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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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Can Social Media Monitoring Lead to Improved Perceptions About Immunization?

Authors: Eka Paatashvili, Gayane Sahakyan (MoH, Armenia), Svetlana Grigoryan (MoH, Armenia)

The recent COVID-19 crisis has shown how social media can be used successfully for community engagement and emotional support, as well as for providing the latest global evidence. Yet, we also see how it can be used as a tool to spread unverified rumors and misinformation about COVID-19,

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Does Pay for Performance Work to Improve Immunization Coverage?

Authors: Ivdity Chikovani

Pay for Performance (P4P) is a financing mechanism that has flourished in recent years as countries look for innovative ways to improve coverage of health services. P4P can be employed as an approach to incentivize health care providers to improve service delivery outcomes. As policymakers in Georgia consider P4P as an approach to address primary health care (PHC) challenges,

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Three Priorities for Strengthening Our Network

Since its launch, LNCT has continuously examined its approach to engaging and supporting country members to respond to transition-related challenges.  Earlier this year, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) commissioned an assessment of LNCT to identify core strengths, challenges, and future opportunities. Through interviews with Country Core Group (CCG) members, Steering Committee members,

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LNCT Steering Committee Spotlight: Irine Javkhadze

Irine Javkhadze first engaged with the Learning Network for Countries in Transition at its launch event in 2017. Irine brings a decade of experience working with the Ministry of Finance and in recent years, experience representing the Ministry of Finance as one of the Country Coordinating Mechanisms’ board members for work related to ending HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

She joined the LNCT Steering Committee in 2019 out of a desire to participate in the decision making of a country-led platform.

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When Old Diseases Crash Upon New: Crisis and Opportunity

Authors: Peter Hansen and Grace Chee

The COVID-19 crisis has made the imperative to find safe and effective ways of delivering immunization even more urgent. Immunization is highly impactful and cost-effective. Countries across all income levels include nearly a dozen vaccines in their national immunization programs, which protect against a wide range of diseases and conditions,

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