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Takeaways from LNCT’s Virtual Workshop on Financing and Managing Resources in Decentralized Contexts

LNCT’s virtual workshop on the topic of financing and managing resources in decentralized contexts took place over three days in late April 2021. The purpose of this workshop was to help countries understand the implications of decentralization for immunization coverage and equity for both routine immunization and COVID-19/emergency response and to offer action-oriented problem-solving support for specific decentralization-challenges identified by country participants.

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Georgia COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Campaign to Address Hesitancy Issues

Authors: Ina Charkviani, Journalist and Communications Specialist, Curatio International Foundation and Lela Sturua, Head of Non-Communicable Disease Department, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) of Georgia

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake the globe, signs of hope are beginning to emerge as countries start implementing COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. Early evidence tells us the welcoming news that these vaccines are driving down both new cases and mortality rates.

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Market Intelligence for Action: Preparing for Gavi-Transition Part 3 – Market Intelligence Resources for Product Access and Implementation Strategies

Authors: Jason Zhu (CHAI), Priscilla Rouyer (CHAI), Johanna Fihman (WHO), and Miloud Kaddar (LNCT)

In our previous blog, we discussed where to access resources on product choice and price. In this blog we cover the remaining core area, product access and its role in helping address supply shortages.

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Market Intelligence for Action: Preparing for Gavi-Transition Part 2 – Market Intelligence Resources for Vaccine Product Choice and Price

Authors: Jason Zhu (CHAI), Priscilla Rouyer (CHAI), Johanna Fihman (WHO), and Miloud Kaddar (LNCT)

In our previous blog, we discussed how Gavi transition and the resulting loss of access to Gavi-prices, increased financial burden, and loss of partner support may reduce a country’s ability to effectively procure vaccines. In this blog, we will go into greater detail on how countries can use market intelligence resources,

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Market Intelligence for Action: Preparing for Gavi-Transition Part 1 – Gavi Transition’s Impact on Vaccine Procurement and the Critical Role of Market Intelligence

Authors: Jason Zhu (CHAI), Priscilla Rouyer (CHAI), Johanna Fihman (WHO), and Miloud Kaddar (LNCT)

Gavi-transitioning countries face many challenges in ensuring hard-fought immunization gains are maintained as external financial and technical support is reduced. Vaccine procurement is one area that may be affected by transition – but preparatory strategies do exist. The importance of market intelligence to procurement and Gavi transition may not be obvious because such support is embedded in Gavi and partner technical support and is less visible than co-financing challenges.

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Takeaways from LNCT’s Virtual Workshop on Engaging the Private Sector to Support Immunization

LNCT recently held its first virtual learning workshop for six countries on the topic of engaging the private sector to support immunization.  The workshop took place over four days during the end of October and early November. The purpose of this workshop was to help countries better understand how to engage with for-profit and not-for-profit private sector organizations to strengthen immunization programs,

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How to Identify and Respond to the Disruption in Routine Immunization Services During the Global Pandemic: Lessons from Sierra Leone

Authors: Priscilla Rouyer, Dr. Sebastian Ilomuanya (CHAI Global Vaccines Delivery), Jon Robertson (Vaccines Programme Manager, CHAI Sierra Leone), and Dr. Tom Sesay (CH/EPI Programme Manager, Government of Sierra Leone)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to the provision of health care services. Initial estimates and modeling analysis show the potential magnitude of these disruptions, with a recent study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 118 low-and middle-income countries estimating that up to 1.1 million additional children and 56,000 additional mothers have died since March due to the ripple effects of these interruptions to health services[1].

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LNCT Steering Committee Spotlight: Ganiyu Salau

Ganiyu Salau was introduced to LNCT at the first networkwide meeting in 2017. As member of Nigeria’s Country Core Group (CCG), Ganiyu has since participated in several in-person events and provided input to the network’s activities through CCG calls and meetings. As he participated in LNCT activities, Ganiyu grew to appreciate the value of gathering countries in different stages of transition together to discuss immunization related issues.

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