What We Do

The International Vaccine Access Center accelerates equitable and sustainable access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries by generating, synthesizing, and using evidence to inform decision making and action.

Our Approach Blends
  • Rigorous science
  • Productive partnership
  • Clear communication
  • Capacity building and training

Our Practice Areas

Country Support

Based on demand from country leaders and health agencies around the world, we provide independent policy advice, support country vaccine decision-making and governance, and connect partners to accelerate progress toward health and development goals.

Coverage & Equity

To improve equitable immunization within and between countries, we help countries better measure vaccine coverage, interpret results for action, and boost demand for vaccination using novel strategies.

Major studies evaluate the feasibility of using blood samples to identify gaps in immunity and implement mobile-based reminder systems, two approaches that could be adopted by governments to strengthen vaccination programs and protect all children.

Disease Epidemiology

To inform and improve prevention and control strategies, we manage large clinical studies and surveillance networks. We also quantify the amount of disease in countries and globally via mathematical models constructed with an understanding of population-level epidemiology, health system, and policy contexts.

Economics & Finance

To support investment and funding decisions, we quantify the cost of illness from diseases and determine the economic return on investment of vaccine use. We also help countries identify and address financing and affordability challenges.

Impact Evaluation

To inform policy & investments, we evaluate how vaccines reduce the spread of disease and create other value post introduction and over time.

Operations Research

To support the introduction of new vaccines and improvements in coverage, we analyze the programmatic and logistical implications of policy choices, such as variations in shipping, packaging, and other operational decisions that affect cost and health impact. Digital tools aid countries in designing, planning, and improving supply chains.

Policy Engagement

As a leading contributor to global immunization policy, we synthesize & present evidence to build consensus, inform strategy and support policy development. Members of IVAC’s leadership serve on the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) and on several WHO working groups.

Technical Advocacy

To advance evidence-based policy, we support technically driven efforts, led by global and in-country partners, to understand the value of vaccines. We develop compendiums of published evidence, formulate messaging, and develop advocacy materials. We also build and manage coalitions and networks of scientists and other health advocates.

Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH)

The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study is a case-control study led by IVAC that enrolled 4,232 cases and 5,325 controls between 2011-2014 at 9 sites in 7 countries (The Gambia, Mali, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Thailand).

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Pneumonia Research and Vaccine Impact League (PREVAIL)

This study will establish and maintain a surveillance network to measure the impact of routine infant vaccination with PCV on serotypes causing invasive pneumococcal disease among young children under 5 years of age in India.

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Primary Prevention of Cervical Cancer: HPV Vaccines in India and Pakistan

With Gavi support, IVAC and Jhpiego will collaborate to support decision-making in selected countries who have a significant cervical cancer disease burden yet have not yet introduced HPV vaccines into their national immunization programs.

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Primary Vaccine Container Decisions

A systematic analysis of all of the factors impacted by primary container decisions and the tradeoffs to be considered may lead to better decisions that may ultimately improve access to and use of vaccines to prevent death and illness in populations most at risk.

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Return of Investment Analysis

The Return of Investment (ROI) analysis will build on the lessons learned from the previous ROI analyses, with a focus on updating ROI estimates for use by core partners (BMGF, GAVI Secretariat, UNICEF, and WHO).

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