Didn’t watch the video? Let me recap — the video explains what all is involved in vaccinating children. First, we need the science to determine whether a vaccine is effective at solving a particular problem. We’ve got lots of this type of science in health, we know what sorts of technologies seem to work.
But having an effective technology isn’t enough if it can’t get to the people who need it, or if they can’t afford it, or if it’s broken along the way — that’s where health systems (and health systems strengthening) come in.
As the video explains, there is vaccine production in a variety of countries. These vaccines need to be purchased and then distributed to the countries where they are needed. Once they arrive in country, there need to be further distribution mechanisms — often while kept in cold storage. Let’s say that they arrive at a local clinic, in addition to keeping cold they then have to be administered by a trained health care provider of some sort with the proper materials, including alcohol wipes, needles, syringes, and plasters or bandaids.
Overall something as ‘simple’ as administering a vaccine is actually rather complicated, and effective health systems are necessary to ensure each step.
[Contributed by Jeff Knezovich, Future Health Systems, with inputs from Kate Tulenko, CapacityPlus.]