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We have spent the last few days, and the entirety of our weekend, holed up in our hotel putting the finishing touches on just about everything. When we left the US, we figured that we were about 99% ready, leaving…

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We have now been around the block–er, world–enough times to see national vaccination systems across the spectrum of capability. Inevitably we start to compare what we see with what we have seen. I realize we have been in Benin for all…

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As often as we talk about our “system”–and will continue discussing how it fares in the field over the next six months–we thought it might be a good idea to give you an idea of what exactly we are talking…

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We have the privilege of implementing our six-month pilot project in the West African nation of Benin. The Republic of Benin, as it is officially known, is not a large country, nor does it appear frequently in the news–which is…

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To give you a better idea of our work in Benin, we would like to start by providing an overview of what we hope to accomplish over the course of this project. The actual project will run for the next…

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It may have been a while since we last provided updates via our blog. In place of that effort, we have spent that time diligently improving our software and in-country partnerships. Thanks to that, we now have a team on…

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Considering where we are now, I find it astonishing that we started writing our software only 9 months ago. When we went to India in November, we had a useful but jagged solution. As the scope of our first pilot…

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Food is a favorite topic of travel junkies. As Mark said in an earlier post, I am more controlled by my stomach than he is, so I’ll take a stab at describing the cuisine of Narnaul. As India is a…

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In case there happens to be anyone out there who reads this blog with a ear toward the technical aspects of our pilot project, I’ll offer what I hope will be a concise update. A quick warning; there will be…

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Friday was Diwali—the Indian festival of lights and roughly equivalent to Christmas in the US in terms of importance—and Shawn and I had the luxury and privilege of celebrating with local families. In fact, many local families. Seemingly everyone you pass…

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We visited the General Hospital today; sadly, it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the eponymous soap opera. As is the case in many developing countries, they are actually over-developed in at least one area: bureaucracy. For us to earn the…

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Hello Everybody, Let me first introduce myself as one of the VaxTrac correspondents writing from India. My name is Shawn and I’ve been the Research Director at VaxTrac since January. Despite recent photos from Mark that seem to show the…

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