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An electronic newsletter on the vaccine supply chain

Produced 2009–2013, the Op.ti.mize e-newsletter highlighted advances and innovations in health care logistics, technologies, and policy. Developed by project Optimize, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and PATH, this newsletter provided an overview of the project’s activities and areas of focus.

Click on the links below to access PDF files of past issues.

September 2013

  • Closing the book on project Optimize
  • New vaccine presentations ease supply chain pressures
  • SMS survey paves way for successful PCV and polio campaigns
  • Optimize wraps up collaborations in six countries
  • How can information systems help to improve the performance of immunization programs?
  • Why integrate supply chains?
  • The need for ongoing innovation in vaccine cold chain equipment
  • Announcements
  • Resources

May 2013

  • Tanzania leading the way with barcodes on vaccine packaging
  • Traveling exhibit highlights supply system innovations
  • GAVI Alliance develops end-to-end strategy to strengthen supply chains
  • Project Optimize in transition
  • Gates Foundation conducts landscape analysis of vaccine cold chain equipment market
  • Progress from the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration
  • In Pictures: The traveling exhibit
  • Resources

February 2013

  • Notes from the field: Delivering MenAfriVac using the CTC approach
  • Vietnam’s transition from paper-based to online vaccine tracking
  • Immunisation for All: No child left behind
  • How can vaccines be designed to suit the needs of developing countries?
  • Gates Foundation awards a further $1.7 million to inspire supply chain innovation
  • Bringing an immunization perspective to the Global Health Supply Chain Summit
  • In Pictures: Delivering MenAfriVac using the CTC approach
  • Announcement
  • Resources

October 2012

  • South Sudan deploys new mobile phone-based stock management tool
  • EVM assessment highlights supply chain improvements in Vietnam
  • SIVAC Initiative supports technical advisory groups on new vaccine introductions
  • Optimizing the vaccine supply chain in Benin
  • Can UAVs be used to transport vaccines to remote health centers?
  • Investigating the benefits of selling vaccines in Kenya's medicine shops
  • In pictures: Logistimo in South Sudan
  • Announcements
  • Resources

July 2012

  • Senegal says yes to the moving warehouse
  • How many doses should go in a vaccine vial?
  • Gates Foundation awards $1.7 million to inspire supply chain innovation
  • $100,000 to develop a compostable vaccine container
  • Going digital: Upgrading Vietnam’s paper-based immunization registry
  • Online immunization registry transforms the work of health staff in Albania
  • In Pictures: How an online immunization registry has benefitted health workers in Albania
  • Transforming inventory management to improve vaccine program performance in Kenya
  • Announcements
  • Resources

April 2012

  • MenAfriVac™ planned for use in a controlled temperature chain
  • Global Vaccine Action Plan to receive endorsement at World Health Assembly
  • wVSSM goes online in Tunisia
  • Assessing the benefits of regional distribution centers
  • Do battery-free solar refrigerators work in low-light conditions?
  • In Pictures: Installing and testing battery-free solar refrigerators in Vietnam
  • Announcements
  • Resources

January 2012

  • A giant retires
  • CCL Taskforce evaluates the EVM Assessment Tool 
  • Demonstration to implementation in nine steps 
  • Civil Society and the GAVI Alliance: Engagement and evolution 
  • SCMS success story: National distribution system in Vietnam 
  • Outsourcing: A promising solution for overburdened vaccine supply chains 
  • Announcements
  • Resources

October 2011

  • Increasing transparency of vaccine product, price, and procurement data
  • Cultivating national expertise for immunization programs
  • Battery-free solar refrigerator used for vaccine storage in Vietnam
  • Designing new rotavirus vaccines to meet country needs
  • Environmental indicators for packaging materials
  • Announcements
  • Resources

July 2011

  • Zambia develops user and system requirements for its logistics management information system
  • Albania pilots electronic immunization registry
  • Tracking last-mile consumption with mobile phones
  • Is it time to start barcoding vaccine labels?
  • Open-source logistics management information system solutions
  • Extending the useful life of export packaging
  • Announcement
  • Resources

April 2011

  • Labeling vaccines to reflect their true heat stability
  • Solutions to the waste management conundrum
  • Solar is getting hotter
  • Cool innovations for vaccine transportation and storage
  • Seeking VVM stories
  • Meetings
  • Announcements
  • Resources

December 2010

  • Addressing the human factor in public-health supply chains
  • Professionalizing supply chain management
  • EPIVAC delivers professional training to district medical officers
  • Senegal launches demonstration of mobile warehouse
  • A new TechNet21 website: preserving its origins; building the future
  • Using software to achieve continuous quality improvement in supply chain performance
  • Announcements
  • New materials

September 2010

  • Using mobile phones to track immunizations
  • China considers VVMs
  • Cold chain “think tank” attempts a unified vision for immunization logistics
  • The first global training on effective vaccine management
  • New committee to advise the World Health Organization on immunization practices
  • Announcements
  • Meetings
  • New material
  • Request for information

June 2010

  • First solar direct-drive refrigerator receives WHO prequalification
  • WHO develops a process to determine programmatic suitability of vaccines for prequalification
  • Toward a global framework for e-health information systems
  • Modeling tools under development
  • Supply chain assessment reveals opportunities for Vietnam
  • Vaccine vial monitor use, policy, and practices in four regions
  • Your phone rings; it’s the freezer calling
  • New in print
  • Announcements

March 2010

  • Partners begin effort to envision future supply chain systems
  • Tunisia to demonstrate innovative supply chain solutions for the future
  • Cold chain and logistics taskforce focuses on interagency cooperation
  • Japan’s support for strengthening cold chain and logistics systems: lessons learned
  • with a focus on Fridge-tags® and SolarChill
  • New bivalent polio vaccine simplifies logistics in hard-to-reach areas
  • AVI initiative confronts supply chain shortcomings
  • Optimize releases new brochure
  • New project announcement
  • Supply chain issues discussed at Global Immunization Meeting
  • Request for proposals: TechNet website management

November 2009

  • Optimizing presentation and packaging for HPV vaccines
  • Increasing the acceptable temperature range for certain vaccines
  • Albania explores computerized immunization registries
  • Fee-based immunization in Vietnam—what can we learn?
  • Managing cold chain equipment is getting easier
  • What’s your vision for vaccine logistics?
  • What’s in a name?
  • Literature review of vaccines used in a controlled temperature supply chain

August 2009

  • Oral polio delivered safely without ice packs in recent study
  • Generic preferred product profile for vaccines
  • Tunisia explores new supply chain solutions for health
  • Is that a Toyota Prius in your refrigerator?
  • Vietnam to assess and evaluate opportunities to Optimize
  • Temperature monitoring study to commence in Vietnam and Uganda
  • Senegal to explore integrated supply chains and new delivery models
  • How accurate weather data can strengthen logistics
  • New resources

May 2009

  • Why Optimize?
  • The role of handheld devices in immunization
  • Public sector and industry: working together to better meet developing-country needs
  • The battery-free solar refrigerator challenge
  • A new, comprehensive, effective vaccine management tool
  • Are vertical supply chains still necessary?
  • Demonstration projects to evaluate innovative system changes