New WHO Guidance Discusses Immunization Program Implementation, Evaluation

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, discusses a new document from the WHO discussing immunization program implementation and monitoring. “…[W]e now have solid, evidence-based advice on how to introduce new vaccines in a way that will help achieve maximum impact. The WHO report is a valuable resource for anyone involved in the process of deciding, planning, implementing and/or monitoring vaccine introduction. It directs you to the latest guidance and tools related to decision-making, economic analyses, cold chain, integrated disease control, vaccine safety, communications, monitoring and evaluation, and highlights how vaccine introductions can be implemented strategically to strengthen immunization and health systems” (4/7).