As 2019 begins, Lora Shimp, co-director of JSI’s Immunization Center, provides her thoughts on how the global immunization community is envisioning the exciting decade ahead.
Sometimes, simpler solutions like paper cards are more efficient and usable than technology – particularly where they are needed most and where mobile services, electricity, the internet, and computers are not reliably available. Also, often the paper cards – when their value is emphasized and understood – can “live on” longer than the ever-changing and limited archival storage of electronic systems. A combination of both can be very effective.
In Madagascar, JSI supported the introduction of HPV vaccine in a two-phase pilot. Lora Shimp and Heather Casciato share the key lessons learned from the program for World Immunization Week.
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.
JSI’s Lora Shimp visited the Jambiani Health Center in Kusini District, Tanzania during a weekly immunization session meticulously run by two dedicated nurses.