About IAIM

INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF IMMUNIZATION MANAGERS (IAIM)

 

In June 2013, the Sabin Vaccine Institute announced the launch of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM). With the support of a five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IAIM’s goal 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 CONTEXT

Tremendous gains have been made in immunizations over the last 40 years. Smallpox has been eradicated, poliomyelitis eradication is in sight, and progress is being made in measles control. Global immunization coverage for basic vaccines is at its highest.

However, in the 21st century, immunization programs are facing more challenges than ever. Many immunization programs are still struggling to hit vaccination coverage targets due to growing populations, an increased emphasis on adult immunization, and out-of-date vaccine delivery infrastructure. This poses a great challenge to eradication and elimination goals, as well as the introduction of new vaccines into the pipeline. Additionally, sub-populations within many countries are resisting or refusing vaccines based on personal or cultural beliefs, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of vaccines.

Immunization managers have the most 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. Yet, these important health professionals are too often under-trained, unable to access the resources they need, and lack a support network for seeking new management approaches and successful practices. IAIM is working to change that.

 

“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. 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.”

--Dr. David Salisbury
President, IAIM Governing Council

 

OUR GOAL

 

IAIM is the first-ever international professional association for immunization managers. Its objectives are to establish a forum from which immunization managers can discuss and exchange best practices; build and support international and regional networks of immunization managers; and provide immunization managers with opportunities to develop their managerial and leadership capacity.

 

OUR MEMBERS

 

IAIM is a membership organization, and is open to:

  • Immunization managers (who manage all components of the immunization program within Ministries of Health) at the national and sub-national level
  • Personnel who manage a component of the immunization program at the national level (i.e. head of surveillance)
  • Any other personnel working for immunization programs within Ministries of Health
  • Physicians, nurses, and other staff working in hospitals or health facilities (public and private)
  • Representatives of multilaterals, bilaterals, non-profit organizations, and universities
  • Any other health professional not employed by a for-profit company
  • Read more on our membership types and eligibility criteria here. 

Read more on our membership types and eligibility criteria here.

 

OUR BENEFITS

 

  • The main benefits IAIM  provides for its members include:
  • A Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program, through which immunization managers and immunization professionals seeking to address a challenge in their program can visit an immunization manager in another country to learn from that country’s experience in addressing that same challenge
  • A Training Scholarship Program, through which immunization managers and immunization professionals can obtain management-oriented training in an area of their choice
  • Global conferences and joint regional meetings, where immunization managers and immunization professionals can network with one another, exchange knowledge and successful practices, and receive training
  • An interactive website that includes:
    • Discussion Forums, where immunization managers can network with peers to solve problems and share solutions
    • Membership Directory, where immunization managers can view the profiles of their peers and connect one on one
    • Latest news and information in immunization
    • Member Experts, IAIM members with specialized experience
    • Vaccine and Disease Databases with information on pre-qualified vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases

Read more about IAIM benefits here.

 

OUR GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

 

IAIM is governed by a Governing Council which is composed of individuals from all parts of the world who are either current immunization managers or who have relevant leadership experience in immunizations. Meet our Governing Council members and read their profiles here.

Sabin serves as the Secretariat for the association and executes its day-to-day operations. For more information on IAIM, please contact us at info@iaimanagers.org.

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