Weekly Digest #598 05 November 2021

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Weekly Digest

Issue: 598

5th November 2021

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This week

New forum posts

Global Mass Vaccination Site Survey

The Boost Community is collaborating with colleagues at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to develop resources in our Global Mass Vaccination Site Collaborative (GMVSC). This collaborative aims to assist immunization professionals with easily accessible tools, resources and experts for vaccination site operations.We ask that you please complete this short survey (7-10 minutes) by November 10, 2021 to help us understand the current and potential state of mass vaccination sites in your country.

Take the Survey!

Madalyn Ulrich

04/11/2021

Global initiatives

 

 

 

Next webinar session: COVID-19 Vaccination financing in the South-East Asia Region (WHO series on Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines)

You can already register to the next session of the webinar series WHO Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines.

Topic: COVID-19 Vaccination financing in the South-East Asia Region

When: Wednesday 10 November 09:00 CET*

*Please note the earlier start time of this session

Interpretation into French and Spanish will be available 

 

Registration link: https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-laAatzPS1SeSxvJmF-PNg 

Louis Alexandre Whest

04/11/2021

Programme management

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HLN’s Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) chosen as a Digital Public Goods Standard

HLN Consulting is thrilled to announce that the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) project has been chosen by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) as innovative open technology and listed in their Digital Public Goods registry. Technologies included in the list are considered to be digital public goods in alignment with the Digital Public Goods Standard. ICE now appears in the Digital Public Goods registry where it is discoverable as a digital public good and reflected on a growing network of catalogs and aggregated lists of digital public goods. The DPGA believes that sharing digital innovation is crucial to building a more equitable world.

The DPGA is a new international initiative that aims to accelerate the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in low- and middle-income countries by investing and sharing open technologies. This includes open source software, data, AI models, standards, and content that adhere to privacy and other applicable best practices. The Digital Public Goods Standard is a set of specifications and guidelines designed to maximize consensus about whether something conforms to the definition of digital public goods laid out by the UN Secretary-General in the 2020 Roadmap to Digital Cooperation.

ICE is a free, open-source immunization forecasting evaluation and software system whose default immunization schedule supports all routine childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations in the United States. It is based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). As an open source platform ICE can be adapted to meet the guidelines used in other countries.  ICE utilizes its immunization rules and patient data to evaluate and return the validity of each immunization in the patient’s history along with one or more evaluation reasons. It also returns a recommendation for each vaccine group along with one or more recommendation reasons. 

Noam Arzt, President of HLN Consulting stated “For us, being recognized as a digital public good means expanding the exposure to the ICE open source software and minimizing the barriers to installing and using ICE anywhere in the world. With the COVID pandemic still present in many countries worldwide, ICE is a major open source tool available to ensure that the proper vaccinations are administered at the right time.” 

Arzt added that “While ICE rules are currently based on US ACIP recommendations, it can be adapted to include rules based on WHO clinical guidelines or country-specific requirements.” Arzt emphasized that that flexibility is one of the key reasons why HLN Consulting chose open source as their development model nearly ten years ago when HLN began the development of ICE. HLN developed ICE in collaboration with several state and local public health agencies who collaborated on the project.For any inquiries on the ICE project please reach out to Noam Arzt. For more information on the Digital Public Goods Alliance please reach out tohe...@digitalpublicgoods.netClick here for the press release.

Lux Phatak

02/11/2021

Immunization information systems & coverage monitoring

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Online survey: Infant RSV monoclonal antibody device/container assessment

Dear colleagues,

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common cause of childhood acute lower respiratory infection that leads to hospitalizations and deaths, particularly in children younger than 6 months. Product development efforts are underway to make available a monoclonal antibody (mAb) that protects infants from RSV. PATH is currently collecting feedback on the most appropriate container/device to administer one such RSV mAb to infants. The goal of the project is to inform infant RSV mAb product development.

We would like to invite TechNet members with expertise in childhood immunizations to complete an online survey to contribute feedback in selecting the most appropriate container/device to administer the RSV mAb product to infants. The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed until November 15, 2021 by clicking on the link here: RSV mAb stakeholder survey.

If the link above does not work, try copying the link below into your web browser:

https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=K7DJMCRWK4LLLFRL

Your contributions are invaluable to this effort, and we look forward to learning from your insights! Thank you very much, in advance, for your time.

