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.
Vaccine Stock Management: Guidelines on Stock Records for Immunization Program and Vaccines Store Manager (2007)
A document that reviews approaches and provides tools for recording vaccine stock information.
Featured PATH resources
Before and After: How an Online Immunization Registry has Benefitted Health Workers in Albania (2013)
A presentation of "before" and "after" pictures showing a paper-based immunization registry and a new online immunization information system.
Vietnam’s Immunization Registries Go Online (2013)
A brief that describes a digital immunization registry introduced in Vietnam.
Page last updated: November 2013.