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Catherine Muyawala

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Weekly Digest

Issue: 593

1st October 2021

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This week

New forum posts

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

Do you want to learn about Logistimo LMIS software and services? 

Then join the 3rd session of our TechNet-21 webinar series on "Deploying an electronic LMIS: Making the right choice" next week, Thursday 7 October, at 3pm CET! Logistimo will present a country case study. The name of the country is to be confirmed, but we'll share it on our Telegram channel dedicated to immunization supply chain: https://t.me/joinchat/a9Ii8u8S2EFlNmU8 

Details of Session #03: Introducing Logistimo LMIS Software and Services

Date/time: Thursday 7 October, 15:00 CET (Geneva time) 

Registration: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3dDFgsDISFCGZzefXViPBw 

To continue the discussion or ask your questions, feel free to reply to this forum post or to join our new telegram group dedicated to Immunization Supply Chain https://t.me/joinchat/a9Ii8u8S2EFlNmU8 



Supply chain and logistics




Webinar #10: Gavi and UNICEF’s Covid-19 Delivery Support: Everything you Need to Know About Needs-Based Applications (WHO series on Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines)

The WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) and WHO Health Emergency programme (WHE) are partnering with Project ECHO of the University of New Mexico (UNM), UNICEF, and TechNet-21 to host a series of 15 sessions that align with countries’ immediate and medium-term needs.

Webinar series topic: WHO Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines 

The objectives of this webinar series are to optimize the use of existing resources and technical assistance through sharing of guidance, tools, resources, learnings, and best practices to support costing, budgeting, and financing of C19 immunization programs by:

  1. providing technical assistance on the use of C19 tools, guidance, resources, and trainings on costing, budgeting and financing, including the use of the updated CVIC tool version 2.2;
  2. sharing best practices in a community of practice on key challenges, benefits, and use of costing and budgeting tools such as the CVIC 2.2 as well as strategies to maintain routine immunization services

Next session: Gavi and UNICEF’s Covid-19 Delivery Support: Everything you Need to Know About Needs-Based Applications

Interpretation into French and Spanish will be available 

When: Wednesday 06 October 12:00 CET


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

Louis Alexandre Whest


Programme management





COVID-19 Listening and Learning Podcast

The Boost Community is excited to launch a podcast as part of our broader COVID-19 Listening & Learning series.

This podcast will provide insights from the frontlines of COVID-19 vaccine sites around the globe as well as feature experts to answer Boost Community’s questions on COVID-19 vaccines.

Listen Now!

Available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Gaana, Google, Stitcher, Audible

Just Released!

Episode 1: Lessons from the Frontline - COVID-19 Mass Vaccination

This first episode dives into the practical, the tactical and the technical aspects of setting up and implementing mass vaccination sites. With insights from frontline vaccine delivery team Curative and the World Health Organization (WHO), we offer insights to prepare frontline healthcare workers to ensure timely and efficient delivery of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Guest speakers on the episode include:

? Alexandra Simon, Director of Vaccines, California, Curative

? Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head, Essential Programme on Immunization - Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization

? Mwihaki Muraguri, Paukwa House [Moderator]

Episode 2: Pivoting in the Pandemic -Vaccine Research to Vaccination Practice

This episode shares lessons from the Sisonke Study, a phase 3B open label study that provided pre-emergency use access to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to health workers in South Africa. Researchers share the scientific, regulatory and ethical considerations that were needed to move rapidly from a clinical trial setup to active vaccination sites.

? Fatima Mayat, Clinical Trial Unit Coordinator for the Perinatal HIV Research Unit’s NIH Clinical Trial

? Dr. Erica Lazarus, Principal Investigator of the SISONKE Baragwanath and Ahmed Kathrada sites in Johannesburg

? Nqobizitha Ndlovu, Regional Director and Leadership Advisor, Adaptive Change Advisors [Moderator]

Episode 3: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment - Guidelines & Insights for Health Care Workers

This episode features an interview with Ann Lindstrand the Unit Head for the Essential Programme on Immunization at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. Dr Lindstrand answers specific questions from the Boost Community around vaccine efficacy, hesitancy and equity especially as they pertain to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and provides insights to how WHO is supporting the global rollout.

Guest speakers on the episode include:

? Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head, Essential Programme on Immunization - Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization

? Mwihaki Muraguri, Principle Storysmith, Paukwa House [Moderator]

Madalyn Ulrich


Programme management





Responsive Feedback Training: An Approach to Maximizing Impact Through Testing and Learning



Register today: https://boost-community.typeform.com/to/KawFD5AR?typeform-source=www.linkedin.com

The emerging and ongoing challenges of COVID-19 require innovative and agile approaches to program delivery, particularly when addressing vaccine hesitancy across the globe.

The Boost Community and The Curve, a consortium led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and M&C Saatchi World Services, are excited to present a 4-part training course that will teach the principles of Responsive Feedback (RF), a process that helps practitioners use data to make better decisions and increase program success while active in the field.

