Understanding a Parent’s View of Their Child’s Vaccination Card

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.

OpenLMIS Version 3.3—Foundational Features Supporting Immunization Supply Chains

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.

Improvement through Continuous Learning: Key Takeaways from the 1st Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

JSI’s Adriana Almiñana and Milly Namaalwa discuss quality improvement and share key takeaways from the 1st Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

“Gone are the days when all family health affairs were left to women alone”: A Ugandan father speaks

On father’s day, JSI’s Timothy Kiyemba travels to Uganda’s Lubaare health center to interview Kenneth, a health worker and dad of three, about how the involvement of fathers improves vaccination rates and other health outcomes.

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

Today 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.

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

As we celebrate World Immunization Week April 24-30, 2016, 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.

Health Workers Improve Service Delivery and Data Quality at a Health Center in Tanzania

JSI’s Lora Shimp visited the Jambiani Health Center in Kusini District, Tanzania during a weekly immunization session meticulously run by two dedicated nurses.

African Ministers Commit to Building Next Generation Immunization Supply Chains

More than 800 political leaders, technical experts and advocates attended the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, sponsored by WHO/AFRO and the African Union in Addis Ababa, 24-25 February 2016.

Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths

In advance of the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Katrin DeCamp and Robert Steinglass provide three key points about how to overcome immunization challenges.

Powering Programs with the Right Vaccines to the Right Place at the Right Time…

In advance of the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Afrcia, JSI President Joel Lamstein weighs in on the importance of vaccine supply chains in improving health equity and outcomes.