Surveillance

In partnership of UNICEF/Nepal and Golden Community – EVM Assessment 2017 is completed.

EVM assessment 2017 – In partnership of UNICEF/Nepal and Golden Community – EVM Assessment 2017 is completed.

Based on the provisions of the National Immunization Program of the Nepal, and following the country plans to introduce new vaccines using GAVI co-financing; mechanisms, an EVM assessment is being carried out. To generate an evidence-for developing plan to improve management, monitoring and supervision of the country immunization supply chain.

With the rising cost of vaccines and the greater storage capacity now required at every level of the cold chain, countries must maintain lower stock levels, reduce wastage, accurately forecast vaccine requirements, and prevent equipment breakdowns. This requires a consistently high standard of supply chain management, which can only be achieved if all of the links in the supply chain comply with current good storage and distribution practices. The EVM initiative provides the materials needed to monitor and assess vaccine supply chains and to help countries to improve their supply chain performance.

The EVM tool used to assess the quality and sufficiency of the seven component elements of an effective supply chain.

The EVM tool is based on nine basic criteria, each of which is divided into a number of requirements and sub-requirements; together these characterize the fundamental qualities of a good vaccine supply chain. Compliance with each of these sub-requirements will be tested using a series of tightly focussed questions, which are numerically scored. Vaccine management is considered effective when scores exceed 80% by each of the nine criteria.