FULFILLING A PROMISE: ENSURING IMMUNIZATION FOR ALL IN AFRICA
See the official conference report for a look at the current state of immunization on the African continent.
A new report issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region shows that despite considerable progress in expanding access to vaccines in Africa, one in five children on the continent still do not receive life-saving immunizations. Africa’s routine immunization coverage of 80% is the lowest of any region in the world.
This report summarizes the lessons learned from the Data Impacts project, which explores success stories of the ongoing Data Revolution. The case studies chosen span the themes of health, agriculture and environment, cities, and humanitarian crises, and are drawn from countries all over the world. The cases examine the long and complex pathway from data to impact, focusing on the stages of data generation and collection, methodological development, data analysis, use in the policy process, and project implementation.
This Guide provides informative strategies and tools to support effective communication planning and management in response to vaccine safety events. It is accompanied by a Quick Guide and is designed to be used by immunization programme managers and partners.
This document seeks to provide the strategic framework for ensuring the efficient and effective organisation, coordination and management of the health sector in Zambia, for the next five years ending 2015.
The Better Immunization Data Learning Network (BLN) recently hosted a webinar which elaborated on RED-QI (Reaching Every District incorporating Quality Improvement approaches). The “RED-QI” approach is a process that supports addressing larger priority problems (e.g. persistently high drop-out rates) using small, rapid, doable changes that can be quickly tested and evaluated for adoption, adaption, or abandonment at the local level.
The PRISM framework identifies strengths and weaknesses in RHIS performance and bridges the gaps, leading to improved health system performance. Routine health information systems (RHIS) attempt to produce timely and quality information about what is happening in health sector organizations. Ideally, this information is used to guide day-to-day operations, track performance, learn from past results, and improve accountability
This report presents the results of demonstration projects and other activities undertaken in Albania as part of a partnership between project Optimize and the Albanian Institute of Public Health (IPH).
Between 2010 and 2012, Optimize collaborated with the IPH to demonstrate innovations in the supply chain that can help to meet the demands of an increasingly large and costly portfolio of vaccines. This report describes the two demonstration projects undertaken in Albania as part of the collaboration.
Good quality and timely data from health information systems are the foundation of all health systems. However, too often data sit in reports, on shelves or in databases and are not sufficiently utilised in policy and program development, improvement, strategic planning and advocacy. Without specific interventions aimed at improving the use of data produced by information systems, health systems will never fully be able to meet the needs of the populations they serve.
According to official country reports, infant immunization coverage in Nigeria, as reported by DTP3, increased significantly from 57% in 2008 to 74% in 2010. This was followed by a significant drop to 61% in 2011. These reported coverage improvements were primarily due to the country’s decision in 2006 to add multiple antigens and other child survival interventions to the polio eradication campaigns (now referred to as Immunization Plus Days or IPDs) that are held every 4-6 weeks in the northern polio endemic states and at least twice per year nationally. Given the challenges with disaggregating IPD and routine immunization data sub-nationally, denominator issues, and also increased routine immunization focus nationwide through the Reaching Every Ward (REW) approach, official country estimates have greatly fluctuated since 2007.