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An Economic Evaluation of the Controlled Temperature Chain Approach for Vaccine Logistics: Evidence From a Study Conducted During a Meningitis A Vaccine Campaign in Togo

This article, published in The Pan African Medical Journal, reports the results of a costing study conducted in Togo’s Central Region during a 2014 MenAfriVac® vaccine introduction campaign. The study evaluated the economic benefits of using an innovative controlled temperature chain (CTC) approach compared to the full cold chain logistics approach. Vaccines licensed for use in a CTC may be stored and distributed at temperatures up to 40°C for a specific number of days immediately prior to administration, which simplifies the logistics of handling vaccines and potentially increases the geographical reach, and hence coverage, of vaccines. The study results indicate that the CTC approach can reduce the logistics costs of conducting campaigns and that these savings are higher for remote locations with limited cold chain infrastructure.

Author: Mvundura M, Lydon P, Gueye A, et al.

Published: 2017

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Citation: Mvundura M, Lydon P, Gueye A, et al. An Economic Evaluation of the Controlled Temperature Chain Approach for Vaccine Logistics: Evidence From a Study Conducted During a Meningitis A Vaccine Campaign in Togo. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2017;27(Suppl 3):27.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Meningococcus

Topics: Immunization financing, Disease/vaccine specific information, Cold chain technologies, Supply chain and logistics systems

Regions: Africa