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Three priorities for strengthening our network

Since its launch, LNCT has continuously examined its approach to engaging and supporting country members to respond to transition-related challenges.  Earlier this year, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) commissioned an assessment of LNCT to identify core strengths, challenges, and future opportunities. Through interviews with Country Core Group … Continued

LNCT Steering Committee Spotlight: Irine Javkahdze

Irine Javkahdze first engaged with the Learning Network for Countries in Transition at its launch event in 2017. Irine brings a decade of experience working with the Ministry of Finance and in recent years, experience representing the Ministry of Finance as one of the Country Coordinating Mechanisms’ board members for work related to ending HIV/AIDS … Continued

When Old Diseases Crash Upon New: Crisis and Opportunity

Authors: Peter Hansen and Grace Chee The COVID-19 crisis has made the imperative to find safe and effective ways of delivering immunization even more urgent. Immunization is highly impactful and cost-effective. Countries across all income levels include nearly a dozen vaccines in their national immunization programs, which protect against a wide range of diseases and … Continued

Takeaways from the LNCT Vaccine Hesitancy Workshop: Geneva, Switzerland (November 18-19, 2019)

Authors: Kristen de Graaf, Ekaterine Adamia, Nona Beradze, Ivdity Chikovani On November 18-19, 2019, delegates from the Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) participated in a vaccine hesitancy workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting brought together 12 actively engaged LNCT members from Armenia, Georgia, Ghana, Lao PDR, Uzbekistan and Vietnam with experts from the … Continued

Announcing LNCT’s Vaccine Hesitancy Workshop, November 18-19, 2019 (Geneva, Switzerland)

Authors: Heidi Larson, Pauline Paterson, Leah Ewald, and Kristen de Graaf On November 18-19, six LNCT countries are gathering with experts from Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, Common Thread, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Results for Development in Geneva, Switzerland to put their heads together on developing local solutions to the global challenge … Continued

Takeaways From the LNCT-VPPN Joint South East Asia Regional Workshop on Vaccine Procurement: Yangon, Myanmar (September 12-13, 2019)

Authors: Grace Chee, Miloud Kaddar, and Elizabeth Ohadi The Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) and UNICEF’s Vaccine Procurement Practitioners Network (VPPN), in collaboration with the National Institute of Vaccines (NVI) Thailand, co-hosted its second regional procurement workshop in Yangon, Myanmar on September 12-13. Delegations from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, … Continued

Georgia’s Introduction of the Hexavalent Vaccine: Lessons on Successful Procurement and Advocacy

This blog is also available in Russian.  Authors: Eka Paatashvili and Vladimer Getia As countries transition from Gavi support, sustaining access to affordable and high-quality vaccines is one of many challenges they face. Fully self-financing countries need to maintain their immunization programs while also committing increased funds for new vaccine introductions. Vaccine price and quality … Continued

Takeaways from the Third LNCT Networkwide Meeting: Tangerang, Indonesia (July 3-5, 2019)

Authors: Grace Chee, Elizabeth Ohadi, and Leah Ewald Fourteen member countries gathered for the third Networkwide Meeting of the Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) in Tangerang, Indonesia. This year’s meeting followed the theme of “Resource Mobilization: Moving Beyond Vaccines.” Countries spent three days in focused and energized discussion around common budget gaps for … Continued

Financing More than JUST Vaccines

Authors: Grace Chee and Elizabeth Ohadi The theme for LNCT’s network-wide meeting this year in Indonesia is Resource Mobilization: Moving Beyond Vaccines. As countries prepare to transition away from Gavi funding, so much of the initial focus is on where to find the domestic resources to pay for the vaccines supported by Gavi. Of course, … Continued

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