JSI has been supporting Ministries of Health in eight countries as they plan for and introduce this life-saving vaccine, and in doing so has learned a lot about how to reach adolescent girls.
JSI and MCSP worked with stakeholders at multiple levels of the health system, assisting the local government to improve planning for vaccine delivery, and developing multiple strategies to try to raise and maintain Tabora’s MCV 2 coverage rate.
Despite the demonstrated benefits of peer learning in the global south, rarely had the approach been applied in Africa. In October 2018, JSI led an initiative to foster technical leadership through inter-country peer-to-peer exchange in sub-Saharan Africa.
With USAID funding, MCSP mobilized to address this gap and the outbreak of vaccine-derived polio virus in Madagascar. MCSP’s Child Health and Immunization programming is led by JSI.
City planners and others from Makassar traveled to Indore–the largest city in India’s Madhya Pradesh province–to learn about the city’s progress towards improving the health and well being of their citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.