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Right for Response: Matching Digital Tools to COVID-19

This article originally appeared on PATH.org. Below is an excerpt. When the pandemic began stretching health systems thin, decision-makers looked for data to help them understand where and how COVID-19 was impacting their communities. To avoid repeating the mistakes made in 2014/2015, the US Agency for International Development and PATH’s Digital Square initiative teamed up on a project known … Continued

Free Online Course and Certificate on Facilitating and Coaching Virtually

Results for Development and its partners have launched a new e-learning module, “Remote Coaching,” as part of The Coaching Approach.  The Coaching Approach’s fourth and newest module, “Remote Coaching,” focuses on the skills required to provide technical support and facilitation remotely via virtual engagements. During the pandemic, most forms of technical support have needed to be delivered remotely. … Continued

Want to Talk to Experts About Your Vaccine Hesitancy and Demand Issues? Sign Up Now for Upcoming Office Hours with Behavioral Design Experts from Common Thread!

Is your country experiencing urgent vaccine hesitancy or demand issues as a result of COVID-19? LNCT is pleased to offer you an opportunity to talk with behavioral scientists, public health experts, communicators, and designers from Common Thread about these issues during an upcoming “office hour” session in August. How to sign up: LNCT countries can sign up for a one-hour “office hour” … Continued

Ghana to Become First Country to Use Contactless Biometrics in National Vaccination Program

Ghana

The Ghana Health Service, in partnership with Gavi and Arm, will begin a biometric-based national vaccination program in October 2021 using contactless technology from Simprints. Starting in the Eastern region, the project is reportedly the first national vaccination scheme to use contactless biometrics. After initially dispensing COVID-19 vaccinations, the system will move on to incorporate … Continued

Sign Up for an Upcoming 4-part Training Course on Enhancing Skills in Immunization Planning, Implementation and Monitoring

Join Boost Community and JSI | John Snow, Inc. for a 4-part training course designed for sub-national and national immunization professions, focused on enhancing skills in immunization planning, implementation and monitoring! This course will introduce tools and processes to improve facility and district-level implementation of the Reaching Every District strategy. The course highlights recent lessons learned from … Continued

COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to Major Backsliding on Childhood Vaccinations, New WHO, UNICEF Data Shows

This news release originally appeared on the WHO’s website here. Below is an excerpt.  23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019 – according to official data published today by WHO and UNICEF. This latest set of comprehensive worldwide childhood immunization figures, … Continued

Opinion: Reach ‘zero-dose’ children to build back better

This opinion piece originally appeared on the Devex website here. The scale of COVID-19 vaccinations offers us a unique chance to focus on these people and communities left furthest behind and reach them with essential health care along with COVAX humanitarian buffer, which is designed to provide the often most neglected populations in humanitarian settings … Continued

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

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