Govt To Ink MoU With UNDP For ‘Robust Vaccine Coverage’

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SRINAGAR — Department of Health and Medical Education, is mulling to collaborate with UNDP for implementation of Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network Logistics system (eVIN) for robust vaccine coverage across Jammu and Kashmir. 

In this regard, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo here, an official spokesperson said. 

Commenting on the development, Atal Dulloo said that it is a major step for bringing positive changes on the ground in vaccine coverage. He said that for having effective immunization, government was taking several measures—hoping that collaboration with UNDP would help to bring some positive developments in vaccine coverage across the State. 

The UNDP team made a brief presentation on the proposed activities and time line for eVIN roll out in Jammu & Kashmir. 

The representatives further shared the number of Human Resources at state, divisional and district level—saying that the eVIN provides an integrated solution to address widespread inequities in vaccine coverage by supporting state governments in overcoming constraints of infrastructure, monitoring and management information systems and human resources, often resulting in overstocking and stock-outs of vaccines in storage centres. 

Through the eVIN Project there will be tech-based capacity building and training of over 1400 Government Staff, distribution of approximately 700 mobiles phones and installation of approximately 800 remote temperature data loggers. 

The meeting was informed that UNDP would support the project for two years until September 2021. The expenditure would be borne by the NHM following the conclusion of UNDP support from Oct 2021. 

The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network- eVIN is an innovative technological solution aimed at strengthening immunization supply chain systems in India. Implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from the United Nations Development Programme, eVIN aims to support the Government of India’s Universal Immunization Programme by providing real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The meeting was attended by Bhupendra Kumar, Mission Director, NHM, Dr Arun Sharma, Director Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization, Dr Qazi Haroon, SEPIO, and Dr Shachi Adyanthaya, National Programme Manager-Systems Strengthening, UNDP India Country Office. 


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