Immunization information systems

Immunization information systems in developing countries have evolved slowly since the start of the World Health Organization Expanded Programme on Immunization in the late 1970s. Typically, health workers at the service delivery level use paper-based systems to register the children who have been vaccinated and the vaccines and other resources used during the process. Managers then monitor aggregate data, but have very little insight into how the program could be improved. Information and communication technology has the power to transform health services delivery in the developing world, but only if appropriately scoped, designed, and built for scale.

PATH works with stakeholders at the district, national, and global levels to define information system requirements and identify appropriate solutions for information management systems that can improve vaccine delivery and immunization coverage through improved collection, reporting, and usage of data. Visit PATH’s website to learn more about its work on immunization information systems and improving immunization coverage with information system tools.

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Key resources

Computerizing Logistics Management Information Systems: A Program Manager’s Guide (2012)
Guidelines for starting, planning, and executing a logistics management information systems automation project that can be used to manage vaccine supply chain systems.

Featured PATH resources

A Case for Better Immunization Information Systems (2013)
An evidence brief that discusses the rationale for improving immunization information systems.

Albania Pilots an Immunization Information System (2012)
A fact sheet that illustrates how a registry-based immunization information system has been used to improve Albania's vaccination program.

Page last updated: February 2014.