TechNet-21 is a global network of immunization professionals committed to strengthening immunization services by sharing experiences, coordinating activities, and helping to formulate optimal policies. Our members come from every corner of the world.
TechNet is composed of three complementary parts:
TechNet is provided as a free service to the global immunization community, with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The TechNet Conference enables 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 TechNet Conference is held approximately every two years. The most recent TechNet Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015 and was attended by over 250 delegates. Videos of presentations given and copies of accompanying slidesets can be found here.
Participants at the 2015 TechNet Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: WHO.
The TechNet-21 website enables immunization professionals to learn about and discuss the latest developments in immunization. The website offers the following tools.
- Forum—a place for users to share experiences, coordinate activities, and discuss recent developments in immunization.
- News—information on the latest immunization news, new job and proposal listings, and an immunization events diary.
- Resources—a repository of useful journal articles, documents, tools, videos, websites, and other immunization resources.
- Reviews—an area for members to submit reviews of WHO PQS-prequalified products, and read the reviews of others members.
The TechNet Consultation and website enables the perspectives of immunization professionals to be taken into account by the WHO when formulating immunization policy and guidance though the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC).
TechNet also enables the policy recommendations made by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and other WHO advisory committees to be operationalized into recommended practices for implementation at field level.