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.

Assessing and Revitalizing Immunization through Social Engagement (ARISE)

Assessing and Revitalizing Immunization through Social Engagement (ARISE) Evidence from the previous epidemics have demonstrated that temporary disruptions of routine immunization services could lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, amplifying morbidity and mortality. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to major disruptions in routine immunization services in India with a substantial decrease in routine immunization services […]

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Community Health Worker-Led Intervention for Vaccine Information and Confidence

Community Health Worker-Led Intervention for Vaccine Information and Confidence Challenge Although vaccinations are one of the most efficacious life-saving interventions, vaccine hesitancy is contributing to the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Overcoming vaccine hesitancy and ensuring access to vaccinations has become even more critical considering the COVID-19 pandemic, as this has disrupted normal vaccine-seeking behavior. […]

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Impact of maternal nutrition on the prevalence of childhood stunting in West Bengal

Impact of maternal nutrition on the prevalence of childhood stunting in West Bengal The health and nutrition of a woman is a major contributory factor to her own health and well-being, and the nutrition of her child and family, throughout the lifecycle. The burden of undernutrition is high in the state of West Bengal, where […]

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Improving Routine Immunization Services

Improving Routine Immunization Services The COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented in its scale and impact globally with regard to disruption of routine immunization services. In the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand, we support and strengthen existing government systems for routine immunization for children and pregnant women. Through this project, we aim to identify drop-out, […]

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KHEL- Knowledge, Health, Education and Learnings through community games: A documentary film

KHEL- Knowledge, Health, Education and Learnings through community games: A documentary film Community games are a form of social and behavior change communication. They promote change in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors by encouraging participants to be reflexive. The games are a great platform to empower communities to bring about positive behaviour change by making healthier […]

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