Global Vaccination Programs
GID provides scientific and technical support to ministries of health and other public and private partners to control vaccine-preventable diseases around the world, including:
- Polio Eradication
- Measles Elimination
- Pneumococcal disease
- Meningococcal disease
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
The GHI is a 6-year initiative of the U.S. government that began in 2009 to focus attention on broad global health challenges such as maternal and child health, family planning, and neglected tropical diseases. While maintaining funding for and commitment to high-profile infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, it fosters a more integrated approach to improving health and health systems. Immunization strategies remain an important part of the GHI—especially in the area of maternal and child health—and help emphasize the importance of closely linking U.S. government agency health programs at the country level. GID provides technical and programmatic assistance to the GHI in the areas of strengthening national immunization efforts, eradicating polio, and reducing mortality related to measles, rubella, and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Decade of Vaccines (DOV)
Inspired by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s generous contributions to global immunization, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other global immunization partners proclaimed 2011–2020 as the Decade of Vaccines. GID is contributing to this initiative by providing key input to the DOV strategic document and global plan of action.
This initiative will increase previous immunization targets outlined in the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy, 2006–2015 by
- Strengthening public support for vaccine use and financing.
- Expanding the reach of delivery programs.
- Maintaining a strong pipeline for vaccine research and development.
- Exploring strategies for ensuring global access to sufficient supplies of affordable vaccines.