The Government the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has commenced the Zambia Expanded Programme on Immunisation-Optimisation (EPI-OPT) project.
The Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya officiated at the inception meeting for the project aimed at helping participants understand the background and importance of EPI-OPT, identify and understand the high priority EPI issues, develop work plans and identify Provincial and District staff roles.
The Expanded Programme on Immunisations, Optimisation (EPI-OPT) brings together a consortium of technical expertise and partners working collectively with the Government towards the same objectives and goals to achieve accurate improved and equitable coverage.
The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has partnered with the MOH to improve the EPI-OPT coverage, equity, and data in health facilities. The strategy aims to improve data-driven decision-making, applied learning techniques for health care workers, and demand generation to create a system that uses quality data to make decisions, using innovation and technology with quantifiable continuous improvement initiatives that are cost-efficient and effective.
The meeting which was held in Livingstone attracted participants from MOH at the national, provincial and district levels, as well as partner organisations such as the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), PATH and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Others included representatives from MOH Child Health Unit, ICT and M&E departments; District Health Directors, MCH coordinators, Chief Information Officers, Pharmacists, and cold chain personnel.