Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional workshop on immunization

Thu Nga Dang
Mar 02, 2017
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From 6 to 9 March of 2017, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional workshop on immunization was organized in Dead Sea Amman, Jordan.

Designed as a collaborative and applied learning experience, this four-day training workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO immunization supply chain management (ISCM) programmes in 11 MENA countries. The participants included representatives from UNICEF, WHO, Ministry of Health, MENA immunization cold chain leaders, non-governmental organizations and other relevant agencies.

The objectives of the workshops were to:

  1. Review the current status of iSC system performance across countries in the MENA region,
  2. Identify successful interventions within the MENA region, and externally, that can support continuous improvements in iSC performance and wider program outcomes.
  3. Identify appropriate strategies and interventions for each country to facilitate iSC system improvements including linkages with global support streams
  4. Identify opportunities where ISC improvements can also enhance immunization coverage/equity (including emergencies), demand creation, new vaccine introductions, product safety/quality and health systems strengthening.

Covering a broad range of topics (e.g. temperature monitoring, human resources, cold chain inventory, national logistics working groups, systems redesign, coverage and equity, and supply chain in emergency context) the workshop engaged all participants in building their knowledge base and guide them in both their planning and operations.

GaneshAID specialist as UNICEF consultant co-chaired the sessions within the Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) and National Logistics Working Group knowledge area. The Knowledge Team focused on the steps of the EVM Improvement Planning process that deal with (a) the analysis of EVM assessment data to understand the EPI systems performance at all levels, (b) the bottleneck analysis to determine root causes to ISC systems performance, (c) the stakeholder analysis, (d) the development of planning strategies to enable the programme and relevant stakeholders to effectively address the identified bottlenecks. The session examined the prerequisites and process for forming an NLWG to support EVM progress.

Presentations, posters, standing banners related to National logistics working group to oversee the immunization supply chain management, comprehensive EVM, continuous Improvement Plan (cIP), engaging stakeholders, tagging data, vision and strategy were well prepared and presented in the workshop.

The materials of the workshop prepared by GaneshAID team can be found on the GaneshAID website at http://elearning.ganeshaid.com/course/view.php?id=6

For further information about the workshop, please visit its website at http://menaroworkshop.immunization2030.com

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