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TVEE Publishes Open Source Health Economics Courses on OpenCourseWare

The Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere (TVEE) project is pleased to announce that three modules from its vaccine economics curriculum are now available to the public for free on the JHSPH OpenCourseWare (OCW). The modules published are Health Economics for Vaccines, Costing in Vaccine Planning and Programming, and Economic Evaluation and are available here. Anybody can … Continued

The Equity Impact Vaccines May Have On Averting Deaths And Medical Impoverishment In Developing Countries

Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Timor-Leste

A team of researchers modeled the equity impact of lives saved and medical impoverishment averted from immunization over the period 2016-30 in 41 low and middle income countries (DHS survey availability determined which countries were selected for inclusion). Of our 15 LNCT member countries, data from Armenia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Timor-Leste were included in … Continued

New Rotavirus Vaccine Prequalified by WHO

Bharat Biotech announced that ROTAVAC® has achieved pre-qualification by the World Health Organization (WHO), making it available for procurement by United Nations agencies and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, for use in low-resource countries. ROTAVAC is substantially cheaper than current rotavirus vaccines on the global market and will be available at $1/dose. Read more about ROTAVAC’s … Continued

LNCT Welcomes Curatio

The Curatio International Foundation (CIF) has joined the Learning Network for Countries in Transition as a regional partner based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Curatio brings a thorough understanding of the financial and programmatic aspects of immunization programs, expertise in health systems, financing and policy, and extensive experience on transition and sustainability of Gavi supported programs. Curatio will work … Continued

New Guide Helps Countries Assess Immunization Financing Options

Helen Saxenian, Cheryl Cashin, and Paul Wilson, Results for Development Maintaining high rates of immunization coverage, which is essential for a persistent reduction in the incidence of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, requires a sufficient and sustained investment. In order to ensure that governments are making adequate investments in immunization financing and are doing so through sustainable … Continued

Return on Investment from Immunization

Sachiko Ozawa, Samantha Clark, Allison Portnoy, Simrun Grewal, Logan Brenzel, and Damian G. Walker An important research article was published in Health Affairs in February 2016, quantifying the “return on investment” from investments in immunization. The analysis covered 94 low and middle income countries, including all 73 Gavi countries. It uses projected coverage rates for … Continued

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Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low and Middle Income Countries by the WHO

06/18/2018 - 06/22/2018

Tunis, Tunisia

From June 18-22 2018, the WHO will offer a course in Tunis, Tunisia that aligns with their approach to thinking and analyzing health financing policy and its role in improving health system performance, in particular making progress towards universal health coverage. The deadline to apply for the course is Thursday March 1, 2018 at midnight (Geneva, … Continued

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