PATH’s BID Initiative and the Digital Health Solutions program, along with other PATH country teams, presented at several sessions at this years Global Digital Health Forum. Please find the presentations from the event below.
The following report displays data and figures on the introduction status of Hib vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccine both globally and in 73 GAVI eligible countries. It uses information stored in the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS) online database maintained by IVAC at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and supported by the GAVI Alliance. The images and text below describe: how many countries have introduced each vaccine or plan to in the future; global and GAVI rates of coverage and access; projected introduction dates for GAVI eligible countries; historical trends of the rate of introduction globally; and the introduction status of every country individually. The report concludes with a more detailed description of VIMS and its potential uses.
It is becoming increasingly clear that many developing countries, including Ghana, will find it difficult to achieve all the targets of the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015. The challenges are well documented. Weak health systems exacerbated by continuing challenges in developing and retaining the requisite human resource for health have contributed to the current level of performance of the health sector in many developing countries. To overcome these challenges, the need for a faster and effective way to generate knowledge, share knowledge and translate knowledge into effective and affordable interventions and strategies that make health care accessible to the most needy and vulnerable people in our societies is urgently needed.
Child Health Information Systems (CHISs) are computerised clinical record systems which support a range of health promotion and prevention activities for children, including immunisation and screening. These systems are managed by child health departments in each local area and not all are interoperable. The establishment of systems which record and maintain accurate information on the entire population is critical to assess vaccination coverage at both national and local levels. These systems should have the flexibility to adapt to a continuously evolving immunisation programme, a mechanism to rapidly feedback to local public health teams for outbreak prevention and control, and the ability to mount a timely response to vaccine safety scares. The ability to schedule (call and recall) immunisation appointments has contributed to improvements in vaccination coverage both in England and elsewhere. While this has been achieved in England through multiple CHISs the development of a single national register would reduce the complexities of maintaining accurate and complete immunisation records for the entire population.