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This forum provides a place for members to ask questions, share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.

Not coming to the conference? Watch online

Dear TechNet community, The 15th TechNet Conference will take place next week in Cascais, Portugal. All plenary sessions will be streamed on the TechNet-21 channel on YouTube, so if you are not attending in person you can still participate remotely. https://www.youtube.com/user/TechNet21 Please use this link if you want to watch the plenary sessions live. We encourage you to submit questions to presenters by using the "Comments" box displayed underneath the video. You can also watch recording...

People that Deliver Newsflash October 2017

The October edition of the People that Deliver Newsflash is now available:  http://conta.cc/2xxizFp In this issue:  PtD elects a new Chairperson Building a strong supply chain workforce in Ghana The transition of the public health supply chain for medical commodities in Kenya News from our Board member organizations Resource spotlight Upcoming events Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us: info@peoplethatdeliver.org Visit our website: www.peoplethatdeliver.org F...

2016 immunization data now available from your “Immunization Summaries” App

The Immunization Summary app, which is  great tool initiated by Olivier Beauvais, is now updated and includes data up to 2016. Using the app will  allow you accessing immunization data in a dynamic way, by  generating  visuals (tables, graphs, maps) on schedules, on a selected set of vaccine preventable diseases incidence data, on immunization coverage levels and on various programmatic and systemic indicators (related to policies, activities, management, performance,…). You can download the vi...

Addressing safety to maintain acceptance (Vaccine Supply Chain Futures 5/6)

This is the fifth and last topic in my six-part Vaccine Supply Chain Futures series focused on the potential to address safety issues related to the management of sharps waste including syringe and needles. Progress of efforts to achieve safe infectious sharps disposal in many low to middle income countries is impeded by the lack of funding to establish an infrastructure of medical waste handling in the countries. Immunization generates a small fraction of the sharps waste in public health serv...

PAHO highlights four immunization data related activities

PAHO highlights four immunization data related activities - please see the Global Immunization News (GIN) - September 2017 (http://www.who.int/immunization/GIN_September_2017.pdf?ua=1) for full articles: Training on monitoring vaccination coverage and preventive chemotherapy to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (GIN, Page 14) Workshop on Immunization Data Quality in Nicaragua (GIN, Page 15) Countries from Africa and the Americas share/exchange their experiences with the Electronic Immunization R...

HLN Releases Version 1.9.1.0 of its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

A new release (v 1.9.1.0) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE v 1.9.1.0). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Persona The release includes the following changes: l Health Record (PHR) Systems. Added support for Meningococcal B. Support for Meningococcal B has been added as a new vac...

Positive impact of amalgamation of field experience & new guidelines – “nth” live example

Dear viewers India is committed. In the last ten years made remarkable achievement in the field of Immunization, to name a few, eradicated polio, introduced Pentavalent, MCV 2 doses and now the MR campaign, Rota and PCV vaccines were introduced, 2012-13 was declared as year of Intensified Immunization (IRI) followed by launching Mission Indradhanush (MI) on 25th Dec 2014 and now Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI). MI was launched with very high political commitment. It is not a just one mor...

TechNet website will be down this weekend, back Monday

Dear TechNet members, Exciting news: this weekend, we will be performing a major upgrade to the TechNet website. The upgrade will brighten up the site, making it cleaner, clearer, simpler and easier to use. The navigation and organization of content will be improved, and technical updates should make the site faster to load in low-bandwidth settings. There will also be news technical content areas that will be announced separately. Rest assured, all the key features—forum, network, resource lib...

MENA Regional Workshop on Equity-Informed Microplanning

National and subnational participants from Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Syria gathered at the Dead Sea, Jordan from 25 to 27 September to participate in a MENA Regional Workshop on Equity-Informed Microplanning. The workshop was organized by UNICEF MENARO in close technical collaboration with GAVI, US CDC, JSI, WHO and EMPHNET. The objective of the workshop was to improve the capacity of national and sub-national level EPI and data managers to analyze immunization ...

Introducing data-driven, remote oversight (Vaccine Supply Chain Futures 4/6)

This is the fourth topic in my six-part Vaccine Supply Chain Futures series (Please see the attached file for the full text)  focused on the introduction of a system of remote temperature monitoring integrated with equipment maintenance management. Remote temperature monitoring systems represent an opportunity for a system-wide improvement in the performance of equipment maintenance and consequently, more reliable vaccine distribution. Remote temperature monitoring automatically transmits data ...

