Subregional workshop on Effective Vaccine Management policies and practices

25–28 November 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia

The aim of this workshop is to strengthen in-country capacity on:

  • implementing evidence-based plans to improve management, monitoring and supervision of immunization supply chains; and 
  • institutionalizing best vaccine management practices to ensure that vaccines are fully protected from the point of arrival in the country to the point they are administered.

Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will share country progress on implementing Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) improvement plans and review WHO guidance, tools and new technology to strengthen vaccine management.

Vaccine management challenges

Immunization programmes in these countries are challenged by the dynamic implementation of new vaccines, expansion of immunization to adolescents, adults and special risk groups and at the same time by growing public concern related to the quality and safety of administered vaccines and by resistance to vaccination.

EVM assessments conducted in 2011–2013 revealed a wide range of vaccine management issues both in low- and middle-income countries that potentially affect the quality and safety of vaccines before they reach the point of use, including:

  • a lack of adequate national vaccine management policies and standard operating procedure;
  • insufficient cold chain storage capacity;
  • exposure to unsafe or undocumented temperatures; and 
  • inadequate vaccine supply to meet the demand.