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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Warehouse Operations Management Course 8 – 19 May 2017 Nairobi Kenya

Dear All, It gives me great pleasure to announce that Imperial Health Sciences will be hosting the next Warehouse Operations Management (WOM) program in English from the 8th – 19th of May 2017. The newly designed program now consists of 10 days (2 weeks) Supply Chain Operations Training, presented by subject matter experts. Please find attached the outline for the WOM program. The program will be hosted at Imperial Health Sciences ISO 9001:2008 certified facility in Nairobi Kenya. Why should ...

Framework for Assessing Vaccination Coverage Using an IIS or EIR

The American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) has developed a resource titled, Analytic Guide for Assessing Vaccination Coverage Using an IIS. The purpose of this project was to develop a framework for helping those conducting IIS population-based immunization coverage assessments, with a guide as the output. AIRA helps develop resources for use amongst IIS and immunization programs (primarily U.S. based) and relies heavily on its members - the IIS and immunization program staff. For th...

Training for the Comprehensive Analysis of Vaccination Coverage Surveys

Between 21 and 24 February 2017, the “Training for the comprehensive analysis of vaccination coverage surveys” was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. This training brought together 25 participants from Ministries of Health, National Statistics Offices (NSOs) and research institutes from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand, plus WHO officials from South East Asia and the Western Pacific, and a person from WHO Inter-Country Support team for South and East Africa, in addition to the Swiss Tropica...

PAHO Data Trainings

Countries in the Region of the Americas have participated in a series of trainings using the newly released modules on immunization data monitoring and analysis. PAHO’s Immunization Unit and Neglected Diseases Unit have developed the “Toolkit for Monitoring the Coverage of Integrated Public Health Interventions”, which includes modules on topics including the analysis of administrative coverage, rapid convenience monitoring (RCM) for routine immunization and the evaluation of data quality, among...

Advances on Electronic Immunization Registries in Latin America Highlighted in the Global eHealth Report

One interesting post from PAHO in the Global Immunization Newsletter (GIN), January 2017. The Global eHealth report, recently released includes a case study on Electronic Immunization Registries (EIR) in Latin America. This case study highlights the fact that Latin America is home to some of the oldest computerized immunization registers in the world. Also, that to date, many countries in Latin America have been working toward implementing electronic immunization registries, seeking to improve ...

Health Supply Chain Management Courses in EN/FR, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2017

Dear Colleagues, After tremendous success in November 2016, PSA is pleased to announce that we are once again bringing our training courses to Nairobi, Kenya in July 2017. This is an opportunity for you and your staff to join our highly professional and dedicated trainers for in-person training on Health Supply Chain Management in either English or French from July 10th, 2017. Health Supply Chain Management (HSCM) - Nairobi - July 2017 in English or French The objective of this course is to ...

Arrival patterns at health clinics

I was wondering if someone with experience on the subject could comment - even very generally - on daily arrival patterns of individuals (children) seeking routine immunizations (WHO-EPI vaccines) at health clinics in low and middle income countries? Are these pretty steady throughout the day or do there tend to be more arrivals at certain times of the day compared to others? Are there differences in these patterns depending on geographic location (urban, rural, etc.) and on time of the month/ye...

Immunization Delivery Costing: Request for Grey Literature

Dear TechNet-21 Community, ThinkWell and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) kicked off a 3-year project in September 2016 – the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) – which is an exciting complement to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s EPIC costing and financing project. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICAN aims to increase the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of evidence on the cost of delivering immunization services. As part of the project, we are embar...
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APPLY NOW - Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management on Wheels, 12-17 June 2017, Greece

Dear Colleagues, The award winning Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management on Wheels course will be held in Greece (Athens to Thessaloniki), 12-17 June 2017. The course is an experiential application of Good Distribution Practices for pharmaceuticals and vaccines. This year's course will be mentored by Dr Umit Kartoglu (WHO, Geneva), Dr Jim Vesper (LearningPlus, USA), David Ulrich (Abbvie, USA) and Alan Kennedy (Team-Up, UK). The route will take us from Athens, though Volos, Larissa, Litochoro to...

Cold room temperature mapping

Dear All: how can we conduct study of cold room temperature mapping and how to analyse the data collected?...

PharmCom Program 2017-Strathmore University Business School & Imperial Health Sciences

Greetings from Strathmore Business School and Imperial Health Sciences. Allow me to introduce to you the PharmCom Program as below: Introduction A 2 week (10 working days) Competency based training for Procurement Managers delivered by The Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore University Business School Course Objectives The Internationally recognized Pharmaceutical Commodity Supply Chain Management Program is specifically designed to equip delegates with an in-depth understanding ...

***Save the Dates: 15th TechNet Conference will take place on 16-20 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal***

Dear TechNet Community, It’s getting close to two years since the 14th TechNet Conference where more than 260 of you joined us during the week of 11-15 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. With this two year anniversary fast approaching, some of you may be wondering: what is happening with the next TechNet Conference? We are now pleased to formally announce that the 15th TechNet Conference will take place on 16-20 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. More specifically, the venue is 30mins out of Lisbo...

Avail EarlyBird Discount_PGD in Procurement & Supply Chain Management

​​Dear ​Members, Greetings from Empower! Empower School of Health (ESH), launches the next batch of Post-graduate​ Diploma​ Course​ ​in Global​ ​Health PROCUREMENT​ ​ &​ SUPPLY​ CHAIN​ MANAGEMENT, which has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics And Transport, India (CILT)​ and​ developed in​ collaboration with Kent State University (KSU) & UNAIDS. Capacity building in PSM is one of the thrust areas of programming for profitability in public health and is an enabler for an or...


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