From here to the next horizon
Throughout the week, TechNet participants shared their vision for the future of immunization supply chains. There is resounding agreement around the need to stop piloting and start scaling what works: more efficient distribution strategies, better data systems, freeze-free technologies, and more robust equipment maintenance programs. The enthusiasm for data—and the role it plays in driving better and more affordable immunization outcomes—was palpable. There is also a desire to support and empower the people who drive systems: training and motivating health workers, deploying new supervision strategies, and creating a new cadre of professional supply chain leaders.
One important issue on the horizon is the need to address environmental sustainability in the context of immunization supply chains.
Behind all of tomorrow’s to-dos was the sense that progress is accelerated through strong relationships, shared goals, and steadfast leadership. If we take away anything from the TechNet Conference, it’s the need to synchronize our actions and pull in the same direction as if our lives depend on it—because so many do.