TechNet-21 - Forum

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The next Global TechNet Consultation is planned for May 2015. The specific dates and location of the Consultation will be confirmed soon, but but the Consultation will be held in South-East Asia. We will release more details in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! The next TechNet Consultation will have a focus theme on “Immunization Supply Chains – Current Challenges and Future Prospects” and will be co-organized by WHO and UNICEF with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are collecting ideas for the agenda so if you have proposals to make, please share these as forum postings. For those of you less familiar with this biennium event, the TechNet Consultation enables practitioners in the field and immunization professionals to meet and discuss the latest developments in immunization practices and policy. It also facilitates the exchange of field experiences and identifies areas that require further investigation. The conference gathers together key stakeholders in immunization programmes from around the world: managers of national immunization programmes, staff members from WHO and UNICEF, vaccine and cold chain equipment manufacturers, representatives from public health agencies, development partners, and independent experts. The first TechNet Consultation was held in Nicosia, Cyprus in March 1990. Since then, TechNet Consultations have been held approximately every 18 months in different locations around the world. The most recent TechNet Consultation was held in Dakar, Senegal in February 2013. Two hundred delegates attended the conference, where presentations were given on a wide range of subjects. The 2013 Final Meeting Report is attached.
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Dan Brigden Accepted Answer
The venue for the TechNet Conference traditionally rotates across the six WHO regions, and this time around it returns to South-East Asia. The selected location is Bangkok, Thailand and the dates of the 14th TechNet Conference are set for 11-15 May 2015. Given the growing interest in this topic since the last TechNet Conference and the advent of many new global initiatives like the Gavi Strategy, the theme of the 14th TechNet Conference will be: “Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics: Current Challenges, Innovations and Future Prospects”. The agenda will be organized so that the following 8 topics are covered:
  • Vaccine products, delivery technologies and innovations
  • Vaccine management planning, policies and practice
  • Human resources for logistics
  • Cold chain equipment & management systems
  • Temperature monitoring in the cold chain
  • Network design and supply chain optimization
  • Distribution and transportation systems
  • LMIS and data for management
In addition to the formal agenda, we will host the following opportunities to network, exchange experiences/information and learn more:
  • A Manufacturers Marketplace, where vaccine companies will showcase the latest innovations in vaccine delivery technologies for the cold chain, and where cold chain equipment manufacturers will unveil and demonstrate their latest models.
  • Innovations Café, where innovative technology solutions can be showcased relating to other aspects of the immunization supply chain (for example, mobile technologies for stock management or continuous temperature monitoring devices).
  • Project Gallery, where stories of the great work that partners are doing with countries can be told through poster sessions.
  • TechNet Website and e-forum clinic, where participants can learn more about the value of TechNet as an online resource and knowledge hub for immunization supply chains.
We anticipate an agenda that will mix formal plenary sessions in the mornings covering key immunization supply chain topics, together with highly interactive sessions in the afternoons touching on the immunization supply chain themes noted above. The interactive sessions in the afternoon will take the form of focused breakout discussions, technical panel discussions, and spontaneous group discussions. Whereas the 13th TechNet Conference in Senegal was co-organized by WHO and PATH under the umbrella of project Optimize, this conference is being co-organized under the leadership of the WHO-UNICEF Immunization Supply Chain and Logistics Hub. To help plan and organize the conference, a small planning committee has been established with long-standing partners of TechNet including WHO, UNICEF, the Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH) and John Snow, Inc. (JSI). Very shortly, we will be following up with more details on the Conference. In particular:
  • A proposed agenda prepared by the planning committee will be circulated for inputs and comments.
  • Information on the selected hotel in Bangkok.
  • A registration system to help us track participants and secure participant space. Depending on the level of interest, we may need to limit participation. Priority will be given to those that manifest their interest as early as possible.
There will be no fee to pay for attending the TechNet Conference, and lunches and coffee breaks will be provided free of charge. However, travel and accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of participants. For more information on the forthcoming TechNet Conference in Bangkok, please visit: For specific inquiries, please contact Patrick Lydon (
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Dan Brigden Accepted Answer
Breaking news: The location and dates have now been confirmed. The 14th TechNet Consultation will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 to 15 May, 2015. More detailed information will be made available on this forum shortly.
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Dan Brigden Accepted Answer
We are pleased to confirm that the 14th TechNet Consultation will take place in Thailand during the week commencing 11 May 2015. It is anticipated that the conference will take place over three days, with the exact dates to be confirmed. The theme will be “Immunization Supply Chains – Current Challenges, Innovations, and Future Prospects”. The consultation will be organized by WHO and UNICEF with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please save the date and stay tuned as further details are announced. Participants at the 2013 TechNet Consultation in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: WHO.
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ousmane dia Accepted Answer
Thanks for the post. In most of the countries, the Immunization Supply Chain was design decades ago. Today's challenges are different with more vaccines, more populations etc... In the other hand progress has been made since in terms of accessibility, technology availability and networking. So, I suggest to organize a specific session on System Design with some "evidence-based design" showcases.
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Shahrzad Yavari Accepted Answer
Thank you for the post and we look forward to see more details in the coming weeks. Here are some ideas for the agenda:
    Remote Temperature Monitoring (RTM) data integration and use of data in LMIS systems RTM and effective messaging and metrics that lead to behavior change. RTM data integration with online fridge maintenance and issue tracking.
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