The Need for a Knowledge Exchange Platform
There has been a great demand for a knowledge-exchange social platform where high concentration of expertise and related resources are centered on particular areas and delivered in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fashion. This platform creates many advantages for healthcare providers and the population they serve.
GaneshAID has been preparing for such a platform that can serve as a “knowledge and expertise hub” for expert in-country talented health professionals who are keen to share expertise, knowledge, insights, and experiences to promote higher coverage of vaccination in low- and middle-income countries. It is a platform where best practices and innovations are widely disseminated and discussed. These documented best practices and successful experiences allow the dedicated teams to better manage and operate the program.
“Mutual learning among the teams sets the stage for best practices to not only be embraced but also advanced.“
Advantages of the Innovation
The Center of Excellence innovation sets out the foundation for (1) the promotion of national experiences and innovations and (2) the linkage between country needs and novel approaches to target uneven immunization coverage.
- Setting up an instrument of best practices and innovations observatory: documentation of best practices and innovative approaches to ensure high coverage and equity; examination of relevant best practices, success factors, prerequisites, and lessons learned; successful interventions serve as potential models for targeted countries.
- Building a network and community of practices for robust health and immunization systems: through building in-country leadership, ownership, and management capacities; Community of Practices; and networking of national CoP.
- Bridging training needs with opportunities: through recommended programs and relevant training bodies at the national or regional level; repertory of existing competency-based training and capacity-building initiatives; recommended existing tools to assess training needs aligning with the WHO competency framework for immunization workforce.