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Virtual Discussion: Human Resources for Effective Vaccine Management – Shaping a Resilient Supply Chain Workforce for New Vaccine Introduction

October 26, 2020

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The immunization program is at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic in anticipation for the new COVID-19 vaccine (COVAX). Countries need to prepare for the introduction of COVAX along with routine immunization and campaigns. The introduction of a new vaccine impacts on program planning, budgeting, cold chain system and the workforce. In preparation for COVAX, we are not oblivious to the current challenges with the workforce: limited personal protection and equipment (PPE) for safety, staff shortages, poor motivation, inadequate compensation, attrition and limited capacity.

Join the Boost Community’s Supporting Supervisors during COVID-19 Learning Group on Monday, October 26 at 9:00 AM EDT for an interesting conversation with People that Deliver and UNICEF colleagues where we shine spotlight on human resources requirements and consideration for new vaccine introduction from a supply perspective.

We will provide answers to the following questions:

• How can we prepare the health and supply workforce in anticipation for the COVID vaccine?
• What critical elements should be put in place to strengthen HR to ensure availability of vaccines, cold chain and related commodities within the EPI?
• What actions should countries prioritize in the coming year to improve HR availability, capacity and retention especially at sub-national levels?

Featured Speakers Include:

Adebayo Adekola works as a Capacity Development Specialist with UNICEF Supply Division. He has 14 years of experience in capacity building, organizational development and performance improvement. In UNICEF Supply Division, he is responsible for organizational development, human resources, leadership and technical assistance (TA) frameworks to support efforts at ensuring quality health and essential supplies for children as part of the national supply chain strengthening strategy.

Dominique Zwinkels is the Executive Manager of the People that Deliver Initiative (PtD). She is an international development professional with 22 years of experience in managing programs with a focus on health supply chain management, livelihood, food security and nutrition. Since 2016 Dominique has been responsible for the management and overall performance of PtD, a broad coalition of governments and international, regional and national organizations working together to raise the profile of the health supply chain workforce as a key strategic area of health systems.

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