamadou...

Procurement Development 21st to the 23rd June 2017 in Abuja Nigeria

Dear Collegues, The purpose of our Procurement Programme is to introduce students to an integrated approach in the management of the procurement of products This program promotes a multidisciplinary and integrated approach in line with current warehousing and procurement trends, using a mixture of interactive learning tools such as videos, questionnaire's, case studies, team exercises, individual exercises and group discussions. For my information, please feel free to contact me on academy@ih...

Participate in the side events for the 15th TechNet Conference! (16-20 October 2017)

Dear All, We are reaching out to explore your interest in participating in the Manufacturers Marketplace, Innovations Cafe and Poster Gallery during the 15th TechNet Conference that will take place on 16-20 October 2017 in Portugal. These are the major side events which are integral parts of the TechNet Conference, provided with dedicated space and are organized alongside the main conference agenda. The Manufacturers Marketplace is for private sector companies and other commercial organization...

Registration to the 15th TechNet Conference (16-20 October 2017) is now open!

Dear TechNet Community, We are very excited to announce that Registration to the 15th TechNet Conference is now open! For this occasion we are launching a 15th TechNet Conference webpage: www.technet-21.org/en/home/technet-conference/2017 This living webpage will regularly post the latest information related to this year’s conference on the theme of “Building the next generation of immunization supply chains”. Currently, the page is focusing on: How to register to participate in the confe...

Immunisation Information systems - Special issue of EUROSURVEILLANCE - April 2017

On 27 April 2017, EUROSURVEILLANCE dedicated a special issue to Immunisation Information Systems (in attachment) with a focus on experiences in the EU and the outcome of an EU-wide survey on IIS implementation. The issue contains a nice ensemble of papers showing the various areas where an ISS can be used to positively impact on immunisation programmes and help steer important public health policies. // Tarik Derrough VPD team, ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden   Tarik.Derrough@ecdc.europa.eu     ...

Transportation of vaccines from the cold-chain point of a planning unit to the outreach session sites – A model.

Dear viewers - Please find the following and the attached illustration for a critical review and needful. Background: CCH Mrs Anitha Beth and Asst CCH Mr Mukesh could not believe when the author shared his observations that the “T” series vaccines were found in “Frozen” condition at the session site far off from the ILR point. Temperature record book never showed subzero recording on any day. CCH had to distribute vaccines to ~50 session sites on Thursdays and ~30 session sites on Saturdays. I...

When to consider solar, based on hours of mains/generator electricity available each day

I’ve been reading with great interest the most recent issue of Vaccine, which is dedicated to “Building Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chains”. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0264410X/35/17 I particularly enjoyed the following article but was surprised to read that the authors identified a discrepancy between WHO PQS and Gavi Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform guidance relating to solar refrigerators and under what conditions (how many hours of mains/generator electr...

American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) - Presentations from 2017 National Meeting now available

Presentations from the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2017 National Meeting are now posted on AIRA’s website: http://www.immregistries.org/resources/iis-meetings/2017-national-meeting . Please click here: http://www.immregistries.org/events/past-events/annual-meetings/AIRA_2017_National_Meeting_-_Links_to_Presentations.pdf for a document with links to all presentations....

Registration Open for Health Supply Chain Management Training in EN or FR

Dear Colleagues, Are you looking for courses to further develop your supply chain management skills? Have you just entered the health supply chain and logistics sector? Or are you an organisation looking for professional development for your team in health SCM? Then join Pamela Steele Associates (PSA) in Nairobi, Kenya from July 10th, 2017. Courses: In English: Public Health Supply Chain Management, Nairobi, Kenya, 10th to 14th July, 2017 In French: Gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement...

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, IAPHL

JSI is recruiting for the new position of Executive Director of the IAPHL (International Association of Public Health Logisticians) to be based in Nairobi, Kenya. Do you (or someone you know) have experience in supply chain/logisitics, fundraising, and project management? If so, review the job description, requirements, and process for applying here:http://www.jsi.com/JSIInternet/Careers/jobdescription.cfm?id=103045&intern=0...

Cold Chain – A Hot Topic!

Dear Colleagues, As you are all aware, cold chain within warehouse operations and the supply chain as a whole is an extremely specialised field, thus is it with great pleasure that Imperial introduce to you a development programme with an operations focus on achieving temperature sensitive supply chain management and good distribution practices. With a special focus on the temperature, risk and qualification requirements of a sensitive supply chain and GDP compliance. Imperial’s Cold Chain Man...

Employment Opportunity: Commodity Security Specialist

Chemonics International, Inc. seeks a Commodity Security Specialist for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The project is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. GHSC-PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective. The...

Home-based record revitalization workshop in Africa: report summary

by Dr Blanche ANYA and Dr David BROWN During 21-24 February 2017, representatives from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda gathered in Kampala, Uganda to rethink and improve their country’s current home-based record design and functionality as well as the broader system that supports the home-based record to address issues such as stock-outs described previously here. Participants not only walked away from the workshop with a new paper prototype of their improved home-based ...

