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Separate columns in HMIS to capture data of antigens given after the first year of life (not included in FIC)?

Hello all, I have a query regarding the reporting of antigens given beyond 1 year of age in various countries.  Some antigens can be given only in the first year of life, these will be included as part of "full immunization coverage". However, some other antigens like DPT- doses 1,2,3 can also be given after the first year of life- such doses will not be included as part of FIC.  So, in the Health Management Information Systems across various countries, are there two separate columns to captur...

Lesson learnt from PHC Kollamogru: Year April 2016 to March 2017.

Dear viewers Sharing the following with the viewers who are the true Polio Eradicators / planners / managers / authorized implementers & policy makers of the programme Good intentions alone are not enough for the successful outcome. Intention of healing is always good but it can produce stricture with consequent obstruction and dilatation of proximal part leading to long term complications. Since April 2016, GOI introduced two doses of Inactivated Polio Vaccine as an endgame strategy of Globa...

ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster Receives 2017 US National Vaccine Program Office Upshot Award

On June 6, 2017, HLN was awarded the 2017 Upshot Award for Excellence in Vaccine Supply, Access, and Use by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) for its ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster. In the letter of award, Dr. Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health commented that, "HLN Consulting’s efforts on the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) are impressive. This powerful tool-including its open-source nature and seamless integration into clinical workflows-holds...
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CTC Consultant, WHO- Geneva

WHO is looking for consultant support for 4 months  to work on  Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC) country implementationoversight and strategy development.  Further details in the attached. Overview: The agenda for the Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC) has made great strides in recent years with a growing track record of downstream, country-level success through field implementations across multiple countries using the Meningitis A vaccine as it is introduced into the Expanded Program on Imm...

Evidence on what works to revert inequities!?

We are trying to contribute bringing the equity focus on immunisation to the forefront of international and national health policies. In a recent overview of systematic reviews we have been able to identify a large body of evidence on imbalances in access to vaccination according to equity attributes. Yet, the evidence on how to overcome those imbalances and achieve a fairer distribution of health care resources remains astonishingly meagre. Additionally, certain attributes (i.e. religion and mi...

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool version 1.4 available now

We are happy to announce the latest version of the Total Cost of Ownership tool for cold chain equipment (v1.4) 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 link below.   Version 1.4 includes filters for CCEOP eligible equipment, as well as filters for refrigerator/freezer combination devices.  The latest version of the TCO tool contains PQS pre-qualified equipment as of May 2017. Please download the la...

For Info - Immunization, urbanization and slums – a systematic review of factors and interventions

Immunization, urbanization and slums – a systematic review of factors and interventions Tim Crocker-Buque, Godwin Mindra, Richard Duncan and Sandra Mounier-Jack BMC Public Health 2017, 17:556 | Published on: 8 June 2017 Abstract Background In 2014, over half (54%) of the world’s population lived in urban areas and this proportion will increase to 66% by 2050. This urbanizing trend has been accompanied by an increasing number of people living in urban poor communities and slums. Lower immuni...

*** T minus 4 months to the 15th TechNet Conference (16-20 October 2017) ***

Dear TechNet Community, Trust this message finds you well. This is just a quick message to let you know that the start of the 15th TechNet Conference is now 4 months away! Registration will remain open for another 6 weeks until 31 July 2017. Space will be limited so we cannot guarantee that all registered participants will be able to attend. We can confirm however, that if you don’t register, you won’t be able to participate. For those of you that have already shared expressions of interest (...

One day Extended Immunogram based training of Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs) and Staff Nurses of Mobile Medical Units (MMU)

Greetings and we wish to sahre the attached with the techNet viewers. Karnataka launched Mobile Medical Units (MMU) to provide free health care services to the hard to reach / underserved community; especially to tribal population in 27 districts. It has 31 output indicators of which 2 are child Immunization related – 1. Full Immunization of Children below first birth day (FIC) and 2. Complete Immunization before 2nd birth day with DPT 1st booster, OPV and MCV 2 doses. Dr Narayan, Deputy Dir...

Vanuatu launches Pacific’s first drone trial - Delivering lifesaving vaccines and health supplies to remote communities

Port Vila, 14 June 2017: The Vanuatu Government will make history today by launching what may be the first ever trial in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu. Vanuatu will test Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, and the services offered by that industry using an important commodity - lifesaving vaccines. Successful applicants are being challenge...

Supplement recently published - The Expanded Program on Immunization in Ethiopia

A Supplement on EPI in Ethiopia recently published in the Pan African Medical Journal. http://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/series/27/2/...

Hotel Accomodation for TechNet Conference October 2017

As of Friday June 16, 30 more rooms were freed up at the Hotel Cascais Miragem for the week of Oct 15-20.  If you intend to stay at the conference venue, we highly recommend you book asap through the booking form: http://www.technet-21.org/en/home/technet-conference/2017.  After these last rooms are reserved, Hotel Cascais Miragem would be at capacity. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear TechNet Conference Participants...

Next IAPHL Discussion: Mind the Gap: Linking Program and Supply Chain Data

If you haven't seen on IAPHL, next week starts a new discussion relevant to our TechNet community. Details are below. If you aren't yet signed up on IAPHL, you can do so here: http://iaphl.org/ Dear IAPHL community, We are excited to announce the topic of our next moderated discussion, set to start on Monday June 12th-- Mind the Gap: Linking Program and Supply Chain Data. The most recent IAPHL discussion on quantification noted that generally population/demographic data or consumption/servic...

The burden of proof -- refocusing on documented evidence of vaccination history in coverage surveys

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- proof / prüf / (noun) 1. evidence or argument establishing or helping to establish a fact or the truth of a statement synonyms: evidence, verification, corroboration, authentication, confirmation, certification, documentation, validation, attestation, substantiation ----------------------------------------------------------------...

Request for Information ( RFI) for large size cold rooms

Dear all UNICEF SD has issued a request for informtion for large size cold rooms. The purpose of this RFI is to draw a generic specification to accomodiate increasing demand for bigger size cold rooms .... We highly appriciate response from industries , acadamia , professional groups etc. Link https://www.unicef.org/supply/index_94605.html ...

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...

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 ...

Imperial Short Courses: June to August 2017 Open For Registration!

Dear Colleagues, 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 is offering the newly designed short pr...

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...

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  ...

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...


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