VoICE Immunization Evidence: Health Program Sustainability and Integration
Introduction of vaccines or strengthening of immunization programs can provide opportunities for increased collaboration between agencies with potential for long-term benefits.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the International Pediatric Association were included as partners in the measles and rubella elimination initiative, allowing for more direct collaboration around the interactions of primary health and immunization services and concerns.
Andrus, J.K., Cochi, S.L., Cooper, L.Z., et al 2016. Combining global elimination of measles and rubella with strengthening of health systems in developing countries. Health Affairs. 35(2):327-33.
Despite delivery of HPV vaccine through a mechanism new to the country (school-based campaigns), the HPV vaccine integrated well into the Rwandan health system and caused no major disruptions. In fact, its introduction resulted in strengthened collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education and provision of additional health services to school-children including health promotion sessions and de-worming.
Torres-Rueda, S., Rulisa, S., Burchett, H.E., et al 2016. HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda: Impacts on the broader health system. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 7:46-51.