International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision
16 October 2017 - The Government of Nigeria has launched a campaign to immunize 873 837 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi. The ten-day campaign began on Friday, 13 October 2017, and mobilizes more than 200 health workers and volunteers.
The International Coordination Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for yellow fever is supporting the government of Nigeria with provision of much needed vaccines. A global stockpile of 6 million doses of the yellow fever vaccine is available for countries to access, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Large scale cholera vaccination campaign kicks off near Cox's Bazaar
10 October 2017 - The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has released 900,000 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of cholera among recently arrived vulnerable populations and host communities in areas around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Large scale oral cholera immunization campaign started today.
Introductory-level online training module on accessing global vaccine stockpiles
WHO and partners – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – make emergency vaccine stockpiles available to countries to stop disease outbreaks.
Countries can now follow a simple online training module to help them quickly request the deployment of global vaccine stockpiles for managing cholera, meningitis and yellow fever outbreaks.
Evaluating two decades of ICG’s work into providing life-saving vaccines to contain disease outbreaks.
8 May 2017 - The Request for Proposals (RFP) for evaluation service providers has been launched on the UN Global Marketplace. The publication of the RFP marks the starting point of the External ICG mechanism evaluation. ICG member organizations (IFRC, MSF, Unicef, and WHO) and partners decided to conduct this evaluation in order to inform decisions aimed at improving ICG’s governance, its mechanism related to the management and accessibility of disease-specific, emergency stockpiles and their composition, the transparency of decision-making processes as well as ICG internal and external communication. The evaluation will also propose options for making the ICG mechanism fit-for-purpose for managing increasingly complex epidemics of the 21st century.
13 April 2017 - A vaccination campaign is underway in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C, a strain of meningitis which first emerged in the country in 2013. Since the beginning of this year, the country has reported 4637 suspected cases and 489 deaths across five states.
The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, which coordinates the provision of emergency vaccine supplies during outbreak emergencies, has sent 500 000 doses of meningitis C-containing vaccine to Nigeria to combat the epidemic.
Though outbreaks of meningitis, yellow fever and cholera are unpredictable events, they can each be controlled by the timely use of vaccine. Vaccine-preventable diseases typically affect people in vulnerable settings who have limited access to vaccines. But vaccines can take months to manufacture, and they are not always readily available in the amounts needed during emergencies. The resulting shortages have raised difficult issues about how limited supplies should be allocated during periods of high demand.
The ICG is a mechanism to coordinate the provision of emergency vaccine supplies to countries during major outbreaks.
The ICG is composed of four member agencies: Médecins sans Frontières (MSF); International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF and WHO. In addition to these members, additional expertise and technical advice is provided on a case-by-case basis from a range of partners.
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Review of the ICG on Vaccine Provision (2006-2016)
ICG on Vaccine Provision for yellow fever
ICG on Vaccine Provision for Cholera Control
ICG on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control
Fractional dose yellow fever vaccine as a dose-sparing option for outbreak response
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