Meetings in Dar Es Salaam
With the GAVI Partners’ Forum and Africa Regional Conference on Immunization taking place in Dar Es Salaam in the coming two weeks, and with the recent endorsement of the Global Vaccine Action Plan, immunization is receiving a great deal of attention. Over the past three years, the Africa Routine Immunization System Essentials (ARISE) project has been working to build the evidence base on what drives improvements in routine immunization in Africa. The findings from this work complement the more typical assessment findings on deficiencies in program performance and suggest ways in which the assets already available within health systems and communities can be used to best advantage for routine immunization.
With the ARISE project coming to a close on November 30, 2012, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit the ARISE legacy website, where a range of technical resources are posted at http://arise.jsi.com/technical-resources/. We would also like to share with you two brief new documents. These are:
1. Notes from the Field – Regular Review of Program and Health Worker Performance: Using Data to Make a Difference.” This seven-page document briefly describes a common driver of improvements in routine immunization Program in different contexts, namely the importance of using data to answer key management questions that in principle (but not always in practice) health workers can resolve with data readily available to them. This document provides examples of how this driver was made to function effectively in the different settings of the ARISE case studies. It is available at: http://arise.jsi.com/files/2012/10/Arise_NotesfromTheField_508.pdf
2. Notes from the Field – Bringing Immunization Closer to Communities: Community-centered Health Workers. This seven-page document briefly describes another common driver of improvements in routine immunization, namely, the importance of health workers who actively and directly focus on community needs. The document provides examples of how this driver was instrumental in improving coverage and how it operated in the different contexts included in the ARISE case studies. It is available at: http://arise.jsi.com/files/2012/11/Arise_NotesfromTheField3_CommCenteredHealthWorkers_final5082.pdf
Please feel free to share these documents widely and on any listserves that you have access to.
The ARISE project was generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.