Global immunization systems strengthening through pediatric societies: the promise of private-public partnerships in Indonesia

Tan, T. Q.; Gunardi, H.; Smith, S.; Goentoro, P. L.; Foehringer Merchant, H.; Carter, T.; Patterson, J.; Pulungan, A.

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019 Dec 19; 16(5):1194-1201

Abstract

Vaccines are one of the most successful health interventions in history. Yet, vaccine-preventable diseases still claim the lives of 2.5 million individuals globally every year. Approximately 60% of the 19.4 million infants that did not have access to routine immunization services in 2018 live in 10 countries, one of which is Indonesia. In order to reach global targets, it is critical for countries such as Indonesia to prioritize, tailor, and operationalize vaccination strategies to address immunization gaps. Pediatricians and national pediatric societies (NPS) are trusted stakeholders in their countries and are uniquely qualified to promote vaccination programs. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) partnered with the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IPS), with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to initiate a multiyear project to build the capacity of IPS, individual members, and other child health clinicians to strategically advocate for improved immunization services across both public and private sectors.

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