CPHA's CIII-3 Canadian consultants help global immunization effortsThe Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has been contracted by the Government of Canada to implement the technical assistance component of the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII), which is now in its third phase. Through this Initiative, CPHA identifies and recruits Canadian technical consultants to assist the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to establish and maintain successful national childhood immunization systems in developing countries . Through technical cooperation and skill and service training, CIII-3 aims to strengthen the integrated disease surveillance systems, routine immunization services and safe practices focusing on polio eradication, health information systems, communications and social mobilizations capacities; to increase competent health workforce and to build country capacity in micro-planning, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation.
CPHA is reaching out to the Canadian public health community to identify expertise to fulfill short-term assignments with WHO, PAHO and UNICEF. These assignments are for three months and will be directed towards specific assistance in the areas of:
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- Disease surveillance
- Data management
- Vaccine and cold chain management
- Programme planning and delivery
- Injection safety assessment
- Program evaluation
- Laboratory strengthening
- Human resource development
- Social mobilization
- Communications and media relations
- Regulatory measures
There may also be other areas of Canadian expertise which emerge as the program develops. The priority countries include those in greatest need in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Americas. The specific nature of assignments and required qualifications depends on the requests from our international partners.
CIII-3's technical consultants undertake three-month assignments in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide training in immunization- and surveillance-related issues at district, sub-district and community levels and to help plan and implement national or sub-national immunization campaigns. This type of technical assistance covers a wide range of issues related to polio eradication, measles control and routine immunization. Consultants work closely with national and local health authorities, community health workers, community leaders and other partners.
CIII-3 aims to strengthen primary health care (PHC) systems by building on the unprecedented political will to eradicate polio and control other diseases that has been fostered by global immunization efforts to date. It also leverages the many 'lessons learned' from previous immunization programs that have been supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
At a wider level, CIDA has supported three phases of the international partnership, also referred to as the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII). This partnership currently comprises the Government of Canada, UNICEF, WHO, PAHO, CPHA and the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) in efforts to immunize the world's children against tuberculosis, measles, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. CIII-3 is designed to align with the WHO/UNICEF’s Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) and is a component of CIDA’s corporate commitment to global immunization. CIII-3 will build on the successes of the previous two phases and will focus on key areas that will greatly contribute towards increasing child survival.
Access to health care including immunization is a right for all children. CIII-3 is privileged to join in this commendable global effort.