Client(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Services: Technical Assistance, Training, Capacity Development
Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Immunization, Health Systems Strengthening
To address the high burden of childhood disease and deaths from diarrhoea in India, the government (GOI) is introducing the rotavirus vaccine on a rolling scale. In 2016, JSI's India-RVVI Project supported the GOI with the vaccine introduction in four states - Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, the project is supporting the introduction in additional five states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, and Assam.
The project is helping build the technical capacity of these state and district governments to oversee a comprehensive and quality vaccine introduction. Our technical assistance is helping to ensure that all components of new vaccine introduction are carefully planned for, resources are identified, staff are trained, the cold chain is equipped, reporting tools are in place, and all other necessary preparations are made to ensure the smooth introduction of the vaccine and its integration into routine immunization services in these states.
JSI is facilitating the most critical trainings, meetings, and development of respective materials, to ensure that the rotavirus vaccine is rolled out in a timely manner. Health staff will be well equipped to safely and successfully begin to administer the vaccine. This vaccine introduction will be used as an opportunity to strengthen the routine immunization system and serve as a catalyst for national scale-up of the vaccine.