Best,

Collrane Frivold

Technical Officer, Packaging and Delivery Technologies

Medical Devices and Health Technologies Program

PATH

Collrane Frivold

01/11/2021

Vaccines and delivery technologies

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Re: New webinar series: Deploying an electronic LMIS: Making the right choice

The recording and presentation of last week’s session: Introducing DHIS2's Last Mile eLMIS Module, are now available: 

You can find all presentation slides and recordings from the previous sessions of this webinar series on our dedicated page:

https://www.technet-21.org/en/topics/elmis

Géraldine Nemrod

01/11/2021

Supply chain and logistics

 

 

 

Re: Webinar #13: Mini-cPIE lessons learned highlights and regional perspectives (WHO series on Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines)

The recording of the webinar session: Mini-cPIE lessons learned highlights and regional perspectives is now available in:

- English: https://youtu.be/hUyjHIc6kpM

- French: https://youtu.be/PhLKgapzLFI

- and Spanish: https://youtu.be/5kSz3NvQRgw

For presentations, recordings and Q&A from the previous sessions, please visit our dedicated page:

https://www.technet-21.org/en/topics/costing-budgeting-financing-delivery-of-covid-19-vaccines

Géraldine Nemrod

30/10/2021

Programme management

 

 

 

HLN updates COVID-19 vaccine support in its Award Winning ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster v1.31.1

ice logo transparentOn October 25, 2021, HLN released a new version (v1.31.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) in support of updates to the COVID-19 vaccine. ICE is a state-of-the-art open source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.

  • COVID-19 Update: 
    • Added additional support and logic in ICE to handle the following:
      • COVID-19 Booster Dose for Pfizer Vaccine
  • Performance Improvement

Note about Upcoming ICE Release (Tentatively Scheduled for November 2021)

  • As always, HLN is actively monitoring all news and updates in regards to new and existing COVID-19 vaccines. For the next ICE release, we will be working on adding additional support and logic (based on the latest published guidance) in ICE and may include some or all of the following changes:
    • COVID-19 Booster Dose for Moderna and Janssen Vaccines
    • Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Patients Age 5 - 11 years old
    • Mixing and Matching COVID Vaccines

The full software release is available for download at https://cdsframework.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ICE/pages/18972704/Downloads 

Plans for COVID-19 Support in ICE

Once a vaccine has been approved for use by the FDA (either Expanded Access, EUA, or full licensure), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an emergency meeting and publish recommendations in a very quick time frame (i.e., days). HLN intends to release a version of ICE that includes updated COVID-19 forecasting as early as possible. The initial release will contain COVID-19 logic that is known at the time of the release. As additional, relevant information on COVID-19 becomes available from official sources, HLN will continue to release additional versions of ICE, at appropriate times.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail us at i...@hln.com.

See the feature article about ICE in Open Health News.

Lux Phatak

29/10/2021

Immunization information systems & coverage monitoring

 

 

 

Insights Dialogue Launch Event

On behalf of Sabin Vaccine Institute's Boost Community, the Bay Area Global Health Alliance and the Alliance for Advancing Health Online, we invite you to join us for the official launch of our Insights Dialogue platform, which is focused on sharing the evidence and how-tos to vaccine program implementers, public health communicators, behavior change scientists and other stakeholders.During this live engagement, you will learn about the new Insights platform and hear from a panel of experts who will discuss two of the case studies featured on the Insights Dialogue platform. These case studies highlight Facebook and UNICEF's collaborative work in Brazil and Indonesia to support behavior change at a community level.

Speakers:

Amanda Dwiarsianti, UNICEF Communications Officer

Sarah Francis, Upswell Founding Partner, Campaigns & Impact

Nelson Leoni, Decode Chief Strategy Officer UNICEF Manager (Former)

Nqobizitha Ndlovu, Adaptive Change Advisors, Regional Director Moderator 

The Insights Dialogue platform will officially go live on November 2, following the launch event.

Register Today!

Madalyn Ulrich

29/10/2021

Programme management

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New resources

 

EVM training module 11: Building and implementing a cIP roadmap

Author: UNICEF, World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Strategy to Achieve Global Covid-19 Vaccination by mid-2022

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Annexes to the interim recommendations for use of the Bharat Biotech BBV152 COVAXIN® vaccine against COVID-19

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Interim recommendations for use of the Bharat Biotech BBV152 COVAXIN® vaccine against COVID-19

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Background document on the Bharat Biotech BBV152 COVAXIN® (COVID-19) vaccine

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Group B Streptococcus vaccine: full value of vaccine assessment. Financial analysis

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Full Value of Vaccine Assessment: Group B Streptococcus Vaccine - Policy and Implementation Issues