Immunization Academy Update

This month several new data monitoring and supply videos have been added to www.immunizationacademy.com, including nine new training videos in Swahili. Anyone working in support of EPI can be notified when new videos are added via WhatsApp. Using WhatsApp, text "join" to +255 765 578 712 and you will be added to the Immunization Academy broadcast list. The Immunization Academy is a BMGF-sponsored initiative that provides health professionals with instant access to a comprehensive library of shor...

WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Website Survey

Dear Technet21 Members, We are pleased to invite you to take part in our new survey about the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) website. We want to make sure the website is functioning optimally for all its users, and so we are keen to learn more about why and how you use the PQS website, and what your personal experience has been. Answering the survey questions will take around 7-10 minutes of your time. The survey will remain open until the 30th of September and shortly after that we...

Engagement of private/nongovernmental health providers in immunization service delivery: Considerations for National Immunization Programmes

The WHO Guidance Note on "Engagement of private/nongovernmental health providers in immunization service delivery: Considerations for National Immunization Programmes" has recently been published on the WHO website: www.who.int/immunization/documents/policies/WHO_IVB_17.15/en/ This Guidance Note for national immunization programmes aims to: Present considerations regarding the involvement of nongovernmental (private) providers in vaccine delivery (including contribution to enhancing coverag...

Changes in vaccines and in their delivery systems

This is the third topic in my six-part Vaccine Supply Chain Futures series, and concerns changes in vaccines and the technology of administration of vaccines. No change in supply chain technologies can impact immunization coverage more than change in the presentation and administration of vaccines themselves. The more compact and thermo-stable vaccines become, the more children can be reached for immunization. As services seek the last 20% of children who have not been reached and as the number...

New: "Health & Humanitarian - the supply chain review" Issue 4 is out now

PSA is pleased to share the new issue of the “Health & Humanitarian – supply chain review” magazine. For your free access, go to: https://issuu.com/pamelasteeleassociates/docs/h_h_supply_chain_review_issue4_2017   In this issue, read for instance about: Pharm. Gloria Chukwumah from Nigeria honoured for her achievements in public health supply chain in a special ceremony SIAPS working towards strengthening pharmaceutical systems in countries such as Burundi, Ethiopia and Mali The success ...

What is the recommended alarm temperature for vaccine storage

 I am setting up an alarm to indicate to high a temperature in a vaccine refrigerator.  I would appreciate it if someone could tell me the reccomended temperature and the time that  temperature must be maintained to set off the alarm?   My second question is if you what that time and temperature are based on?   Larry Schlussler       Sun Frost    ...

OpenLMIS 3.2 Release - Beta CCE Service

The OpenLMIS community has the pleasure to announce the milestone release of OpenLMIS version 3.2. In line with the version 3 series, 3.2 includes new features in stock management, new administrative screens, targeted performance improvements and a beta version of the Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) service. It also contains contributions from the Malawi implementation, a national implementation that is now live on OpenLMIS version 3. 3.2 represents the first milestone towards the Vaccines MVP fea...

OpenLMIS User-Centered Design Workshop Report - Vaccine Resupply

Dear TechNet Colleagues, I am pleased to share a workshop report on the Francophone OpenLMIS User-Centered Design Workshop facilitated by VillageReach and hosted at the PATH Senegal Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, in July.  12 attendees from Ministry of Health Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) programs plus WHO International representation attended this 3-day workshop on user-centered software design in Dakar. Participants came from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Guinea and Senegal.  The w...

BID Initiatives launches new briefs -- recommendations and lessons learned!

Dear all, Routine immunizations and new vaccine introductions are two best buys in global health. But while immunization coverage has increased dramatically in the last decade, more must be done to ensure every child is reached. To bridge this gap, we need reliable, easily accessed and actionable data on the barriers impeding immunizations, coupled with trained data users at all levels of the health system. The BID Initiative is grounded in the belief that better data, plus better decisions wil...

Supporting intensified Mission Indradanush (IMI)

Dear viewers  Since the launch of Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) in 1978, India is consistently trying to attain and sustain high vaccination coverage both qualitatively and quantitatively through UIP, CSSM, RCH I & II, NHM actively involving multiple development partners and stake holders. CES 2009 revealed that, in India 2 of every 5th child are either unimmunized or partially immunized.  It was 1 in every 5th child in Karnataka. [National coverage was 61% and that of Karnataka was...

