The electronic vaccine intelligence network (eVIN) project of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has set a new benchmark for global immunisation programmes.
Five countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand) have shown their interest in replicating eVIN’s success to strengthen their capacities and scale up their own immunisation programmes.
eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) is an indigenously developed technology system in India that digitizes vaccine stocks and monitors the temperature of the cold chain through a smartphone application.
The eVIN is presently being implemented across twelve states in India.
eVIN supports the Government of India’s Universal Immunization Programme by providing real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in these states.
The eVIN is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The integrated solution combines:
- Technology: to facilitate evidence-based decision-making by making available online real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperature through the eVIN application software and temperature loggers;
- Governance: to ensure efficient vaccine logistics management by systemizing record keeping through standardizing stock and distribution registers; identifying gaps and improving clarity on vaccine cold chain network; drawing attention to infrastructure upgrades; developing standard operating procedures; and encouraging good practices;
- Human Resources: to empower the state cold chain network by building the capacities of government cold chain handlers; and deploying vaccine and cold chain managers in every district for constant support to estimate vaccine requirements, supervise cold chain handlers and coordinate with cold chain technicians across the district.