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Formative study on Vaccine Indicator and Reminder (VIR) band to improve vaccination timeliness and completion in Nigeria

The Health Strategy & Delivery Foundation (HSDF), in collaboration with researchers from Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL), Johns Hopkins University International Vaccine Access Center (JHU/IVAC) and Precision Development Research and Advocacy (Pakistan) are implementing a research project in Kebbi State, Nigeria. The project seeks to assess the feasibility and acceptability of implementing an innovative vaccine indicator and reminder (VIR) band to improve immunization timeliness and completion among infants in Nigeria.The vaccine indicator and reminder (VIR) band is a silicon band that serves as a constant reminder to parents/caregivers on the need to vaccinate their children in a timely manner. It consists Read More …

DCL receives GSK-Save the Children 2017 Health Innovation Award for Alma Sana Nigeria at Ceremony in Abuja

Imagine a world without reminders, or any nudge to give you a cue on things you must do. There would be a lot of things left undone or a lot of delayed processes. That’s why we have DStv reminding you when your subscription is due and to re-subscribe; telcos reminding you of your airtime so you can reload your phone, and so on. Yet again, imagine having a simple bracelet that can remind mothers when to take their children for vaccination when it is due till they complete their immunization visits/schedule.Introducing the Alma Sana vaccine reminder bracelet! The Alma Sana Read More …

DCL Consultants support WAVA delegation to NASS

Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL), which serves as administrators for the WAVA Secretariat, recently supported WAVA coalition member, Vaccine Network for Disease Control (VNDC) in preparing for and conducting an advocacy visit to two female legislators at the National Assembly on June 13, 2017. In a bid to boost political will for increased immunization financing, VNDC interviewed Hon. Princess Olufunke Adedoyin, erstwhile Minister of State for Health, and Hon. Rita Orji on their strategies to ensure equitable vaccines access for all Nigerians…Read More

DCL contributes to immunization forum with ED NPHCDA

Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL) joined top stakeholders in the immunization sector under the aegis of the National Immunization Financing Task Team (NIFT) at its first formal meeting with the Executive Director (ED) of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) at the Agency’s Headquarter Conference Room. DCL was on hand to provide technical support for the meeting…Read More

Addis Declaration on Immunization: DCL consultants support session for Nigeria roadmap review

Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL), the management consultant for the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) in Nigeria, lived up to its billing as a first-rate health consulting firm as it made veritable contributions during a one-day consultation on the draft roadmap for implementing the Addis Declaration on Immunization (ADI) within the country. ADI, which was endorsed at the 28th African Union Summit of Heads of States on January 31, 2017, commits to ensuring continuous investments in immunization within the African continent so that all Africans may receive the full benefits of immunization regardless of location and social status. Among discussions, Read More …

DCL boosts NIFT advocacy subcommittee at general meeting on SIF

As activities gain momentum in the sustainable immunization financing (SIF) arena, Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL) was in the fray in providing technical expertise in advocacy and research as immunization stakeholders under the National Immunization Financing Task Team (NIFT) held a general meeting on May 17, 2017. As partner secretariat for NIFT with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), DCL – through its consultants – offered key contributions to discussions at the meeting which was summoned to touch base on the activities of the various subcommittees so far, and layout future engagements going forward for the rest of the Read More …

Engaging Communities With Simple Tools to Aid Decision Making in Health Facilities

How do health workers use their data for decision making? Can this lead to improved accountability for RI at subnational levels?These were a few of the questions we sought to answer in Niger state, Nigeria with the Accountability Framework for Routine Immunization in Nigeria (AFRIN) pilot study- a Gavi funded project. Since 2015, the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) in collaboration with the Niger State Ministry of Health and State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), implemented the AFRIN pilot which sought to enhance community linkages and improve the use of data for action by health workers and Ward Health Read More …

With NASS passing the 2017 health budget, what are the implications for vaccines financing?

President Buhari presents the 2017 budget on the floor of the National Assembly, December 2016. © TVCNewsThe National Assembly just passed the 2017 budget on May 11, 2017, five months after the first proposal was brought to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 14, 2016. The new budget was increased by NGN 143 billion (2%) to bring the approved total to NGN 7.441 trillion. Termed the ‘Budget of Recovery’, some aspects of the improved budget will surely elicit cheers, while other areas will provoke jeers. The 2017 budget brings with it a good Read More …

Health Minister receives WAVA delegation and Primary Healthcare Revitalization Support Group

It was an auspicious era for the primary healthcare (PHC) system and specifically for immunization as WAVA through its Vaccine Champions, paid an advocacy visit to the Honourable Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole on May 11, 2017, in partnership with the Primary Healthcare Revitalization Support Group (PHC-RSG).Held at the Ministry of Health office at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, the meeting brought together prominent actors from WHO, National Assembly, NPHCDA, ONE Campaign, Wellbeing Foundation and Evidence for Action to discuss progress activities to strengthen the PHC system and sustain improved financing for the routine immunization programme.In his opening remarks, the Read More …

NIFT Advocacy Subcommittee Holds Second Quarter Meeting

The Advocacy Subcommittee of the National Immunization Financing Task Team (NIFT) held its second quarter meeting for the year 2017 on May 9, 2017 at Valencia Hotel, Abuja. Bringing together stakeholders in the immunization sector, the meeting was convened to bring partners up to speed on the outcome of a Nairobi retreat on immunization advocacy and communication, as well as the vaccine financing outlook within the quarter.The opening remarks were delivered by NIFT Advocacy Subcommittee co-chairmen – Dr. Aminu Magashi Programme Director at Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) and Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, Nigeria Country Director of the International Vaccine Read More …