The report from the WHO Global Health Observatory Data addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? And how have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years? In answering these questions, this report draws on data about five childhood immunization indicators, disaggregated by four dimensions of inequality, and covering 69 countries. The findings of this report indicate that there is less inequality now than 10 years ago. Global improvements have been realized with variable patterns of change across countries and by indicator and dimension of inequality. The current situation in many countries shows that further improvement is needed to lessen inequalities; in particular, inequalities related to household economic status and mother’s education were the most prominent. This report is accompanied by electronic interactive visuals, which facilitates thorough and customizable exploration of the data.
A new report finds some progress in combatting pneumonia and diarrhea among young children in the nations most severely impacted by the two diseases, but they remain responsible for hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths around the world.
Health Information System (HIS) Interoperability is a very popular topic among Network members and Digital Health Implementers. At the recent WAHO September Joint Annual HIS and IDSR Managers and Partners Meeting in Cape Verde, it was reported that DHIS 2 will be rolled out in over 20 West and Central Africa countries by 2019. The topic of interoperability of DHIS 2 with other HIS featured in many discussions including the need to address data sharing, comprehensive data reporting and other HIS efforts. Admittedly, there is still a lot for implementers to learn thus, our October Global Digital Health Network meeting featured four experts to share their experiences in HIS Interoperability. Over 70 people joined the discussion in Washington, DC and online last Friday as our presenters delved into the subject.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) invites you to view a webinar entitled “VaxTrac Benin Study Visit: Reflections and Lessons Learned.”
During this webinar, VaxTrac presents on common themes and implementation/scale-up challenges that were identified during the recent BLN Study Visit to Benin conducted between 11th and 16th July 2016. VaxTrac shares some of their relevant end-line evaluation results to show how challenges identified during the Study Visit have since been addressed, in addition to the lessons they have learned in the process of transitioning from an in-country office implementation model to a third-party support model.
VaxTrac's study of the effectiveness of strategies and methods for providing immunization reminders to parents and guardians of children in Benin. The objective of the study was to understand how vaccination reminders are currently used and how they may be used to remind guardians, health agents or relais of upcoming or missed vaccination sessions. Appointment reminders can be a simple and inexpensive way to provide information to parents that increases schedule adherence, immunization coverage, and the number of fully immunized children.
Progress in the coverage of immunisation services over the past decade has been impressive, with 86% of children globally now receiving basic vaccinations. However, there is cause for concern. Progress has recently slowed and the 2011–2020 Global Vaccine Action Plan is off-track. 19.4 million children under one year old – one in seven – are still excluded from the full benefits of immunisation.
Further, Faster, Fairer shows that these excluded children are not evenly interspersed among other children who are being vaccinated. Instead they are concentrated in communities that are systematically excluded from progress.
The BID Learning Network (BLN) held a webinar entitled “Development of a Health Information Systems (HIS) Strategic Plan – The Liberian Experience”. During this webinar, Liberia shares the lessons they have learned in the process of developing a strategic plan to develop the national health information system. The presenter describes the process leading to the development of the Liberian HIS strategic plan and give a synopsis of the plan. He further highlights the key lessons learned that need to be taken into consideration when one is developing a strategic plan of this nature. Consequently, this webinar should be of interest to both technical and non-technical personnel with an interest in planning for national health information systems.
The role of communities in building resilient health systems is complex and ever evolving. While two days is certainly not enough time to address all of the issues around communities and resiliency, Cracking the Nut Health was a great start. In the past month and a half, we hope that participants have taken the time to muse over the many discussions at this learning event, and started finding opportunities to incorporate these ideas into ongoing work.
Since 2011, a five-year strategy has guided Gavi’s mission to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation.
In this edition of our Annual Progress Report, we look back at the final year of the 2011-2015 period and report on Gavi’s progress towards achieving our targets: the successes and the challenges.
This global survey builds on previous studies of vaccines' perceived importance, safety, effectiveness, and religious compatibility. The worldwide survey investigates attitudes towards vaccines on an unprecedented scale, interviewing 65,819 respondents across 67 countries. This can help inform public health agendas by highlighting national and regional variations in attitudes towards vaccines; for example, that the European region is the least confident region towards vaccine safety.