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Carrasco P.,Secretariat Sabin Vaccine Institute | Franco-Paredes C.,Secretariat Sabin Vaccine Institute | Andrus J.,Secretariat Sabin Vaccine Institute | Waller K.,Secretariat Sabin Vaccine Institute | And 3 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2015

For more than 35 years, most national immunization programs have established managerial structuresand processes for delivering vaccination services to their populations. These days, immunization man-agers are facing an increasing number of challenges due to the introduction of new vaccines, shiftingdemographic patterns, complex networks of service providers, and maintaining the gains achieved withprevious vaccination efforts. To confront these challenges, better program performance will require bettermanagerial practices, which incorporates new technologies. To that end, the International Association ofImmunization Managers (IAIM) is the first global professional association launched to promote superiorleadership and management skills among health professionals involved with vaccination efforts world-wide. From 3 to 4 March 2015, approximately 132 members from 70 countries representing six regions,gathered in Istanbul, Turkey for the inaugural conference of IAIM. In the two-day program, membersselected thirteen peers to constitute the Governing Council. The 12 articles of the bylaws of the Asso-ciation were also ratified. This conference was a forum for sharing managerial best practices throughnetworking sessions, breakout sessions, and presentations. Members also learned about IAIM sponsoredtraining opportunities to deepen their managerial competencies through peer-to-peer exchanges andscholarship training programs. We believe that the IAIM inaugural conference was an appropriate plat-form for equipping managers with tools and professional network of peers to support them in achievingnational, regional and global immunization goals, including those of the Global Vaccine Action Plan ofthe World Health Organization. © 2015.

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