Immunization programme review in Transnistria Region
A team of international experts from WHO/Europe and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) conducted a comprehensive immunization programme review in the Transnistria Region of the Republic of Moldova from 31 March to 9 April 2014.
The assessment covered the 2 largest cities and most districts, including district-level and rural health facilities, to ensure comprehensiveness but also allow in-depth discussion with local experts on:
- programme management and coordination;
- strategies and policies;
- immunization coverage and monitoring;
- surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases;
- vaccine quality and safety;
- advocacy and communication regarding immunization;
The team met with key stakeholders at national, district and health care facility level and targeted specific audiences at each level using standardized questionnaires.
Draft strengths, weaknesses and recommendations were developed for each of the key areas of intervention, a summary of which was shared with health decision-makers before the mission wrapped up in early April. A final report is expected to be available in May 2014 for authorities to use in wider consultations to improve the performance of the immunization programme and follow best practices.
These activities are part of the Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, funded by the European Union, Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The health component focuses on immunizations and perinatal care implemented in close partnership with UNDP, UNICEF and WHO. The immunization component also includes other assessments, communication activities and participation in regional and national events related to vaccine-preventable diseases.