Using digital technologies for real-time monitoring of supplementary immunisation activities

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Supplementary immunisation activities and mass immunisation campaigns are effective strategies for delivering vaccination to children who have otherwise been missed by routine services. Real-time monitoring (RTM) – activities that employ digital technologies to accelerate the sharing, analysis and use of data to improve campaign quality – can enhance the quality of supplementary immunisation activities and campaigns by helping implementers review progress against targets; identify issues and gaps; track supplies, human resources and vaccine sessions; and make prompt decisions about corrective actions. In light of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, the use of RTM to support immunisation campaigns is more important than ever.

This report from UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance compiles the good practices and lessons learned from countries implementing RTM for immunisation campaigns. Data and information were collected from various sources, including interviews with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) regional and country office staff; consultations with key partners; a field mission to Pakistan; and documents and journal articles. Four countries with robust experience implementing RTM technologies for immunisation campaigns – Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda and Zambia – were included as case studies.

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