20 October 2015, 1600 CAT

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. The country has one functional walk-in cold room at the central level and five regional stores serving 65 health facilities with an under-one year target population of about 80,000. Uninterrupted vaccine supply and cold chain system has been the ultimate goal of the immunization programme. The webinar covered the unique nature of the country’s immunization logistics management system, including a discussion of The Gambia’s vaccine and logistics distribution systems and the accompanying data harmonisation process.

This webinar should be of interest to both technical and non-technical personnel with an interest in vaccine delivery and logistics management for immunization programs.

If you missed our virtual event, view the webinar below.

Webinar: Logistics Management System and in The Gambia from BID Initiative on Vimeo.

Presenter Information

Mr Mbye Njie, Capacity Building Manager of the Gambia EPI

Mr. Mbye Njie has been working in public health since 2000, where his initial focus was immunization, disease surveillance, and other public health related activities. He became Divisional Vector Control Officer in 2006. He became Senior Malaria Control Officer in 2011 and worked in that capacity until 2012. He consulted for the STOP programme, and worked in Nigeria from 2013 to 2014. He was assigned to the EPI program in 2015 as the Capacity Building Manager, where he was charged with the responsibility to strengthen the program. Mr. Njie holds an HND in Public Health and an MSc in Public Health Entomology.

Lamin Ceesay, National EPI Logistician

Mr. Lamin Ceesay started work as a public health officer in October 2001 at a district health facility. He worked in three different health facilities in the different regions of the Gambia. In carrying out the different functions, Mr. Ceesay was responsible for all health promotion activities, served as District Desk officer for Immunization and vaccination services and as a case investigator for the National Polio Eradication Strategy. He joined the EPI programme in May 2011 as the national logistician where he is responsible for all logistics related activities for the programme, ranging from forecasting of vaccine supplies to the identification of logistics requirement for the country. Mr. Ceesay holds a Higher National Diploma in Public and Environmental Health and is currently studying for an MPH at Leeds Beckett University in UK.

Dr. Chilunga Puta

Dr. Chilunga Puta, Director of the BLN, is an infectious disease research and public health practitioner with in excess of 20 years of experience working in developing country health care settings. She has held diverse technical and administrative positions that have enabled her to acquire a wide range of skills and in-depth understanding of developing economy health care systems. Dr. Puta holds BSc joint honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology, a PhD in Biochemistry, an MPH with a major in Disease Surveillance, and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate of the American Society for Quality.