Expanded set of immunization delivery unit costs now available

ThinkWell’s Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) has launched a refresh of the most comprehensive, current, and standardized global evidence on the cost of vaccine delivery on the Immunization Economics platform.  

In May 2018, ThinkWell launched findings from a systematic review of delivery costs of immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries, including a unit cost database and summary report with seven pooled immunization delivery unit cost estimates. The initial release of the unit cost database – or the Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue (IDCC) – included over 400 unit costs from 54 articles/reports, all presented in 2016 US$. National and sub-national planners and policymakers, researchers, and international partners supporting country immunization and health systems policy have found the IDCC and companion materials to be an invaluable resource in their planning, budgeting, research and technical assistance efforts. The downloadable Excel IDCC and the IDCC web catalogue are housed at immunizationeconomics.org/ICAN. 


IDCC Refresh Launch

The IDCC has been expanded to include 30 additional unit costs from nine recently published articles/reports. The unit costs include data from nine countries (Benin, Bhutan, Chad, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Thailand, Togo and Vietnam). The new data covers health facility, school-based and campaign delivery of oral cholera, meningococcal, HPV and PCV10/13 vaccines. 

Updated IDCC companion products (e.g. summary report, pooled immunization delivery unit cost estimates, etc.) will be released in December 2018. 


Want to Learn More? 

Join upcoming events to learn more about the IDCC! Let us know if you’d like to be kept updated about these events and others moving forward. 

  • October 12, 2018, 10:30am: Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018), Liverpool, UK: IDCC poster presentation

  • October 30, 2018, 9:00am EST: How-to webinar with extensive Q&A

Written materials and videos with instructions and guidance on using all tools and products are also available at https://immunizationeconomics.org/ican-idcc-instructions/.


Call for User Testers

Interested in helping improve the IDCC and other products? ThinkWell is looking for individuals to provided structured feedback in person, by phone or via Skype. If you have 30 minutes to an hour available, please contact ICAN@thinkwell.global.



Led by ThinkWell and John Snow, Inc. (JSI), the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) is a project focused on increasing the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of data on the cost of delivering vaccines. ICAN aims to build country capacity around generation and use of cost information to work towards sustainable and predictable financing for vaccine delivery.