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Michel Zaffran

Title Coordinator, Expanded Programme on Immunization
Organization World Health Organization

Michel Zaffran is the Director, Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization, and the chair of the Strategy Committee of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) since 1 February 2016.

Before that he was the Coordinator of the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and the chair the Immunization Systems Management Group (IMG) in charge of coordinating efforts for the introduction of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine and the strengthening of routine immunization as part of the Objective 2 of the Polio eradication and End Game Strategy.

During the period 2008-2013, Michel Zaffran was the Director of project Optimize, a WHO-PATH collaboration aimed at catalysing a shared vision of the future of immunization logistics and supply chain systems.

Michel Zaffran joined the World Health Organization in 1987 as a Technical Officer in the area of the vaccine Cold Chain and Logistics. Since that time he has held several positions including Programme Manager of the WHO Vaccines and Biologicals Department (1998-2004), Coordinator of the WHO Access to Technologies team in charge of vaccine quality, vaccine management, vaccine procurement/supply and immunization financing (2003-2005).

During the period 1999-2003, he was the WHO representative on the international Working Group that designed and launched the GAVI Alliance. During 2006-2007 he held the position of Deputy Executive Secretary of the GAVI Alliance Secretariat, in charge of the Technical and Policy areas.

Michel Zaffran is a French National born in Algeria. He holds a master in Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale (France) as well as a certificate in Tropical Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Before joining WHO, he worked in Morocco, Burkina Faso, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and Ethiopia for the French Ministry of Cooperation and the Paris based NGO, Groupe de Recherche et d'Echanges Technologiques (GRET).

Posts By Michel Zaffran

Polio will be eradicated

Polio thrives in climates of neglect and indifference, but the world's refusal to accept its existence will drive it out wherever it may live.

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On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection

What would it take to introduce a vaccine into 126 countries—including those with the world’s weakest health systems—in two and a half years? Eighteen months ago, we were approached with that following request: Could we coordinate efforts to support over 120 countries to add the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into their routine immunization programmes before the end of 2015?

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