Webinar: Application of the life course approach to national immunization programs

Webinar: Application of the life course approach to national immunization programs
webinar announcement

Join us on Tuesday, February 27th, from 10:00 to 12:00 pm (Washington DC time) on the webinar "Application of the life course approach to national immunization programs" organized by the PAHO Special Program on Comprehensive Immunizations (CIM) in conjunction with the Healthy Life Course Unit (HL).

The webinar's objective will be to disseminate the content of the technical document “Achieving better immunity: the life course approach for healthy longevity” and explore the application of the life course approach (LCA) to national immunization programs. The LCA is a framework to help public health professionals optimize health across the life course and identify key moments when health interventions can gain maximum benefits for the well-being of people and communities.

The invited speakers will summarize the key points and considerations from this document and practical examples of how to apply LCA principles to vaccination will be offered, including experiences from Brazil and Colombia and the International Federation on Aging (IFA).

How to participate

Zoom Registration

Target audience

  • Representatives of the Ministry of Health of PAHO Member States
  • PAHO Regional Advisors and Country Focal Points (CIM, HSS, PHE, RFV)
  • Focal points working on primary care, health systems and immunization from other international agencies (WHO, CDC, UNICEF, UNFPA)



 Activity and panelists 

10:00 a.m.

Opening remarks: A Life Course Approach to revitalize national immunization programs

Dr. Daniel Salas, Executive Manager, PAHO Special Comprehensive Immunization Program (CIM)

10:10 a.m.

Technical guidance: What is the Life Course Approach and how does it impact public health programs? 

Dr. Enrique Vega, Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course

10:25 a.m.

Technical guidance: Why is it important to implement a life course approach to immunization?

Dr. Margherita Ghiselli, Regional Immunization Advisor, CIM

10:45 a.m.

Country experience: Coordinating a national immunization program with a life course approach within primary health services in Brazil

Representative Ministry of Health

11:00 a.m.

Country experience: Vaccination against COVID-19 in Colombia: an example of integration of vaccination in the primary care system and development of vaccination platforms for adults

Carmen Elisa Ojeda, Coordinator of the Group for Integrated Management of Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Ministry of Health

11:15 a.m

Driving policy to support a life course approach to immunization

International Federation on Aging

11:30 a.m.

Question and answer session

11:50 a.m.

Closing remarks: Immunization as an example of a Life Course Approach for health systems and programs

Dr. James Fitzgerald, Director, Health Systems and Services


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