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Vertical immunization information system or integrated one?

How vertical is the immunization service delivery and supply chain information managment system when they are migrated into electronic paltform? Should it be part of routine HMIS or LMIS system? or a separate one?...

How can we measure better immunization data? Practical solution from Shifo

Dear all,  Shifo has released an article on cost-effective and scalable way of measuring data completeness/reliability of Electronic Immunisation Registries. This method will simplify measuring the quality of data of Electronic Immunisation Registries on a systematic and regular basis. This method may even be applicable for measuring better data of Electronic Health Records in other health domains, such as Nutrition, Maternal Health, Integrated Community Case Management and others. When healt...

Immunization data quality and use - learning from the field

Greetings, colleagues. With increasing importance on user-focused improvements in routine, administrative immunization data quality and use, it is useful to have some experience-sharing from country learning and implementation. Linked below are a few recent blog posts and an article on in-country review meetings that may be of interest. These include experiences from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uganda. 1) Zimbabwe defaulter tracking: http://thepump.jsi.com/community-lea...

Registrations Open - ePGD in Procurement & Supply Chain Management - September 2017

Greetings. ​​Empower School of Health launches the next batch of the online ​​Post Graduate Diploma in Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM), in collaboration with ​​Kent State University (KSU) & UNAIDS. How this programme Empowers you:- Opportunities with leading organizations (UN organisations and MoHs)- On-demand mentorship on PSCM subjects related to Public Health- Holistic understanding of supply chain- Empower Yourself for Global Health Leadership Please know that...

New Version of HLN's Open Source Immunization Forecaster Released

A new release of ICE (v1.8.1.0) is now available. (Download ICE v 1.8.2.0) The release includes the following changes: Updates to the Polio Vaccine Group and the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Group to better reflect latest guidelines, and addition of Influenza vaccine (CVX 185) to the Influenza Vaccine Group. Combines PCV and PPSV vaccine groups into one, new vaccine group for Pneumococcal. This change was made to better account for shots administered across the patient's lifetime. (To suppor...

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 ...

Registration closes in 5 days - Last week to Register for the 15th TechNet Conference (16-20 October, Portugal)

Dear TechNet Community, A quick announcement to indicate that this is the last week where registration to participate in the 15th TechNet Conference will remain open. http://www.technet-21.org/en/home/technet-conference/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. TechNetfully yours. Patrick...

Vaccination Coverage Survey - Scholar announcement

We are very happy to announce the first e-Learning program about the new Vaccination Coverage Survey WHO recommendations, with a focus on the new statistical aspects included in the Survey Manual. Kindly share with anyone who may qualify and be interested. Attached find the announcement with all the details. If you have any question(s), feel free to email. This training is FREE and all you need is interest, an Internet connection and about 4 hours per week. You can take one, two or all the thr...

Immunization Supply Chain Management Experts Pool

UNICEF supports countries in achieving their national immunization goals. The achievement of these goals depend on having strong Immunization Supply Chains Management (ISCM) systems in place that are routinely assessed and improved through the comprehensive Effective Vaccine Management Assessment. The objectives for ISCM are to achieve adequate supply for every immunization session without temperature damage and at the lowest possible cost per fully immunized child. To achieve these objectives ...

Revised HMIS form and the perpetual issues between Government & private sector

 Dear viewers,  Vaccination Data management is a long standing universal problem, often discussed in this forum. We (KVG Team) wish to share the attached with the viewers as many of the viewers are in the autorized post and the policy makers for the countries and can solve most of the issues through learning by doing and working together approach. We have comeout with some solutions to share with the country if they wish to. Recently RCH Officer of Dakshinakannada District, Karnataka State, in...

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...

Shortage of Anti Diphtheric Serum

Dear Friends, This week, we have seen two patients with diphtheria in our district Bilaspur in chhattisgarh. One was a 6 year old boy from Kharasiya village who came sick to the regional medical college with heart failure and inability to swallow liquids. He could not get the much needed Anti diphtheritic serum which could have saved him, and he died after 48 hours. The other child is a 13 year old girl from village Ghonghadih who came with fever and inability to swallow any fluids or food and ...

[U.S.] National Center for Health Statistics releases data brief titled "Vaccination Coverage Among Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2015

[U.S.] National Center for Health Statistics releases data brief titled "Vaccination Coverage Among Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2015" The National Center for Health Statistics recently released the data brief from its 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Key findings from the survey data include: - Among adults aged 65 and over, more than two-thirds had an influenza vaccine in the past 12 months (69.0%) - More than one in two adults aged 65 and over had a tetanus vaccine in the ...

Empower launches Indian Resource Centre for Public Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management

Dear Public Health, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals, Greetings from Empower School of Health, a research, consulting and academic institute focused on building capacity at scale. We have delivered over 1 million hours of training to several thousand people across 50 countries and 48 organizations. As part of our capacity building efforts, we are pleased to announce the launch of an Indian Resource Centre for Public Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management (PSM). Click...

2 more weeks to register to the 15th TechNet Conference (16-20 October 2017)

Dear Technet Community, This is just a gentle reminder for those that have not registered to the 15th TechNet Conference to do so as soon as possible.  Registration will remain open for another 2 weeks until 31 July 2017.  After this date, those that have not registered will not be considered to attend. Additionally, the Miragem hotel is now fully booked.  If you have not booked your accomodation yet, other hotel options and other important details are listed within Administrative Notes on the...

Technical Assistance to Selected Countries to Improve Immunization Service Delivery for the Urban Poor

As requested, I am shareing the call for the Request for Proposal (RFP) from the interested service provider for Technical Assistance to Selected Countries to Improve Immunization Service Delivery for the Urban Poor. The RFP can be assessed through GAVI RFP landing page at http://www.gavi.org/rfp/  Application closes on August 14th.  ...

Intermittent inadequate vaccine supply – one of the causes of negative drop out

Dear viewers Short supply of vaciines requiring multiple doses is one of the causes of accentuating negeative dropout rate, making the indicator invalid for programme review. India introduced two fractional doses of 0.1mL intra-dermal IPV in the National Immunization Schedule (NIS) since April 2016 as an end game strategy of Polio Eradication. It is supplied as multi dose vial of 50 doses per vial [0.1mL per dose – 5mL vial] & 25 doses [0.1mL per dose – 2.5mL]. From the first experiences of t...
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"Quality Risk Management Mental Modelling: Examples of exposure in everyday life" is now available for free download

Dear colleagues,   "Quality Risk Management Mental Modelling: Examples of exposure in everyday life" with 15 chapters, 120 photographs, 89 references, countless tables and graphs, links and QR codes to 13 videos as well as 26 best quotes on risk management is now available in printable interactive PDF and interactive ePUB3 formats from http://kartoglu.ch/qualityriskmanagement/    FREE DOWNLOAD for both PDF and ePUB3 versions.   This book is prepared to help readers to build robust mental m...

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...

What if we can make eHealth solutions successful in low-income countries

Most, if not all eHealth solutions fail and are not sustained in low-resource settings. The theoretical benefits are far more with eHealth solutions compared to existing paper systems, but the inescapable lack of resources to sustain and finance operating costs is the main reason why most/all eHealth projects fail. What if we could make eHealth solutions successful in low-income countries to ensure better life and health for every child? Read a full story here: https://medium.com/shifo-news/wha...

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...

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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/...


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