Our upcoming Bright Spots live engagement will take place on August 24 at 1:00 PM GMT (find local time), underscoring the importance of a strong vaccine supply chain system, which is the backbone of sustained routine immunization. Without it, supply doesn’t match demand, unmet need becomes the tragedy of hard-won vaccine acceptance and, ultimately, children become susceptible or even lost to vaccine-preventable diseases.
The quest for an effective system was central to the work of the Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board (SPHCMB). Located in northwest Nigeria, Kano was still battling polio as recently as 2012, and was regarded at the time as the Nigerian epicenter of wild poliovirus transmission. While Kano did not lack health facilities, the vaccine delivery architecture suffered a lack of streamlining, resulting in inefficient delivery of vaccines from the state stores to health service delivery points.
During the session, colleagues from the SPHCMB and the Solina Centre for International Development and Research (SCIDaR) will share how they overcame multiple challenges to create a functioning cold chain system, a streamlined push system and widespread zonal storage facilities – an overall resilient vaccine supply chain system. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with peers.
Before this session, be sure to read their full story – now available on the Bright Spots site!