Webinar 4/24: Immunizing the Urban Poor

Dear TechNet, I hope you can join us during World Immunization Week for a webinar on the challenges of immunizing the urban poor and how the global community can adapt to meet the unique needs of this marginalized and under-served population. Representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, WHO, and UNICEF will share perspectives. Information is below. Please feel free to to contact with any questions or comments. Thank you,Diane _________________________________Webinar: Imm...

Imperial Academy Short Course Offerings Now Open for Registration!

Take a moment to think about what health care providers use every day to treat patients. Providers use a myriad of items, such as syringes, prescriptions drugs, gloves and many more. Employees involved in healthcare supply chain management are responsible for stocking organizations with the products providers need and managing inventory. However, managing supply chain is not as simple as making sure providers have enough gloves. Imperial are offering the newly designed short programs that will ...

Job Posting: DHIS2 Advisor

Hello! We're pleased to announce an opening for a DHIS2 Advisor to join our Applied Technology Team. JSI is looking for a DHIS2 Advisor that can (a) provide high-level value-added guidance and active technical assistance to international health information systems projects in their development and implementation of DHIS2 and (b) providing technical leadership for JSI in the field of Health Information Systems (HIS). Candidates can apply online at jsi.com if interested. Thanks for sharing amon...

How the Technology Behind Bitcoin can Strengthen Health Services, Protect Patient Privacy, and Improve Trust in Medicine Quality

Blockchain is the hot new technology topic in the financial world, the health sector, and the supply chain industry. The idea, first applied by the virtual “cryptocurrency” Bitcoin, combines the security of cryptography with the safety of distributed data. This combination results in distributed ledger technology (DLT) that is highly secure and very difficult to hack because there is no central server containing all data that needs to be protected; everyone with rights to access the blockchain h...

2nd International Workshop on Access to Medicines_Geneva_03-07 July 2017

Dear Members, Greetings from Empower School of Health! We would like to inform you that Empower is organizing the 2ND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES / ACCESS TO MEDICINES in collaboration with the World Health Organization in Geneva. The workshop cum study tour is scheduled from 03-07th July 2017. The key topic being covered is Promoting Access to Medicines with a focus on Procurement, Quality, Regulatory & Market Shaping. Besides sessions with experts from WHO, we have also ...

Success factors for deploying digital LMIS

Over the last decade, the technology environment in developing countries has changed significantly, offering new opportunities to strengthen and automate information systems throughout the health system. Health system supply chains in many countries are leveraging this changed environment, with digital solutions that support reporting at different levels of the supply chain. To complement the many excellent articles in Vaccine Journal's special issue on next generation immunization supply chains...

UNICEF SD Vaccine Carrier and Cold Box selection tool

Vaccine carrier and Cold box selection tool. Dear Cold Chain colleagues, UNICEF SD has developed a tool which makes the process of selecting Vaccine Carriers or Cold Boxes easier. Please follow the below link to the UNICEFCold chain support package and click on the tab 7. Vaccine Carriers and Cold Boxes. Scroll down to find the tool. Any comments you may have regarding this tool would be much appreciated. Regards Andrew McCourt...

New reports on harvesting unused energy from SDD installations

To ensure that solar direct drive (SDD) appliances can keep vaccines at acceptable temperatures continuously, the installed photovoltaic array often produces excess power that is not used by the primary cooling load and this excess power generally goes unutilized. If this power is to be used, the primary SDD appliance load must be prioritized above any other load. WHO and other organizations have been working to define how this can be done safely and reliably. In support of WHO/PQS, PATH has re...

Have you included pharmacists in your immunization plan?

Dear TechNet-21 Community, For many years, pharmacists have been involved in supply chain and supporting campaigns to support immunization by patients, but they are more and more involved in the delivery of immunization services (adding up to the existing immunization team). This was highlighted in its last FIP report "An overview of current pharmacy impact on immunisation: A global report" (see attachment). This report was based on data collected from 45 countries and found thatnearly a ha...

Ice-Lined Refrigerator & Freezer

Dear Colleagues, As known that Ice-lined refrigerators are the best choice wherever there is at least 8 hours electricity a day, but what about producing ice-packs for immunization session (e.g. outreach sessions) under the same supply of electricity (=< 8hrs)? What will be the better decision to make here? maybe consider the combined icelined refrigerator/ freezer (not many options are available on WHO PQS devices catalogue) , or consider a stand- alone deep freezer for ice production (even t...

A method for measuring performance of outreaches

This report explains Shifo's approach and solution - MyChild Outreach, to strengthen outreach services to reach the fifth child and reduce equity gaps in vaccination services in rural and hard to reach areas:https://shifo.org/doc/MyChildOutreach.pdf/...

Launched today: Special Edition of Vaccine “Building Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains"

PATH is pleased to present “Building Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains” a special edition of Vaccine journal which brings together evidence from global experts in 31 articles representing decades of work by country governments, implementing partners, and donors to improve immunization supply chains (iSC). The articles address the impact of iSC on vaccine coverage, current challenges, and successful pilots, promising ideas and innovations, and upstream solutions that can all help mitigat...


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