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May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that...

May 4, 2016

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on...

May 4, 2016

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

This report describes the activities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in pursuing the goals and...

May 4, 2016

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

This report describes the activities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in pursuing the goals and...

May 4, 2016

Closing the Immunity Gap

Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of...

May 4, 2016

Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains: Rethinking the Denominator and the Dose

Author: Chris Wright, JSI Practice Lead, Data Visibility & Use, May 4 2016 - Today [April 25] is Innovation Day during World Immunization Week, and there are a lot of innovative ideas out there...

May 4, 2016

Immunize Europe Forum

"While there are many online platforms available to spread misinformation about vaccines around the world, a platform for sharing what works in promoting immunization, increasing vaccination coverage...

May 4, 2016

Immunize Europe Forum

"While there are many online platforms available to spread misinformation about vaccines around the world, a platform for sharing what works in promoting immunization, increasing vaccination coverage...

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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization services is by re-examining the wealth of data currently available at the country level and empowering health workers to leverage their historical data to reach their target populations more effectively.

The Expanded Program on Immunization has been in existence in most countries for more than 30 years. In the field of immunization, we are accustomed to collecting data: coverage by antigen; dropout between doses of the same vaccines; target population figures; enumeration and locations of these populations. We have reference documents, such as Immunization in Practice, that have been used in training for decades and updated regularly. We also now have dashboards and technology to help us synthesize and report these data.

But are we helping the end-line users and those collecting the data at its source to make decisions themselves with their own data? Are we too focused on the short-term data (this month, this year) and not on analysis of the trends and how our program and activities are faring over time?

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on countries' progress towards achieving the global immunization goals laid out in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 (GVAP). One GVAP goal that the world is on track to meet is: 86 of at least 90 low- and middle-income countries have introduced one or more new or underutilized vaccines. Moving forward, it is critical to leverage this country enthusiasm and commitment to vaccine introduction, including with one of the world’s newer vaccines, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV vaccine protects women from the most dangerous strains of HPV that lead to approximately 70% of cases of cervical cancer in women worldwide[1].

Closing the Immunity Gap

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Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Who can disagree?

Every child has the right to be immunized, but closing the immunity gap needs everyone to go beyond a) technical 'group think' comfort zone rhetoric; b) dusty plans lying in bottom drawers; and c) attending national and global health cocktail parties. We all need to better understand the reasons for inertia to addressing immunization inequities and actually reach marginalized populations with what they need. Marginalized communities have the greatest disease burden and least resources to respond to infection.

An immunity gap is everybody’s business: it leads to increased disease incidence, outbreaks and deaths from preventable disease – all of which have no respect for borders.

Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains: Rethinking the Denominator and the Dose

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Author: Chris Wright, JSI Practice Lead, Data Visibility & Use, May 4 2016 - Today [April 25] is Innovation Day during World Immunization Week, and there are a lot of innovative ideas out there to reach every child. But innovation doesn’t always require radical new ideas. Sometimes it simply means challenging traditional approaches based on current information. For immunization supply chains, that means changing over 40 years of custom to embrace state-of-the-art commercial best practices.

Imagine a scenario in which a global soft drink company launches a new marketing strategy; it wants 100% of young consumers under five years old in every city, town and village around the world to drink 200 ml of its product at least once a year. The company launches a global advertising campaign and free give-away of their product to the targeted consumers to meet their goal. Imagine the company then produces sufficient quantities, and packages it in 2-litre bottles for supply chain convenience. Calculating 200 ml per person and 100 percent coverage, millions of bottles are distributed to tens of thousands of shops and community marketers based on census figures and catchment area estimates down to the last kilometer. Ethical considerations and community acceptance aside, it would never work from a supply chain perspective, because the population figures and the coverage assumptions are too inaccurate. But that is precisely the model that immunization supply chains have been following for the last 40 years.

