Pakistan Highlights

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Supports Pakistan to Reform Vaccine-Related Storage in 40 Days
April 30, 2015

Vaccine management in Pakistan

 In late February 2015, a major loss of vaccines in Pakistan’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) revealed accountability problems and weaknesses in the management of vaccine products. The Government of Pakistan resolved to reform the system for storing and managing commodities, and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination asked the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (the project) to support the improvements.   

  With a U.S.$1.5 million donation from USAID, the project rehabilitated the vaccine-related storage systems in collaboration with the federal EPI, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. The project introduced best practices for managing the vaccine cold chain; system improvements included verification of vaccine stocks by barcode scanning of products, development of standard operating procedures and training of staff, vaccine handling and safety equipment, real time inventories and storage capacity in 25 cold rooms, vaccine vial monitoring, and a web-based inventory management system that allows managers to monitor and track vaccine stocks.  

  With the urgent need to prevent further losses to vaccine stocks and to make the vaccine management systems accountable in the shortest time possible, a team of 30 supply chain experts from the project and the EPI worked tirelessly for over a month. In a press conference on April 23, Minister of State for National Health Saira Afzal Tarar briefed the media on the improvement in the system; she noted that with just a few people at the federal EPI and no other means of support, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT had been instrumental in reforming the EPI in just 40 days. 

The vaccine supply chain management improvements were highlighted in the following Pakistani news outlets: