Global Immunization Strategic Framework 2011–2015: U.S. Government and Global Health Context
Although CDC is committed to targeted efforts to strengthen immunization systems and achieve time-bound impacts on VPDs, these aims must be implemented in the context of other global public health programs in collaboration with U.S. Government (USG) and other partners.
Global Health Initiative (GHI): The USG launched this new 6-year (FY 2009–FY 2014) initiative in May 2009 to focus attention on broader global health challenges—maternal and child health, family planning, and neglected tropical diseases— while maintaining robust funding for and strong commitment to the fight against high-profile communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The GHI also emphasizes the need to adopt a more integrated approach to improving health and strengthening health systems. Immunization remains a cornerstone program within GHI, especially in the target area of maternal and child health. CDC’s immunization strategies will reinforce the GHI principles and emphasize the importance of linking closely with other USG agency health programs at the country level.
2010 National Vaccine Plan (NVP): The 2010 National Vaccine Plan developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lays out key strategies and objectives for 2011– 2020. Although it focuses primarily on domestic issues, the NVP includes a specific goal area on global immunization in recognition of the close synergies between USG and international programs. This goal area includes objectives for all HHS agencies and provides a broad framework for potential contributions by U.S. academic and other relevant partners to global efforts. The CDC Global Immunization Strategic Framework 2011–2015 contributes to the NVP and is consistent with the overall HHS plan.
Decade of Vaccines (DOV): Spurred by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s January 2010 commitment of $10 billion over 10 years for global immunization, WHO, UNICEF, and other global immunization partners have called for a Decade of Vaccines (2011–2020). This effort is designed to build on the achievements of the GIVS and scale up previous strategic targets. Key components of the DOV will be strengthening public support for vaccine use and financing, expanding the reach of delivery programs, maintaining a strong pipeline for vaccine research and development, and exploring strategies that can ensure global access to sufficient supplies of affordable vaccines. CDC is a key contributor to developing the DOV strategic document and global plan of action.