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Webinar: Immunizing the Urban Poor

April 12, 2017

This World Immunization Week, tune in for a JSI-hosted webinar to raise the profile of an often neglected issue: Immunizing the Urban Poor. Building on recent urban immunization work with WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and JSI, the panelists will discuss the primary barriers for the urban poor to access and use vaccination services, how these barriers can be overcome (with examples from country-specific contexts), and the need to build better evidence to help advocacy efforts.

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urban dwellers, with 90% of this increase occurring in Africa and Asia in cities with fewer than 1,000,000 people. As urban populations continue to grow, the global community must rethink current approaches to immunization to meet the unique needs of the marginalized and underserved urban poor. These changing demographics will require special efforts and approaches for building evidence, advocating with city administrations and donors, involving all stakeholders and communities in service delivery, and developing targeted interventions to prioritize urban poor populations in planning and resource allocation.


Monday, April 24, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GMT

Expert panelists include:

Bhupendra Tripathi, Country Lead, Routine Immunization & Neglected Tropical Diseases, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India: Dr. Tripath is a public health professional with over 17 years of experience. Over the last three years, his work at the Gates Foundation has focused on increasing the routine immunization coverage in India and working with governments and partners to introduce new, good quality vaccines. He is also engaged in strengthening the AEFI Surveillance System and improving urban immunization across the country. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, he worked with JSI as the National Team Leader for Immunization with the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and UNICEF – India Country Office as the National Consultant for ‘Measles and Intensification of Routine Immunization’. Dr. Tripathi also served in WHO-NPSP for more than seven years in the state of Uttar Pradesh as the Sub Regional Team Leader for the Polio Eradication Initiative. He earned his Medical Degree and Post-Graduation in Public Health from Medical Colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Jan Grevendonk, Technical Officer, World Health Organization: Mr. Grevendonk works at the World Health Organization as a Technical Officer in the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. His responsibilities include the development of guidance and interventions to strengthen the availability, quality, and use of immunization data by national programs, the uptake of information systems and technology by programs, and the analysis and visualization of global immunization data. Before joining the World Health Organization, he worked at PATH in project Optimize, a five-year initiative aimed at developing and demonstrating new approaches and technologies to improve vaccine supply chains.

Richard Duncan, Senior Immunization Specialist, UNICEF: Mr. Duncan is a Senior Immunization Specialist at UNICEF, based in New York at UNICEF Headquarters, where he has worked since 2014 supporting UNICEFs’ global efforts to improve immunization coverage and equity. Prior to joining UNICEF, he worked for over 14 years strengthening immunization programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Mongolia with the World Health Organization. Richard is originally from Australia and has qualifications in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and started his career in international health over 20 years ago as a volunteer in the Republic of Palau.

Godwin Mindra, Immunization Specialist, UNICEF: Mr. Mindra's passion is bringing life-saving interventions to every child and women, especially those who are disadvantaged or marginalized. He works with governments and partners, aware that no single organization or approach suffices, to bring vaccination services to every child everywhere. One of his focus areas is helping bring vaccination services to all children in urban areas, particularly those in urban poor communities. He has worked at UNICEF for nine years in various capacities supporting governments and partners to deliver health and nutrition services. Prior to joining UNICEF, he worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a disease detective and World Health Organization as public health officer. I am an epidemiologist with initial training as a medical doctor. Mr. Mindra has a Masters of Public Health (social research) from the University of South Africa and Masters of Global Health from Rollins School of public health, Emory University. I play soccer and volleyball.

Sam Sternin, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Mr. Sternin is the Head of the Coverage & Equity (C&E) Team within the Gavi Secretariat, which works to promote best practices and innovations and better focus resources on C&E issues in priority countries, within the Secretariat, and across the Alliance. His prior experience includes full time work for Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as consultancies with a range of international and local NGOs, multilaterals, and developing country governments, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia. He has worked across sectors including immunization, HIV, Adolescent Reproductive Health, Maternal Health/Child Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Agriculture, Micro-Finance, and Emergency Preparedness & Response. While at the Gates Foundation, he managed a portfolio of grants addressing challenges linked with urban slums and urban poverty spanning five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He has an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard and an M.P.A. in Development Studies with a certificate in Health Policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and speaks English, French, Vietnamese, Spanish and Amharic.

Gerald Lerebours, Senior Immunization Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.: Mr. Lerebours leads the GAVI Urban project in Haiti for JSI. Gerald is a physician specializing in Public Health and Epidemiology. He has managed three JSI projects and was Director General of the Ministry of Health in Haiti.

Iqbal Hossain, Senior Immunization Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.: Mr. Hossain has over thirty years’ of experience in East and South Africa, and South and Central Asia providing technical assistance in public health programs in the areas of reproductive health and family planning immunization, infection prevention and injection safety, and nutrition. He has extensive experience helping ministries of health (MOHs) to strengthen public health systems, build the capacity of health care workers, and to plan and implement programs for improving access and quality of services. He has worked with World Health Organization (WHO), Save the Children, and Pathfinder.


Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow, Inc.
: Dr. Craig Burgess joined JSI Research and Training Institute Inc. in August 2015 and works in the immunization center and USAID’s Maternal Child Survival Project. His work includes immunization, Universal Health Coverage, health systems strengthening, integration and equity. Over the last 25 years, he has worked on a broad range of public health issues related to equity, integration, primary health care, infectious disease control and health sector coordination. He has worked in civil war torn contexts, chronic crises, emerging economies and high income countries at community, district, national, regional and global levels. This has included work with National Health Services, Médecins sans Frontières, MERLIN, UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance secretariat. He has lived and worked in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, South Sudan, UK, Australia, Switzerland and the USA. He received his medical training at Saint Andrews and Manchester Universities in the UK and has a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from London School of Economics, an MBA from the Open University and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool University. He also has post graduate qualifications in Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology and General Practice.

Please come with your related challenges and experiences – we look forward to a lively discussion on how we can adapt existing immunization approaches to reach the urban poor. Please submit your questions for specific panelists in advance to @JSIHealth with the hashtag #UrbanHealth. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #UrbanHealth.

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