Effective vaccine management (EVM) assessment in Mongolia
A good quality vaccine supply chain is an essential element of an immunization system. A consistently high standard of performance can only be achieved if all the links in this chain are effectively and regularly monitored and assessed.
Since January 2012 Mongolia introduced Hepatitis A vaccination in 12 provinces and in the Ulan Bator city. From January 2013 it will be part of the routine immunization schedule. Mongolia has also piloted human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in two provinces and two districts of Ulan Bator.
With the support from WHO, the MoH conducted an EVM assessment from 23 July-20 August 2012. Twenty participants were selected as assessors and attended a five-day training. The 27 vaccine stores were selected using the EVM site-selection tool. Based on the results of the assessment, an EVM improvement plan was developed in consultation with all partners. The National immunization programme is considering implementation of the activities of the improvement plan to strengthen and sustain the good quality of the immunization programme in the coming years.