Course participants will be given:

? Guidance on the steps of the CURVE process, which help organizations prepare for and implement Responsive Feedback within their programs

? Actionable steps that you can integrate now into your programs to address vaccine uptake and acceptance

? Strategies to extract more value from data in low-resource settings and programs

? Opportunities to workshop real problems with vaccine hesitancy expert Dr. Vish Viswanath of Harvard University

If you are looking for an opportunity to learn targeted strategies that can improve the success of your vaccine programs, we hope you'll join us for this faciltiated, interactive course!

The 4-part training course includes:

 Session 1: Setting the Stage: Taking Stock of Your Resources for Responsive Feedback

 Session 2: Charting a Course: Examining Program Assumptions and Asking the Right Questions

 Session 3: Seeking the Evidence: Using Various Tools and Approaches to Gather Quality Program Data

 Session 4: Evolving for Improvement: Holding Pause and Reflect Sessions to Help Guide Decisions for Action

Fast Facts

Who is it for? This course is designed for sub-national and national immunization professionals that:

  • Work in the areas of community health, health/vaccine education, or health/vaccine promotion or outreach
  • Are above entry-level within their organization and have worked for their organization for a minimum of six months

No prior knowledge of responsive feedback is required. Those with and without experience are equally welcomed!

When is it? The course will run from October 14 - November 4, 2021, and sessions will be held every Thursday at 12:00 PM GMT (check local time).

How much time will I need? The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week

Is there a certification? A certificate of completion from Boost and The Curve, will be provided based on attendance of all four sessions and completion of all assignments

How much does it cost? This course is FREE for Boost members

How do I register? If you are interested in participating in this course, please fill out this brief application form

We hope you can join us!

Madalyn Ulrich


Programme management





Case Study for Data4Action Training and Community Platform

I am delighted to share with you the attached case study for Data4Action Training and Community Platform, we have developed this platform for UNICEF MENA regional office to support countries to conduct data collection projects and country assessments in various topics. See attached file. 

Amjad Hiary


Vaccines and delivery technologies




Re: Webinar #8: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning and Implementation (WHO series on Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines)

The recording of the webinar session: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning and Implementation is now available on Youtube in:

- English: https://youtu.be/G4ikKv5YIl0

- French: https://youtu.be/65JhtOxICH8

- and Spanish: https://youtu.be/vTmxwjjNE8U

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


Géraldine Nemrod


Programme management






New resources


The Health Benefits of Rotavirus Immunization for Children in Palestine: Results of a Vaccine Impact Analysis

Author: Palestinian Ministry of Health,PATH,Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation

Published: 2021

Link: View


Guide and Workbook for Conducting a Situation Analysis of Immunization Programme Performance

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View


Missed opportunities for vaccination among children aged 0–23 months visiting health facilities in a southwest State of Nigeria, December 2019

Author: Akinola Ayoola Fatiregun,Elvis Isere,Fiona Braka,Francis Adegoke Akanbiemu,Itse Olaoye,Kofi Boateng,Lassané Kaboré,Laura Nic Lochlainn,Modupeola Dosumu,Richard Banda,Rosemary Onyibe,Yetunde Olagbuji

Published: 2021

Link: View


Introducing Bileeta LMIS Software and Services

Author: Bileeta

Published: 2021

Link: View




Upcoming events



WHO COSTING, BUDGETING, FINANCING AND DELIVERY OF COVID-19 VACCINES - Gavi and UNICEF’s Covid-19 Delivery Support: Everything you Need to Know About Needs-Based Applications


06th Oct 2021 10:00AM - 06th Oct 2021 11:00AM



Deploying an electronic LMIS: Making the right choice: 03 - Introducing Logistimo LMIS Software and Services


07th Oct 2021 1:00PM - 07th Oct 2021 2:00PM



Webinar on novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) rollout – next steps


18th Oct 2021 2:00PM - 18th Oct 2021 3:30PM



Latest jobs


Consultants Nationaux NOC (Appui à la lutte contre la pandémie COVID19) - WHO, Mauritanie

Organization: WHO

Location: Mauritanie

Deadline: 05 October 2021

Website: View

Consultants Nationaux NOB (Appui a la pandemie COVID19) - WHO, Mauritania

Organization: WHO

Location: Mauritania

Deadline: 05 October 2021

Website: View

Immunization Specialist (Vaccines Management) P3 - UNICEF, Zambia

Organization: UNICEF

Location: Zambia

Deadline: 12 October 2021

Website: View

National Cold Chain Support Contractor - to provide support for cold chain and logistics during introduction and roll out of COVID19 vaccines and routine immunization - UNICEF, Lesotho

Organization: UNICEF

Location: Lesotho

Deadline: 12 October 2021

Website: View

Consultant to support UNICEF’s global demand for immunization team to track, monitor and document initiatives on COVID-19 vaccines confidence and uptake - UNICEF, United States

Organization: UNICEF

Location: United States

Deadline: 11 October 2021

Website: View


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