WASHINGTON, D.C.June 24, 2013The Sabin Vaccine Institute today announced the launch of the newly-formed International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM). With the support of a five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IAIM's objective is to help drive the achievement of national, regional and international immunization goals, including those in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), by fostering forward-thinking and superior management of immunization programs. The association's governing body, the IAIM ad hoc Governing Council, is holding its inaugural meeting today in Washington, D.C.
Tremendous gains have been made in immunizations over the last 40 years. However, challenges remain and will increase in complexity as new vaccines are added to immunization programs. Immunization managers play a critical role in addressing these challenges, as they are the ones who must skillfully manage and integrate each of the elements of a successful immunization program: cost-effective and dependable procurement processes, reliable funding, an effective cold chain, consistent monitoring of vaccine safety and efficacy, effective surveillance systems, productive and proactive communication with the public, and well-trained health workers.
"How well an immunization manager performs his or her job can make the difference in whether the immunization program succeeds; yet these professionals often are not provided with the opportunities for training, peer-to-peer discussion and exchange and skill-building that they need to advance immunization programs," said Dr. David Salisbury, President of the newly-formed Association's ad hoc Governing Council and Director of Immunisation in the United Kingdom's Department of Health. "Therefore, it is both welcome and timely that we now have an international association for immunization program managers that can equip them with the right tools and professional network for the job."
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Sabin Vaccine Institute