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Vaccines are one of the most effective health interventions ever developed. We are committed to research on new vaccines, and the delivery of existing and future vaccines to those who need them. We can’t do it alone though. Donors, private industry and other partners are critical to ensuring we can reach every child.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Realizations on the Road to Reforming Immunization Supply Chains

A trip to Mozambique sheds light on the potential impact of new immunization supply chain models and the challenges that must be addressed to achieve supply chain system transformation.

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Quality Improvement by Candlelight

The experience of using the quality improvement team approach for vaccine supply chains in Rwanda and Myanmar has shown that these teams are essential to creating sustainable supply systems, led by local leaders and staff.

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Immunisation: A Powerful Piece of the Equality Puzzle

Girls and boys are globally just as likely to get vaccine protection. However, one in five children in Africa remain unvaccinated, a problem that is due partially to complicated and challenging gender barriers. This International Women's Day, it is important to renew efforts on both immunisation and gender equality.

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Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa

February 24-25, 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, high-level delegates from 43 African countries and regional and global immunization advocates came together for the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. The first-of-its-kind event was hugely successful, and signaled fierce determination among African leaders to secure the health and prosperity of their societies through immunization.

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Working toward Universal Immunization: John Snow, Inc (JSI)

For the past four years, John Snow, Inc (JSI) has worked to develop an innovative, sustainable model—Universal Immunization Through Improving Family Health Services (UI-FHS)—that empowers health workers and communities to solve problems locally to reach every child with vaccines. To date, the achievements of the JSI team and its Ethiopian government counterparts are the result of a collaborative effort—and they reflect the catalytic impact grantees like JSI can have on the health of hard-to-reach communities.

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