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Real-time vaccine logistics data to improve immunization coverage through the electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN)

the India experience

The vaccine supply chain in India supports the largest immunization programme in the world. In addition to the difficulties of a vast and diverse country, vaccine management in India is challenged by the fact that programme managers do not have real-time visibility of stock supplies and storage temperature of the vaccines across the health centres. UNDP is supporting the Government of India to ensure the efficient and timely supply of vaccines until the “last mile” to improve access for the most hard-to-reach populations. In 2015, in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNDP supported the Government of India to launch the electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), an electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) that uses smartphone and cloud-based technology to capture real-time data across the entire vaccine cold chain, from the zonal store depots to the last-mile health facilities.

The project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the financial support of Gavi, has introduced an integrated solution to vaccine supply chain management in India, combining the use of a new technology with capacity-building to strengthen governance and human resources for logistics management at all levels of the chain. The technological component of eVIN includes an easy-to-use mobile phone application that allows cold chain handlers to report data on vaccine stocks, consumption and movement, along with SIM-enabled temperature loggers attached to cold chain equipment. This data is stored in a cloud server that provides web-based dashboards and data analytics for technicians, programme managers, and policymakers to view the information in real time. The end-to-end visibility of key supply chain data allows stakeholders to effectively manage and make decisions on logistics management operations to ensure that vaccines reach patients when, where, and in the quality that they are needed.

Since its launch, eVIN has successfully digitized vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across 10,500 vaccine cold chain 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. In 2018, the roll-out of eVIN is underway in nine more states and union territories. Already, the improved quality and real-time availability of data achieved through eVIN has helped to transform vaccine management in India, including through more efficient procurement planning and distribution. This has resulted in reduced overstocking and stock-outs of vaccines throughout the supply chain. Building on the lessons learned and successful implementation in the initial states, the plan is to deploy the system across all 27,000 vaccine storage points in all 36 states and union territories in India by 2020.

Transforming the immunization supply chain: the India story

Scale of eVIN implementation in India
What eVIN has achieved so far (as of February 2018)

Short videos about eVIN

Smarter vaccine management, stronger health systems: the experience of India

An 8-minute video that explains how eVIN works and how India has adopted this technology across the entire vaccine supply chain to strengthen the country’s immunization programme.

eVIN in India

A 2-minute video where a health worker and a high-level official in India explain the change that eVIN brought to their work and to the Indian immunisation programme.

Improving Efficiency of Vaccination Systems in Multiple States

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