Publication Date March 1, 2024 About MOMENTUM

Strengthening Routine Immunization in Benin

This one-pager brief summarizes how MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity is supporting routine immunization demand generation, capacity strengthening, supply chain, and data management in Benin.

Publication Date March 1, 2024 Program & Technical Resources

Reaching Zero-Dose and Under-Immunized Children in Fragile Settings

This technical brief outlines the rationale and approach that MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience is taking with partner countries to accelerate their post-pandemic immunization catch-up and recovery and build the resilience of their national immunization programs. It also provides links to dozens of relevant resources. 

Publication Date March 1, 2024 Program & Technical Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Review: Niger

As MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity’s COVID-19 vaccination program in Niger comes to an end, this report looks back on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned that the project had in strengthening the health system. Download this report to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination program in Niger, which was conducted from April 2021 to December 2023.

Publication Date March 1, 2024 Program & Technical Resources

Furthering a Movement: The Perinatal Mental Health Community of Practice

The Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Community of Practice (CoP) is a global collaborative platform for experts and practitioners working in maternal and newborn health, mental health, and related fields. As an inclusive environment for members to collaborate, the PMH CoP will connect individuals interested in PMH, empower them to collaborate to address the challenges and questions surrounding global PMH, and disseminate the latest information about PMH. This briefer shares more about the purpose and structure of the CoP as well as how to join this exciting community. The PMH CoP is supported by MOMENTUM Country and Global leadership.

Publication Date March 1, 2024 Training & Guidance

Gender and Immunization: Opportunities for Action

The global immunization community has only recently recognized that gender-related barriers lie on a critical pathway to achieving high and equitable vaccination coverage.1 As part of its commitment to advancing this knowledge base, in the summer of 2022, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity developed a four-session month long course entitled “Gender and Immunization: Opportunities for Action.” The overall goal of the course was to provide national and sub-national participants from low-and middle-income countries with the knowledge, tools, skills, capacity, and confidence to reduce gender barriers to immunization and document their efforts to advance this nascent and critical technical area. The course was held on the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Boost learning platform. The following gender course materials are meant to serve as a practical reference to help inform and guide the work of immunization professionals in LMICs, global health students, program implementers, and policy makers interested in gender mainstreaming in immunization.

Publication Date February 1, 2024 Research & Evidence

South Sudan Community Health Formative Assessment

This assessment provides an in-depth understanding of the strengths, gaps, and opportunities within the existing community health programs implemented under the Boma Health Initiative (BHI) in South Sudan. Findings from this assessment provide information for planning effective health interventions on voluntary family planning (FP), reproductive health (RH); maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition (MNCHN); and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Publication Date February 1, 2024 Webinars

Exploring Zero-Dose Child Definitions and Measurement

On February 14, 2024, MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity held a learning exchange webinar to discuss how countries operationalize and measure the definitions of zero-dose and under-immunized children. This learning exchange discussed the operational definition of zero-dose children, followed by experience sharing from Mozambique, Bangladesh, and DRC. Country presenters discussed the issues they faced with operationalizing the standard definition and how they are moving forward. The examples featured a range of use cases and discussion with joint problem-solving.

Publication Date February 1, 2024 Webinars

Family Planning Measurement in Focus – Session 1: Family Planning Estimation Tool (FPET)

On February 27, 2024, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator held a webinar providing an overview and demonstration of The Family Planning Estimation Tool (FPET), including how to conduct FPET runs, add new surveys, visualize results, and create ambitious but obtainable family planning goals. FPET allows users to produce annual estimates of contraceptive use, demand satisfied, and unmet need using all available survey data and service statistics. FPET is a country facing adaptation of the United Nation Population Division’s model used to calculate global estimates.

Publication Date February 1, 2024 Training & Guidance

Training and Planning at Subnational Levels for Integrating COVID-19 Vaccination into Routine Health Services – A Facilitator’s Guide

This guide is intended for personnel at subnational levels (for example, district, county, health facility) who are responsible for managing the integration of COVID-19 vaccination into primary health care and other routine services in lower- and middle-income countries. With a focus on reaching high priority populations, the guide and the tools it includes provide a practical co-creation process for identifying both integrated service delivery models and the changes in management responsibilities needed to support such integration. If health personnel have already adopted such practices, this guide can help refine the management practices and processes.

Publication Date February 1, 2024 Webinars

A Practical Introduction to Classic LQAS: An Interactive Discussion about the Whys, Whens, and Hows of Applying Lot Quality Assurance Sampling

On February 22, 2024, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator held a webinar on lot quality assurance sampling (LQAS), a classification method for evaluating a program to determine whether a coverage threshold has been reached. LQAS is a relatively rapid and inexpensive approach to data collection in lieu of traditional surveys used internationally and recently integrated with cluster sampling for applications in large countries. In this webinar, Joseph Valdez, a Professor of Global Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses the origins of LQAS in the 1920s; how to apply LQAS for monitoring and evaluating programs; how to select an LQAS sample size, collect the data and interpret it; and common pitfalls and things to avoid.

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