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Exploring strategies that worked well in maintaining and restoring immunisation coverage during and after COVID-19 pandemic peaks.
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To effectively restore routine immunisation services and catch up missed children, immunisation programme managers and other immunisation stakeholders can learn from the experiences of 7 countries in the Asia Pacific region and identify promising practices to clear immunisation backlogs and strengthen immunisation programmes to better withstand health system disruptions in the future.
The Linked Immunisation Action Network welcomed immunisation practitioners from 7 countries across the Asia Pacific Region and global and regional technical experts for a workshop focused on “Clearing Immunisation Backlogs & Building Back Better in the Wake of COVID-19.” Led by the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) and held in Negombo, Sri Lanka, the objective of the workshop was to better understand country experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, explore strategies that worked well in maintaining and restoring immunisation coverage during and after pandemic peaks, and identify best practices to strengthen immunisation programmes in the wake of the pandemic. This brief outlines common health system stressors, key mitigation strategies, and key takeaways that arose from the workshop.