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Jan 10, 2017

Reported National Level Stock-Outs of Home-Based Records—A Quiet Problem for Immunization Programmes That Needs Attention

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Home-based records (HBRs) are an important tool for recording and communicating within primary healthcare service delivery. Unfortunately, HBRs are currently unable to fulfil their intended purpose in many communities either because the HBR is not functionally well-designed to serve its objectives, not made available, not fully adopted and/or not appropriately utilized by caregivers and/or health workers. This brief report describes the occurrence of nationally reported HBR stock-outs and HBR financing patterns during 2014 and 2015 across 195 countries reporting immunization system performance data to the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.

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Oct 28, 2015

Webinar: Logistics management system in The Gambia


The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled, “Logistics management system in The Gambia.” The presentation provided an overview of The Gambia, one of the countries with the best immunization coverage in the West African region.

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Aug 1, 2008

Introducing new vaccines in the poorest countries: What did we learn from the GAVI experience with financial sustainability?

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This paper reviews the experience of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in introducing hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in the poorest countries, and explores how financing for immunization has changed since GAVI Fund resources were made available during its first wave of support between 2000 and 2006. The analysis of Financial Sustainability Plans in 50 countries allowed for some of the original funding assumptions of the GAVI approach to be tested against the realities in a wide set of countries, and to highlight implications for future immunization efforts. While the initial GAVI experience with financial sustainability has proved successful through the development of plans, and many countries have been able to both introduce new vaccines and mobilize additional financing for immunization, for future GAVI supported vaccine introduction, some country co-financing of these will be needed upfront for the approach to be more sustainable.

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Jun 19, 2015

Webinar: Building real-time LMIS for the vaccine supply chain in Nigeria

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The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Building real-time LMIS for the vaccine supply chain in Nigeria”. This webinar focused on building an LMIS for vaccine supply in Nigeria with an aim to acquiring a simple but impactful system. The speakers shared the stepwise approach they undertook and how they redesigned their system, adopting automation where it made sense. They discussed the challenges they faced, how they addressed them and the important lessons they have learned in the process of implementation.

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Jun 16, 2015

Full Stock Availability – Dashboard Guidance


Percentage of re-supply periods with full availability of all or a selected set of tracer vaccines and immunization supplies. Full availability is defined as no stock out (stock=0) in the store or health facility at any point in the resupply period.

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May 19, 2015

Webinar: Cold Chain Management in Zambia


The Better Immunization Data Initiative Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “The Cold Chain Management in Zambia”. This webinar focuses on the practical aspects of managing the cold chain for a vaccination program in an environment that is less than ideal.

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Oct 1, 2013

OPTIMIZE Vietnam Summary Report

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Viet Nam

Between 2010 and 2012, Optimize collaborated with Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology–National Expanded Programme on Immunization to demonstrate innovations in the supply chain that can help to meet the demands expected as Vietnam’s immunization program continues to grow into the future. Optimize and Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology conducted four major activities under the project.  

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Oct 2, 2014

ABCE policy reports for Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia highlight progress and challenges in delivering health services

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IHME and its country partners – Action Africa Help-International (AAH-I) in Kenya, the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), and the University of Zambia (UNZA) – now provide online versions of the ABCE policy reports for each country. Policy workshops were held in Uganda and Zambia in June 2014, during which health ministry officials, health agency partners, and international organizations discussed findings on health facility capacity, antiretroviral treatment (ART) programs, and costs of care. Each report provides an in-depth examination of the factors that affect health service provision, and links facility-based characteristics to patient experiences with the health system. Findings on facility costs of service provision, the efficiency with which different types of facilities operate, and constraints to care are also presented.

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