Although vaccination cards or home-based records are stored in a child’s home (as their name suggests), the health program often focuses on how health workers use these cards and not the role of parents and caregivers as their primary holders. We’ve learned that often parents are not aware of the importance of the vaccination cards or the need to preserve them. In some cases, parents never receive the card. But when the card’s purpose is explained to parents or caregivers, they protect them as a valuable record.
In the 40 years since the Alma-Ata declaration, much has changed. An essential package of services is the norm in many countries, and health education for prevention is a critical component of primary health care. Merce Gasco, JSI’s Senior Technical Advisor, reflects and shares her thoughts on the changes in public health systems over the past four decades.
In Tanzania, the delivery of lifesaving health supplies—from the Medical Stores Department in Mwanza, where the products are stored, to patients at Ukerewe District Hospital on Ukerewe Island—is a challenge. To address this, we are piloting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver health products.
When we first received our funding to strengthen the capacity of a number of USAID-funded Haitian organizations, we were not quite sure how it would go. Would our partners be interested? Would they cooperate or would they resist? The answer turned out to be all of the above.
The OpenLMIS 3.3 release debuts a foundational feature set specifically for supporting immunization programs in managing the transactional movements of vaccines and cold chain inventory within multi-level supply chains. New features allow for greater visibility, accountability, and efficiency in vaccine management.
In this episode, you will hear from JSI Immunization Expert, Robert Steinglass. He talks to JSI Program Manager, Adriana Alminana about the importance of vaccination for improved public health and the growing need to increase focus on strengthening routine immunization systems for sustainability and equity.
The Internet of Things is already taking off in many different areas: in healthcare with drones delivering medical supplies to remote areas; energy management systems for buildings that will automatically adjust the window blinds based on the temperature; or traffic conditions that update your Google maps and give you real-time driving directions. In Tanzania, we are using it to manage vaccines so that children can receive safe vaccinations and lead healthy lives.
Last year, it was estimated that 1,804 of the 3,194 women in Madagascar who suffered from cervical cancer died. The HPV vaccine is not only a cost-effective method to prevent the economic burden of cervical cancers; it also protects against other types of cancers and symptoms of HPV, such as pelvic inflammatory disease.
Rapid urbanization presents an urgent challenge for the world’s low- and middle-income countries. More than half of world’s population (3.9 billion) now lives in a city; by 2050, this number will skyrocket to 6.3 billion, with 90 percent of growth occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The first step to meeting the immunization needs of the urban poor is revealing the obstacles to vaccine access.
Through the USAID-supported Vriddhi project, JSI India conducted a landscape assessment of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) service delivery in the private sector. The study aimed to collect evidence for a private sector engagement strategy for RMNCH.