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2020

Link: View

 

Full Value of Vaccine Assessment: Group B Streptococcus Vaccine Executive Summary

Author: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Group B Streptococcus Vaccine: full value vaccine assessment

Author: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Giám Sát Hỗ Trợ Trực Tuyến - Sáng Kiến Tăng Cường Triển Khai Hệ Thống Quản Lý Thông Tin Tiêm Chủng Quốc Gia tại Việt Nam trong Thời Kỳ Khủng Hoảng bởi Đại Dịch COVID-19

Author: Vietnamese: PATH, Chương trình Tiêm chủng mở rộng Quốc gia

Published: 2020

Link: View

 

Virtual Supportive Supervision - An Innovative Approach for Strengthening Electronic Immunization Registry System Implementation in Vietnam during the COVID-19 Crisis

Author: PATH, Vietnam National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI)

Published: 2020

Link: View

 

Préparation et stockage du vaccin Janssen contre la COVID-19

Author: Immunization Academy

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Preparing and Storing the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Updated 21 October 2021)

Author: Immunization Academy

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines - Q&A for Session 12: Operational Microplanning for COVID-19 Vaccination and experience with multiple products

Author: TechNet-21

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Background document on the inactivated vaccine Sinovac-CoronaVac against COVID-19

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Annexes to the recommendations for use of the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19: Grading of evidence, Evidence to recommendation tables

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Interim recommendations for use of the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac, developed by Sinovac

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Coadministration of seasonal inactivated influenza and COVID-19 vaccines

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

Introducing DHIS2's Last Mile eLMIS Module

Author: DHIS2

Published: 2021

Link: View

 

 

 

Upcoming events

10

Nov

WHO COSTING, BUDGETING, FINANCING AND DELIVERY OF COVID-19 VACCINES - COVID-19 Vaccination financing in the South-East Asia Region

 

10th Nov 2021 8:00AM - 10th Nov 2021 8:00AM

11

Nov

Where are we with temperature monitoring of cold chain? - Temperature Monitoring: Keeping a Cold Chain Cold webinar series

 

11th Nov 2021 2:00PM - 11th Nov 2021 3:00PM

11

Nov

The Future of Pneumonia Prevention: Building on the Success of Vaccines

 

11th Nov 2021 3:00PM - 11th Nov 2021 4:00PM

23

Nov

Data Tools, Dashboards and Digital Technology for Immunization Supply Chains

 

23rd Nov 2021 1:00PM - 23rd Nov 2021 2:00PM

 

 

Latest jobs

 

National COVID-19 Immunization Coordination consultant - UNICEF, Fiji

Organization: UNICEF

Location: Fiji

Deadline: 14 December 2021

Website: View

Individual Communication & social behavior change consultant to support COVID-19 vaccine demand Generation and hesitancy (Nationals only) - UNICEF, Suriname

Organization: UNICEF

Location: Suriname

Deadline: 13 November 2021

Website: View

Stakeholder Partnerships Manager, Vaccine Acceptance and Demand - Sabin Vaccine Institute, United States

Organization: Sabin Vaccine Institute

Location: United States

Deadline: 30 November 2021

Website: View

Technical Officer - JSI, United States

Organization: JSI

Location: United States

Deadline: 30 November 2021

Website: View

M&E Officer - Immunization - JSI, United States

Organization: JSI

Location: United States

Deadline: 30 November 2021

Website: View

 

Latest Blogs

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION_WER No. 44, 2021 / ORGANISATION MONDIALE DE LA SANTE_REH No. 44, 2021

5 November 2021, Vol. 96, No. 44, pp. 537–548

 

Weekly epidemiological record

 

FAAL et Bee Skilled: « Certificat d’apprentissage collectif n° 1 : chaîne d’approvisionnement pour la santé »

By Rachel Simon on November 2nd, 2021

Le Fédération Africaine Des Associations De Logisticiens (FAAL) et Bee Skilled lançent un cours d’apprentissage en ligne sur la chaîne d’approvisionnement pour les jeunes professionnels des pays francophones. Le « Certificat d’apprentissage collectif n° 1 : chaîne...

 

IAPHL News Archive

 

IAPHL Partnership with the Fédération Africaine Des Associations De Logisticiens (FAAL)

By Rachel Simon on November 2nd, 2021

IAPHL is excited to announce our official partnership with the Fédération Africaine Des Associations De Logisticiens (FAAL), a network of supply chain and logistics...

 

IAPHL News Archive

 

 

 

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