Simple but Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage by 2015 will remain out of reach unless vaccines and devices reach heath facilities on time and in the right quantity. The greatest difficultly lies in reaching the last mile—getting vaccines to those in the hardest-to-reach corners of Nigeria.
At national and sub-national levels, stock situations have been fairly adequate; the challenge is to ensure sustainable supply to the most remote local government areas (LGAs) and health facilities. With support from Gavi, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and other partners, the Nigeria National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) recently created and rolled out a national vaccine stock performance management (VSPM) dashboard. This tool includes a visual wall chart and accompanying Excel file to record both actual and target stock levels.