HLN Releases Roadmap for Open Source ICE Immunization Forecaster

HLN has released a product Roadmap for its award winning Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE).  ICE is an open source service-oriented, standards-based immunization forecasting software system that evaluates a patient’s immunization history and generates the appropriate immunization recommendations. The Roadmap describes modifications that have already been scheduled for inclusion in new releases of ICE in the near future, in addition to ongoing changes that may be required to maintain complian...

Advancing distribution technologies and techniques

This is the second topic in my six-part Vaccine Supply Chain Futures series, and concerns advancing technologies of cooled-distribution. Pleae share your thoughts! What advances in technology and technique--available now or in the near future--that are likely to be critical success factors for the vaccine supply chain? I propose four important advances: Distribution of supplies in today’s world is achieved by pre-planned, regular, timely delivery from higher level to lower level stores. Qual...

APPLY NOW ⚡ WHO Scholar course on 'Using Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP) to achieve better Immunization outcomes'

Hello, Applicant Learner! The World Health Organization (WHO) invites applications from all  health practitioners involved with immunization planning at national and sub-national levels to join the second cohort of the GRISP Scholar course. Learn more… This digital course is intended for health practitioners involved in immunization planning to develop their capacity to use global routine immunization strategies and practices (GRISP) to achieve better immunization outcomes. This online course...

Vaccine Supply Chain Futures 1/6: Merging vaccine and medicine distribution

Friends and Family of Immunization, I hope you will join me over the next six weeks before the TechNet Conference in Portugal to debate important futures for the vaccine supply chain. Each week, I will start a discussion on a topic and ask for your reactions. If you participate, you will also have the chance each week to respond to an online survey, just one or two questions, to express your agreement, interest or despair! The choice of topics is mine, not necessarily shared with any organizatio...

Upgrading supply chain management systems to improve availability of medicines in Tanzania: Evaluation of performance and cost effects

Improving supply chain data visibility and data use are showing real impact in Tanzania's integrated logistics system. A study has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Global Health: Science and Practice Global Health: Science and Practice Advance Access articles for September 6, 2017 Original Article Upgrading Supply Chain Management Systems to Improve Availability of Medicines in Tanzania: Evaluation of Performance and Cost Effects Marasi Mwencha, James E Rosen, Cary Spisak, No...

Empower_International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict and Fragile States_Nov 2017_Dubai, UAE.

Dear Members, Greetings. Empower is organizing the International Workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict and Fragile States, scheduled from 20-23 Nov in Dubai, UAE. Key objectives of the workshop: To provide participants with a clear understanding of the critical need to use a risk management based approach, with identification and categorization of the key risk factors, and then how planning can be instigated so that priority risks can be mitigated.  To provide...

Article - Evidence of cost-benefits of electronic medical records and standards and Interoperability (2017)

We are happy to share with you this article produced by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), showing some of the benefits of the use of electronic medical records, standards and interoperability on the quality of care, and also some preliminary evidence indicating that the use of eHealth interventions with information exchange may improve clinical process outcomes. Reference: Reis ZSN, Maia TA, Marcolino MS, Becerra-Posada F, Novillo-Ortiz...

Supporting intensified Mission Indradanush

Dear viewers Attaining and sustaining very high vaccination coverage is the basic dream of RI lovers of any country to promote child health. An ambitious flagship project "Mission Indradhanush" was launched by India on 25th Dec 2014 with similar dream.  Now, Urban area of Belagavi District will be operating "INTENSIFIED  MISSION INDRADHANUSH (IMI)" from Oct 2017. The district nodal officer on witnessing the dramatic increase and sustenance of immunization coverage (Christmas gift; Peraje Templ...

Promoting HEP B birth dose coverage

Dear viewers We wish to share the original article -- “Study on Hepatitis B Birth dose Vaccination Coverage, Promoting the same in a Private Rural Medical College”. Though Viral Hepatitis – a silent public health problem of “extraordinary scale” could not feature in MDG goals, got qualified to be observed as “World Hepatitis Day” since July 2010. On record analysis of vaccination data entered in the extended Immunogram of RHTC Sampaje with only ~17,500 population, 216 children below one year, ...

Visibility for Health Systems: Adoption of Global Data Standards (GS1)

Dear colleagues,  Please find attached from the Interagency Supply Chain Group.  Kind regards,  Hitesh  Coordinator for the Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG)       Hitesh HurkchandInteragency Supply Chain GroupHosted by the World Health Organization Mobile: +1.917.975.9743 [WhatsApp, Viber]Skype: hitesh_hNew York, New York...


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