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Strategic Planning and System Design Unit PDF Print

India has made significant progress in expanding the coverage and quality of routine immunization (RI) service delivery. In recent times, India succeeded in halting the transmission of wild-type poliovirus and introduced various newer lifesaving vaccines like pentavalent vaccine, Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), Rotavirus vaccine, Rubella vaccine and adult Japanese encephalitis vaccine. The vaccine delivery system is being strengthened through greater stakeholder engagement and application of new tools, technology and processes. The Strategic Planning and System Design (SPSD) unit at ITSU supports MoHFW to develop implementation plans and provides analysis, research and advice to help ensure efficient delivery of immunization services and equitable access to vaccines for all children irrespective of geographical location, gender and socio-economic status.

Strategic Focus

  • Provide policy guidance to improve program quality and reach by supporting monitoring and analysis of RI coverage.
  • Guide programs by identifying solutions to address constraints in system design and implementation mechanisms at national, state and district levels.
  • Support MoHFW in developing plans for roll out of newer vaccines, approved by the Government of India, to be included in RI programme, such as IPV, MR, Rotavirus, Adult JE vaccines.
  • Coordinate with key stakeholders on roll out strategies and operational plans for newer vaccine and implementation on GAVI-supported Health System Support (HSS).
  • Develop and implement an access strategy on use of health technologies for service delivery requirements outside of standard immunization channels.

The unit has developed a comprehensive Multi-Year Strategic Plan (cMYP 2013–17) in consultation with MoHFW and immunization partners. The cMYP 2013–17 provides a strategic framework for integrated programming and future direction for the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) with a focus on core program areas including the following:

  • Service delivery
  • System strengthening
  • Social mobilization and demand generation
  • Newer vaccines and technology
  • Epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Management of adverse events following immunization.

The  cMYP document also provides a monitoring and accountability tracking framework that will enable program managers to analyze and provide feedback on the program performance. It includes a detailed cost analysis that provides insight on the financial requirements for the program in medium term.

The unit hosts and oversees the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) Project Management Cell (PMC) as part of implementation of the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) grant which supports the routine immunization program in 12 states of India.

Last Modified : April 28, 2015, 12:35 pm