Cost category definitions
- Vaccines: these include the cost of all the vaccines used in the national immunization programme and following each countries vaccination schedule - traditional vaccines (BCG, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP), Polio, Measles and Tetanus Toxoid vaccine) as well as new and underused vaccines (Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib) and Yellow Fever). The cost of the vaccines includes the international market price as well as transport and handling costs of vaccines.
- Injection supplies: these include items such as needles, syringes, auto-disable syringes (AD), safety boxes and other injection supplies. The cost of the injections supplies include the international market value of injection equipment as well as transport and handling charges.
- Personnel: includes the salary and benefits of full-time (programme specific) personnel involved with the organization and delivery of immunization activities and should be recorded at the central, provincial and district levels. Personnel costs include per-diems and other incentives for service delivery and outreach activities. Note that countries are encouraged to estimate the shared cost of personnel even though this is not required in the FSP.
- Transport: includes the costs related to the operations and maintenance of vehicles for the delivery of vaccines, supplies and immunization services (e.g. fuel). Countries are encouraged to estimate the shared cost of transport even though this is not required in the FSP.
- Maintenance and overhead: includes the maintenance costs of cold chain equipment and building overhead costs (e.g. electricity, etc.).
- Training: includes short-term in-service training for immunization activities (and for any type of health staff involved), that occur on a regular basis (e.g. training for new vaccine introduction, injection safety, logistics, vaccine management, etc.).
- Social mobilization/IEC: includes spending on social mobilization activities and materials for information, education and communication (IEC) about the benefits of immunization.
- Disease surveillance and monitoring: includes spending on disease surveillance, supervision and monitoring activities.
- Other recurrent costs: includes any other recurrent cost category to a National Immunization Programme not elsewhere specified.
- Vehicles: includes the annual value of the existing fleet of vehicles used specifically by the National Immunization Programme. These typically consist of cars, four-wheel drives, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and/or boats.
- Cold chain equipment: includes the annual capital cost of existing and new cold chain equipment specifically for use by the National Immunization Programme. These typically consist freezers, refrigerators, cold boxes and vaccine carriers.
- Other capital costs: includes the annual value of any other capital cost category not elsewhere specified. Countries are encouraged to estimate the shared cost of buildings even though this is not required in the FSP.