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LNCT Member Newsletter April 2021

LNCT UPDATES NEW RESOURCE DOCUMENT: Mobilizing Resources for Immunization in Decentralized Health Systems: A Desk Review of LNCT Country Experiences As Gavi financial support decreases and countries take on a higher proportion of the financing of immunization, they must mobilize not only the funding needed for vaccines, but also funding for critical operational costs, including cold … Continued

Emerging Lessons from Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Angola, Ghana

This article originally appeared on the World Health Organization Africa’s website and was shared on Gavi’s #VaccinesWork webpage. Below is an excerpt. With 47 African countries now rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and over 17 million doses given on the continent, early insights from Africa’s largest-ever immunization drive offer hope, inspiration and early, yet vital lessons. … Continued

5 Effective Messaging Strategies to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination

This story was authored by Written by Clancey Bateman and Jessica Holli and originally appeared on JSI’s website. Below is an excerpt.  Until vaccines are widely accessible and equitably distributed, messaging will only go so far in increasing vaccination rates. Below, JSI’s Health Communication team shares their tips for how public health practitioners can communicate effectively about vaccines … Continued

Shrinking pie, larger slice – and other health financing ingredients for a timely and strong COVID-19 recovery

This blog originally appeared on the World Bank website. Below is an excerpt.  From a shrinking government spending pie, a larger slice for health makes a balanced diet for most economies ailing from COVID-19. After rapid increases in government expenditure to control the pandemic and to protect people, jobs, and businesses, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects … Continued

Third Module of LNCT’s New Free Online Course on Vaccine Hesitancy and Demand Generation Now Available!

Dear LNCT members, We are pleased to announce that the third module of LNCT’s  online course on vaccine hesitancy and demand generation, “Building knowledge and awareness about immunization amongst caregivers and families”  is now available to the public in English, French, Portuguese and Russian. Developed in partnership with Common Thread, this module focuses on why building knowledge and … Continued

Call for applicants for 2nd WHO training in infodemic management

Deadline for submission: 9 May 2021 at 18:00 Geneva Switzerland time Scope of the training The intent is to cover a spectrum of infodemic management skills and topics focused on skills needed to apply infodemic management interventions and practice to promote resilience of individuals and communities to the infodemic, including misinformation, and to promote self … Continued

Welcome Boost for Routine Vaccination through Pragmatic Financial Management

Nigeria

In Nigeria, the dual challenge of low coverage and inequitable access, particularly in the northern part of the country, has led to low immunization coverage, making the populous nation one of the largest contributors to the global burden of vaccine-preventable illnesses and deaths (VPDs). Lack of political will, insufficient organizational capacity and inadequate funding were … Continued

To Optimize COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, Listen to Health Workers

Kenya

This story originally appeared on PATH’s website. Below is an excerpt. Frontline immunization workers in Kenya and Zambia are now helping to determine how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) model universal packaging and labeling for COVID-19 vaccines will vary from the standard operating procedures they currently use, and how to best accelerate vaccine distribution where … Continued

The Ins and Outs of Kenya’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

Kenya

This story originally appeared on Gavi’s website. Below is an excerpt. Reaching the goals of Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan requires the best possible interaction between public and private healthcare sectors. Catherine Kyobutungi, Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center, provided some insights into the country’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy and the inclusion … Continued

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