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.
This report describes a pilot project that PATH conducted in the Afar Region of Ethiopia that aimed to increase vaccination coverage through social mobilization committees and communication activities. It examines the challenges to achieving vaccination coverage in the region, provides success stories demonstrating behavior change, and best practices and lessons learned.
More than 150 leading global health and development thinkers convened on June 15, 2016, for The Innovation Effect: Powering Disruptive Global Health Solutions in Washington, DC. This conference report provides an overview of the insights shared when attendees explored what happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine in often unexpected ways to create dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.
“It is the ability to benchmark across countries, adjust variables, and produce data for planning, that transforms our ability to understand health systems,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, at the recent launch of USAID’s Health Systems Benchmarking Tool. Unlike other web-based tools, the HSBT is intended for use in the field. It can be easily downloaded and is not reliant on Wi-Fi or large bandwidth. Download the tool...
The promise of digital technologies has seen multiple systems and millions of dollars invested for health information system in Sub-Saharan Africa. After overcoming barriers of infrastructure, technology, and connectivity, few of these systems have been able to directly impact patient care.