Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The TECHNET Internet Forum

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The TECHNET Internet Forum

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Technet is a group of more than 200 experts and partner-supporting organizations working in logistics for health. Technet provides technical and policy guidance based on consensus, and promotes the development and operation of effective and safe primary, health care logistics throughout the world. Much of the focus of the Technet has been on the management and operational logistics of national immunization programmes and the integration of other logistics elements into primary, health service delivery- in developing countries. In recent years, injection safety, polio eradication activities, the introduction of vaccine vial monitors and new vaccines, chlorofluorocarbon-free equipment, and the vaccine cold chain of the future have become key areas of interest.

The TECHNET Internet Forum began on 1 February' 1998 as a communications initiative by the Technet Secretariat, based in the WHO Global Programme for Vaccines and Immunization (now the WHO Department of Vaccines and Biologicals), and BASICS (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival), a global project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The TECHNET Forum is a moderated forum to facilitate focused discussions on immunization and primary health care logistics while protecting subscribers from inappropriate e-mail and unwanted messages. The objectives for the TECHNET Forum are as follows:

* to continue and maintain a moderated and directed discussion for individuals, worldwide;

* to provide a forum for the concise and facilitated exchange of information, knowledge and experience in implementing immunization programmes;

* to contribute to the development of actions leading to improved and effective immunization programmes and public health logistics.

The TECHNET Forum is of interest to managers of immunization and primary health care programmes, professionals involved in health care logistics, and epidemiologists with an interest in vaccine-preventable disease-control programmes, and manufacturers of vaccine and medical equipment used in primary health care in developing and other countries. …

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