Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Process

Since 1998, iIn an effort to strengthen collaboration and minimize the reporting burden, WHO and UNICEF jointly collect information through a standard questionnaire (the Joint Reporting Form) sent to all Member States

The content of the Joint Reporting Form (JRF) was developed through a consensus process among staff from UNICEF, WHO, and selected ministries of health (MOH)

Since its inception, the JRF, which was implemented to avoid the publication and dissemination of discrepant immunization system performance data and to take advantage of operational efficiencies within each agency, has evolved from a limited set of information collected to capturing a wide range of domains of standard performance, planning, financing and quality indicators.

The form which is coordinated and maintained by WHO Headquarters (Geneva, Switzerland) and UNICEF Headquarters (United Nations, New York), is distributed via e-mail to national immunization programmes or the immunization focal person in the Ministry of Health in all Member States of the WHA, the State of Palestine (a non-voting observer to the WHA) as well as several territories in January/February each year by WHO and UNICEF regional and country offices. Once completed by national immunization programme staff in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF country office counterparts, the forms are returned to WHO/Geneva and/or UNICEF/New York via e-mail attachment along the same reporting channels by which the forms were distributed. National authorities are currently requested to return data submissions by mid-April

The immunization system performance data are collected for a calendar year, January through December, and countries may update prior years’ data at any time through written communication to WHO and/or UNICEF. After forms are received by WHO and UNICEF, data are extracted, reviewed for completeness and consistency and queries are sent to countries to clarify absent information and inconsistencies. The nationally reported immunization performance data are then made publicly available on the WHO website and updated on the website at least three times per year (June, Mid-July and December).

The information collected in the JRF serves as a critical resource for tracking implementation of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), endorsed by all WHO Member States at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2012, and the Regional Vaccine Action Plans (RVAPs). These initiatives serve as key frameworks to guide immunization strategies at global and regional levels, and progress reports on GVAP, developed using data reported by countries through the JRF, are presented to the WHA each year.

Other main uses of the data include:

  • Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends, one of the WHO and UNICEF core functions;
  • Monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Contributing to the WHO/UNICEF estimation of national immunization coverage process;
  • Guiding global and regional immunization strategies;
  • Informing vaccine-preventable disease burden estimates;
  • Maintaining global databases and publications, such as the WHO country summaries and UNICEF’s State of the World's Children.
WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Forms available below are reflecting the list of indicators for which data was collected for years 2014 and 2015. For information on indicators that were collected in previous years please contact vpdata@who.int.
In addition, data from more recently included indicators in the JRF are not yet available on the web. Should you need to access this data, send an email to: vpdata@who.int.

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Last Updated: 03 November 2016