Dept. of Health Research Govt. of India
World Health Organization
Name of the Project Temperature monitoring of the vaccine cold chain to assess the level of freezing in Indian states
Principal Investigator Manoj Murhekar
Co-Principal Investigator(s) Ambujam Nair Kapoor (ICMR), Sailaja Bitragunta (Andhra Pradesh), Tana Takum, Raja Dodum (Arunachal Pradesh), Varsha Singh (Bihar), Kamlesh Parmar (Gujarat), Balraj Singh (Himachal Pradesh), D. Ravishankar (Karnataka), Rajesh Sisodiya (Madhya Pradesh), Somorjit Ningombum (Manipur), K. Kolanda Swamy, R. Subramaniam (Tamil Nadu), Pramit Ghosh, Kalyan Mukhopadhyay (West Bengal)
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Funding Agency / Sponsor • UNICEF, India
Budget • Rs 1,500,000
Study Period • Jan-Dec 2012
Objectives ·      Estimate the frequency of exposure to freezing temperatures at various levels in vaccine cold chain in selected Indian states 
·      Assess the maintenance of cold chain in the selected health facilities to identify possible reasons for freezing
Description The study was conducted following the WHO protocol for temperature monitoring in the vaccine cold chain. The study involved monitoring of the temperatures during the storage and transport of the vaccines up to the last cold chain points using electronic data loggers. The data loggers were programmed to take the temperature readings at 30-minute interval and had a capacity to record temperatures for a period of 5.5 months. The temperature during shipment of vaccines from the last cold chain point to the outreach session and till the completion of the vaccination session was monitored using Freeze event indicator (Freeze Marker, Lisa Line)
Quarterly Reports (5-10 lines) The data analysis is completed. The findings of the study were discussed with the Technical Advisory Group of the study. Final report is under preparation. 
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