Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

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Ideal supply systems for the future

Stimulating Innovation in the Vaccine Cold Chain Equipment Industry

This document describes project Optimize’s effort to stimulate the development of two new categories of cold chain equipment—solar direct-drive refrigerators and passive-cooled cold boxes—by eliminating key market barriers and providing incentives to manufacturers to meet performance, quality, and safety specifications set by the World Health Organization.


Vaccine supply chain costing methodology

Between 2009 and 2012, technical staff from project Optimize worked to develop costing methodology and create an accompanying Microsoft Excel-based costing tool to help estimate the cost of the vaccine supply chain in Senegal and Vietnam. This report documents the methodology used to develop the costing tool.


Optimize: Guatemala Report

This report presents the results and lessons learned in a collaborative effort between the Guatemala Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), the Pan American Health Organization, and project Optimize. The demonstration project attempted to respond to the challenge of introducing new vaccines in Guatemala by implementing an information system for managing individual vaccination records and logistics. For this purpose, two integrated modules were created in the health information system “SIGSA Web.”


Some vaccine costs are hidden below the surface

Project Optimize has been engaging country-level decision-makers through an interactive exhibit that is traveling to key meetings and events in 2013. The exhibit features supply chain innovations that are being developed and tested in different countries around the world. The exhibit is designed to actively involve participants in the discoveries and unanswered questions relating to vaccine supply and logistics systems. We’re hoping the experience will provoke discussion, new ways of thinking, and new solutions to old (and new) challenges.


Lessons learned from an operations research assessment of new supply chain demonstrations in four countries

In 2012, project Optimize completed an assessment to explore the acceptability and feasibility of the innovative supply chain interventions the project had demonstrated in four collaborating countries. This effort was to attempt to learn about future implementations, and to understand the current challenges and opportunities in the implementations.


Optimize: Tunisia Report

This report presents the results and findings of three demonstration projects undertaken in Tunisia as part of a partnership between project Optimize and the Tunisian Ministry of Health (MOH). Between 2009 and 2012, Optimize collaborated with the MOH to demonstrate innovations in the supply chain that can help the national immunization program meet the demands of an increasingly large and costly portfolio of vaccines.


Optimize: Albania Report

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. This report describes the demonstration projects undertaken in Albania as part of the collaboration.


Achieving the global vision for future immunization supply and logistics systems: Action plans

Developed in collaboration with national and international partners and coordinated by project Optimize, these action plans describe specific activities and strategies designed to help achieve the 2020 vision for immunization supply and logistics systems. The vision and action plans are divided into five priority areas: vaccine products and packaging, immunization supply system efficiency, environmental impact of immunization supply systems, immunization information systems, and human resources for immunization logistics.


Developing a vision for immunization supply systems in 2020: Landscape analysis summaries

Facilitated by project Optimize and conducted by a multidisciplinary group of partners, these landscape analyses highlight ongoing work related to five priority areas that comprise the vision for immunization supply systems in 2020. The analyses also highlight critical gaps that need to be addressed to achieve the vision. The five priority areas are vaccine and related products, supply system design, environmental impact, information systems, and human resources.


Immunization logistics and supply systems: From vision to action

Summary report from stakeholder workshops in Washington DC and Seattle, WA, conducted in July 2010.


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