"Gifts and lifts": one reason girls drop out of school in South Sudan

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Author: Manyang David Mayar, April 26 2016 - In South Sudan, it’s not uncommon for older men to offer girls and young women gifts of transport, mobile phones and cash with the expectation of them starting a sexual relationship in return. This sometimes has disastrous consequences for their education.

Rose, aged 16, was a committed pupil before a relationship with an older man caused her to drop out of school. On her way to school one morning she arrived at the bus station and found there was no transport. She was stuck and didn’t know what to do when a man in his thirties cruised by in his car and offered her lift. Desperate not to be late for her morning lessons, she accepted the lift and jumped into the man’s car.

Rose, now 29, told her story to Florence Michael, a producer of Our School, a radio programme which discusses the importance of girls completing their education in South Sudan.

“On our way, he asked for my name, I introduced myself then he did the same,” Rose said. “Reaching school he asked me if we could meet again.”

Over the next few months, the man continued to give Rose lifts to school. He didn’t stop there. He gave her a whole variety of gifts, including money and a mobile phone. Not long after that, the man asked for something else.

He asked Rose to be his girlfriend. A few months later she was pregnant.

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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The Complete Background to Lao PDR’s Polio Outbreak and Response

Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems

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Author: Inga Vesper, April 18 2016. This blog is cross-posted from the SciDev.Net website, linked below. Vaccine programmes can trigger fears of conspiracies and oppression. It's time they got more collaborative.

The world is becoming more crowded. People flock to cities, millions flee smouldering conflicts in refugee camps, and some countries experience population booms.

As people's space for living, building and farming shrinks, the challenges go beyond providing shelter, infrastructure and job opportunities: health becomes a serious issue as diseases spread quickly in cramped conditions.

Vaccines against some common and contagious diseases are widely available, meant to be making epidemic prevention easy. But fear of vaccinations is a real problem.

Vaccine resistance

A true partnership

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Author: Jackie Christie, April 20 2016 - Working together, BBC Media Action and the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) have transformed a shabby studio into a HD home for KBC’s flagship politics programme, Beyond the Headlines.

I think it’s fair to say that the development community has a tendency to overuse the ‘p’ word. I’ve seen it used to describe a variety of relationships, however slender or remote. My experience of working with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) over the last few years would suggest that occasionally, these relationships earn the description of a true partnership.

We had worked with KBC for two seasons, when they broadcast BBC Sema Kenya, a groundbreaking political debate show which helped people ask their leaders questions, and in doing so, help hold them to account. During this collaboration, staff at KBC benefited from exposure to new production techniques, among them, moderating debates and developing compelling scripts.

Both sides felt that if our capacity strengthening was to come to fruition KBC should produce their own show. One year later, and without fanfare, the first show Beyond the Headlines aired on KBC Channel 1.

My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!

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Author: George O. Ndukwu, April 20 2016 - I had a wonderful experience supervising the scripting and production of "TAFIGAWALO" (Working towards change) for the Population Media Center[PMC]/ Nigeria. A 78 Episode Pidgin English Serial Radio Drama based on Positive Role Modeling/Sabido Methodology and set in a fictionalized country named Saboba Republic, it focused on a large geographic area and different demographics.

Story lines ran through four settings representative of geopolitical zones in Nigeria, with cities like Asozuma[Capital City] in the north, SumtikpoTown in North-Central, Ojeda Community in South-West and Atako village in the South-South of the Republic.

Tafigawalo thematically focused on and tackled controversial attitudes toward Secondary education of girls, Adolescent Reproductive Health & disposition towards sex education, HIV/AIDS, Gender based violence, family planning & Safe Motherhood, and Nutrition by showing different scenarios in the lives of positive, negative and transitional characters.

The drama does not preach any point of view but presents varying views to listeners through entertainment-education. At the end, some characters would have been punished or rewarded.

Typical of the Sabido style drama, there were positive, negative and transitional characters who in the subsequent episodes inter-played as they related issues and challenges to their audiences.

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