This program is a component within the Canadian International Immunization Initiative, aiming to support national childhood immunization systems in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The objective is to improve the health of people – especially children of less than five years of age – by investing in disease prevention and childhood immunization programs, and by promoting equitable access to essential primary health care services. The Canadian Public Health Association identifies and draws upon medical experts to assist WHO, UNICEF and the Ministries of Health in partner countries to continue the global fight against vaccine-preventable diseases in developing countries.
Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2013) include: 13 Stop Transmission Polio technical advisors were deployed in Botswana, Ethiopia, India, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda. Seven Canadian technical advisors conducted training on routine immunization, vaccine storage and transport, identifying and investigating measles, planning and monitoring for immunization days, and sensitizing communities about immunization. In Ethiopia, Canadian advisors trained 573 men and 395 women, including health officers, nurses, students, vaccinators, health extension workers, pharmacists, laboratory staff and administrators. In Uganda, a Canadian advisor trained 210 men and 229 women, including clinical officers, nurses and nursing assistants, midwives, students, health assistants, laboratory technicians, vaccinators and record keepers. In India, a Canadian advisor trained 385 men and 202 women, including district level health care professionals and volunteers. These have contributed to improving the ability of health care staff to provide routine and supplementary immunization services, deliver and maintain safe immunization services, monitor diseases, and manage information. These results are also contributing to strengthening national childhood immunization systems in partner countries, increasing DTP3 (diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and tetanus) coverage rates and decreasing the number of polio and measles cases.