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2024

World Immunization Week 2024

World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed to promote the use of vaccines to protect people against diseases.

Let’s capitilize this impactful week & carry forward the momentum, continuing to prioritize immunization efforts and safeguard the health of our communities. Let’s continue working together with Federal Directorate of Immunization towards a healthier, happier future!

Video Messages on World Immunization Week 2024

  • Message from Dr. Malik Mukhtar Ahmad Bharath, Honourable Coordinator to Prime Minister on National Health Services, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination
  • Message From Mr. Nadeem Mahbub, Worthly Federal Health Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination

Message from Dignitaries

World Immunization Week 2024 Commemoration Event:

As per the directives of Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Kazi, Director General Health/FDI, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Islamabad, The Federal Directorate of Immunization in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan, World Health Organization- Pakistan, Gates Foundation, Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative, DHO Office Islamabad, and other partner organizations organized a National-level World Immunization Week Commemoration Event.

The key note speakers included Dr. Zafar Iqbal Channa, Director Technical, FDI, Dr. Zaeem Zia, DHO Islamabad, Mr. Inoussa Kabore, Deputy Representative UNICEF Pakistan, Dr. Raul Bonifacio, EPI Team Lead World Health Organization- Pakistan and Dr. Nabeela Ali, CoP, JSI/USAID.

All speakers paid tribute to the front line health care workers and the parents/care providers and stated that the successful conclusion of World Immunization Week 2024 in Pakistan marks a significant milestone in our nation’s commitment to public health. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Federal Directorate of Immunization, UNICEF Pakistan, World Health Organization- Pakistan and all stakeholders involved, we’ve made strides in promoting immunization awareness and access throughout the country. From engaging activities to informative campaigns, this week showcased our collective dedication to ensuring every individual has access to life-saving vaccines.

Video on EPI Journey:

The Federal Directorate of Immunization with immense pleasure shares the The Expanded Programme on Immunization – Pakistan 50 years journey video highlighting remarkable legacy of dedication, progress, and impact.

The video depicts, how the EPI programme has been instrumental in transforming the landscape of public health in Pakistan, significantly reducing the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and improving the well-being of millions. The video reflects on the program’s evolution, highlighting key milestones, achievements, and challenges overcome along the way. It also showcases the tireless efforts of healthcare workers, policymakers, and communities in expanding access to life-saving vaccines, promoting awareness, and ensuring equity in immunization services.

FDI Anthem:

(EPI Programme Song, A tribute to the Front Line Health Care Workers and Parents/Care Providers)

Let’s continue working together with Federal Directorate of Immunization towards a healthier, happier future!

Message from the Director General Health / FDI on World Immunization Week 2024

BIOSKETCH – Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Kazi, Director General (Health/FDI), Minsitry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination, Government of Pakistan

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MoNHSR&C, Gavi, and UNICEF collaborate to strengthen Pakistan’s immunization system

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Islamabad, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF Pakistan came together to sign two new Tripartite Agreements.

Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Kazi, Director General Health Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Islamabad / The Expanded Programme on Immunization – Pakistan welcomed worthy Secretary Health, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Mr. Thabani Maphosa Gavi Representative, and Mr. Abdullah A. Fadil UNICEF Representative on this breakthrough signing ceremony convened by the Federal Directorate of Immunization (FDI).

Dr. MA Kazi while sharing his thoughts on this significant milestone achieved by the Federal Directorate of Immunization said that” signing of the Tripartite Agreements between Pakistan, Gavi, and UNICEF signifies our collective efforts for Health System Strengthening and Equity-Based Coverage for the 12 vaccine-preventable diseases with a prime focus on polio eradication from Pakistan. According to Dr. MA Kazi EPI/PEI Synergy is the key for a Polio Free Pakistan. He also stressed the importance of COVID-19 Delivery Support interventions that is part of these agreements.

Dr. Kazi shared his vision in form of the planned interventions that will enhance the immunization uptake inclusive of a human-centered design approach, solarization of health facilities, capacity building of social and behavioural change staff, the inclusion of routine immunization content in the school curriculum, increasing the vaccinators workforce, generating more immunization fleets/vehicle resources, enhancing the waste management capacity, Rehabilitation of cold rooms and cold vehicles, ensuring independent monitoring systems and following the Integrated Service Delivery model that shall propel Pakistan towards achieving universal immunization coverage.

Dr. MA Kazi while crediting the whole team of the Federal Directorate of Immunization on this first of its kind ever accomplishment highlighted that “FDI has been lobbying with donor and partner organizations showcasing the great developments and achievements in the Immunization Programme of Pakistan by FDI that has resulted in today’s successful signing of Tripartite Agreements. It is a testament to FDI’s commitment to leave no one behind in our pursuit of equitable healthcare for all”.

Dr. MA Kazi concluded by mentioning that “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the worthy Secretary of Health for putting his faith in the FDI Programme and Gavi, UNICEF and other development partner organizations for their unwavering support and collaboration. Together, let us embark on this journey towards a healthier, more resilient future for the people of Pakistan”.

Speaking at the Signing Ceremony of the Tripartite Agreement the worthy Secretary of Health, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Shallwani acknowledged the continuous, generous financial and technical support provided by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for Immunization System Strengthening in Pakistan and the ongoing financial and technical support from UNICEF and other partners for health and immunization programs. The Worthy Secretary stated “This critical support from Gavi via UNICEF will play a crucial role in our efforts to aim for Universal Immunization Coverage, and to ensure that children, adolescents, and women, especially the most vulnerable, have access to quality and sustainable immunization services”. He further added that “I acknowledge the remarkable effort made by the Federal Directorate of Immunization, Provincial EPI teams, core and expanded partners in maintaining coverage for EPI and conducting critical intensive activities to vaccinate zero dose children and communities in hard to reach, remote rural and urban and peri-urban slums of mega cities in the country”.

Mr. Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director, Country Programmes, Gavi while sharing his thoughts commended the commitment of the Ministry of National Health Services while stating that immunization developments are always positive in the Pakistan Immunization Programme and the successful implementation of the new support is expected to yield more positive results, including reaching more children who haven’t received any regular or routine vaccinations as well as easier access to vaccinations for more people, especially in high-risk areas. I will take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of spreading the word for immunization and working towards a healthier Pakistan.

Mr. Abdullah A. Fadil UNICEF Representative in Pakistan stated that “the Government of Pakistan’s continuous efforts and support from its partners in maintaining the immunization coverage, conducting intensive activities to vaccinate those left behind and to reach communities in hard-to-reach areas, underscores the commitment to immunize all children in the country, especially those not being reached currently”. The new support will include activities across all of Pakistan’s provinces and areas, including procurement of vaccines, immunization supply chain management, demand creation, programme interventions for governance, policy planning, programme management, integrated immunization service delivery, public-private partnerships, independent programme monitoring, and capacity building for vaccination staff, to mention a few.

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