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Assessment of temperatures in the vaccine cold chain in two provinces in Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional pilot study

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Title
Assessment of temperatures in the vaccine cold chain in two provinces in Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional pilot study
Published in
BMC Research Notes, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13104-018-3362-1
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Authors

Tomomi Kitamura, Viraneth Bouakhasith, Kongxay Phounphenghack, Chansay Pathammavong, Anonh Xeuatvongsa, Masataro Norizuki, Hironori Okabayashi, Yoshio Mori, Munehito Machida, Masahiko Hachiya

Abstract

All childhood vaccines, except the oral polio vaccine, should be kept at 2-8 °C, since the vaccine potency can be damaged by heat or freezing temperature. A temperature monitoring study conducted in 2008-2009 reported challenges in cold chain management from the provincial level downwards. The present cross-sectional pilot study aimed to assess the current status of the cold chain in two provinces (Saravan and Xayabouly) of Lao People's Democratic Republic between March-April 2016. Two types of temperature data loggers recorded the temperatures and the proportions of time exposed to < 0 or > 8 °C were calculated. The temperature remained within the appropriate range in the central and provincial storages. However, the vaccines were frequently exposed to > 8 °C in Saravan and < 0 °C in Xayabouly in the district storage. Vaccines were exposed to > 8 °C during the transportation in Saravan and to both > 8 and < 0 °C in Xayabouly. Thus, challenges in managing the cold chain in the district storage and during transportation remain, despite improvements at the provincial storage. A detailed up-to-date nationwide analysis of the current situation of the cold chain is warranted to identify the most appropriate intervention to tackle the remaining challenges.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 35 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 31%
Researcher 5 14%
Student > Bachelor 2 6%
Other 2 6%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 6%
Other 2 6%
Unknown 11 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 6 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 14%
Engineering 3 9%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Other 3 9%
Unknown 13 37%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 April 2018.
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#7,679,024
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#1,305
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#148,882
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Research Notes
#1
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