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Digitizing the vaccine supply chain in India until the “last-mile”

The vaccine supply chain in India supports the largest immunisation programme in the world. In addition to the difficulties of a vast and diverse country, the vaccine management in India is challenged by the fact that program managers do not have real-time visibility of stock supplies and storage temperature of the vaccines across the health centres. With support from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, UNDP is engaged in designing solutions for the efficient and timely supply of vaccines until the ‘last-mile’ to the most hard-to-reach populations. In 2015, India launched eVIN, the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network, an easy-to-use mobile phone and cloud-based technology that digitises the entire vaccine supply chain until the last storage point at the health centres.

eVIN provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points. eVIN digitizes the entire vaccine supply chain starting from the state level through the regional and district vaccine stores until the last-mile cold chain points, the health centres. The project is implemented by UNDP, in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and with financial support from Gavi- The Vaccine Alliance. By 2018, the project has digitized the supply chain for vaccine distribution across 10,500 vaccines stores and service delivery points in 12 states of India. This has been coupled with capacity building of more than 17,000 government staff including vaccine storekeepers, data entry operators and cold chain managers through more than 550 sessions of training programmes using the eVIN application. The plan is to deploy this technology for vaccine supply across all 27,000 vaccine storage points across all 36 states and union territories in India by 2019.

Information collected through mobile phones and temperature loggers are stored in a cloud server that provides dashboards with real-time data on vaccines stock, consumption and, temperature monitoring.

eVIN aims to strengthen the evidence base for improved vaccine management, including planning of vaccine procurement and distribution throughout India. Online real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperature facilitates evidence-based decision-making and helps reduce overstocking and stock-outs of vaccines throughout the supply chain, up to the last mile.

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