The ACGG was founded on October 12, 1973 in the city of Bogotá. It is an autonomous, scientific, and apolitical non-profit organization, formed by professions that span the spectrum of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
ACGG’s essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of older persons throughout the Americas.
ACGG aims to bridge the gap between policymakers, researchers, health professionals, and practitioners.
To learn more, visit ACGG’s website.
Agence de Médecine Préventive
Founded in 1972, the Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine and public health worldwide.
AMP collaborates with diverse public- and private-sector partners to support countries in developing sustainable and effective immunization policies and strengthening their public health infrastructure.
Our work focuses mainly on the following activities:
– Conducting field-based research in vaccinology and epidemiology
– Providing technical and logistical support to strengthen immunization services
– Supporting the development of sustainable health policies and systems
– Developing human resources for health
For more information, please visit the AMP website: http://amp-vaccinology.org/
Aging Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
The Aging Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana has over 20 years of experience as a researcher in social and clinical problems of the elderly in Colombia and other countries in Latin America. Since 1994, an interdisciplinary team based at the San Ignacio University Hospital of the Universidad Javeriana has conducted research on these important issues. In 2000, the Aging Institute was created to provide research programs on social phenomena. In 2009, the postgraduate program in geriatric medicine was inaugurated. At present, more than 24 geriatricians in training, including nine geriatrics professors, psychiatrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychologists and post-doctoral students, are working under Dr. Carlos Canos Gutierrez to investigate normal and pathological clinical and translational aging. In addition, the Institute is a national consultant in public policy related to aging. The Institute’s mission is research, with a focus on the social problems of the country’s elderly, and the Institute serves as the main centre of reference in Colombia.
To learn more, visit the Aging Institute’s website.
Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected influential voice with policymakers. The Alliance believes that advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce health care costs over the long term and that access to the latest scientific information empowers people to take control of their health. The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives—from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs—that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues.
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias In Zambia
Immunization is an integral aspect in our day to day activities in our organization and as such we take issues of immunization earnestly as we believe immunosenescence, also known as age-related decline in immunity, significantly contributes to the susceptibility of older adults, vaccine-preventable conditions, including influenza, pneumonia and shingles. Patients often believe that by living a healthy lifestyle, they can avoid illnesses and diseases. While exercising, getting recommended screenings and eating right are important for staying healthy; they alone do not prevent older adults from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases.A common factor that increases susceptibility to many illnesses, regardless of health status,is age. Vaccination is an effective tool to address this biological inevitability. Immune function wanes in all adults–adults whether healthy or sick–as they age into their fifth decade and beyond. Their bodies become less adept at recognizing and stopping pathogens and ability to develop and maintain immunity declines. For adults who feel and generally are healthy, it can be difficult to accept and/or recognize that these processes are occurring and the significance of these changes.
This is an important consideration when counselling older adults about the need for vaccination. Vaccines mimic a natural infection and trigger an immune reaction that teaches the body to recognize and fend off future infections of the same type. They build immunity against new infections and they can sometimes boost protection later in life to thwart the effects of waning immunity. Vaccines are an effective way of stimulating and heightening immune responses and boosting waning immunity in older adults. Yet adult vaccines remain significantly under utilized. With a growing portion of the population in Zambia living into their 80s,90s understanding the ageing immune system is becoming increasingly important for today’s healthcare professional, hence our well-intentioned determination to join and participate in the Vaccines4Life network.
It is in light of the above context that Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias In Zambia -ADDIZ makes a clarion call to Vaccines4life to share and exchange as much information and knowledge on immunization and vaccination because many underlying conditions that affect older people require vaccines to cure. As an aged-related organization Vaccines4life aligns very well with our mandate.
Australian College of Nursing
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the pre-eminent and national leader of the nursing profession and a strong collective voice for nurses in all health care settings. Together, we increase the quality of patient care for all Australians. We lead and enhance health care through policy and advocacy, influencing and informing governments at local, state and national levels, and by providing high-quality leadership development opportunities across the nursing profession. Our mission is advancing nurse leadership to enhance health care.
Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology
The Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology represents and develops the Geriatrics and Gerontology in Austria. It represents the interests of multi-morbid and vulnerable older people and relatives.
Its members are perceived as experts on ageing and Geriatrics.
The Austrian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology promotes:
– The extraction and transfer of scientific findings in Geriatrics and Gerontology
– The networking of research-based in this area and people practising, disciplines, professions, groups and institutions
– The geriatric-gerontological competence development in education and continuing education
For more information, please access the Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology website: https://www.geriatrie-online.at
Bahrain Specialist Hospital
Since its inauguration in 2003, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has earned local and international recognition for its quality and high standards of care. Bahrain Specialist Hospital was the first hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain to receive Joint Commission International accreditation in 2011 and has maintained this high level of quality certification since then. Recently, Bahrain Specialist Hospital was given Diamond level accreditation by the National Health Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In addition, Bahrain Specialist Hospital has received certifications as a center of excellence in various fields, such as minimally invasive gynecology from the American Association of Gynecology Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).
British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is the UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs. We offer hope, help and a voice, and our aim is to make sure that one day everyone breathes clean air with health lungs. Our research finds new treatments and cures. We help people who struggle to breathe to take control of their lives. And together, we’re campaigning for better lung health.
For more information, please visit: blf.org.uk
Canadian Nurses Association
The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 135,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation
The Coalition for Life-Course Immunisation (CLCI) was established because a diverse network of expert members and associations from across Europe came together in early 2017 and, guided by the WHO’s European Vaccine Action Plan, concluded that life-course immunisation is one of the most effective public health tools to eradicate vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. CLCI is committed to prevention of these diseases over the life-course through the promotion of the health and economic benefits of wide-scale immunisation.
CLCI will address issues and barriers that prevent the widespread implementation of life-course immunisation, along with promoting awareness among policy makers and politicians, health professionals and the public of the importance of vaccination programmes for European citizens of all ages. CLCI commits to working with the relevant institutions at European Union and Member State level, as well as other external stakeholders and collaborators in order to achieve its aims.
Confederation of Meningitis Organisations
The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations Inc. (CoMO) is an international member organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide.
CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, meningitis survivors and families from more than 25 countries to help prevent meningitis through:
– Raising public awareness of meningitis through education
– Advocating for meningitis vaccines to be available to families worldwide
– Connecting and resourcing a strong global network of members who make sure their communities have access to meningitis information and support.
For more information, please access CoMO’s website: http://www.comomeningitis.org/
Diabetes Frail Ltd
Diabetes Frail Ltd (www.diabetesfrail.org) and its associated Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People) is a not-for-profit medical research organisation dedicated to learning more about frailty and its linkage with diabetes in older people. We are the primary and leading site in Europe for studies in this emerging field. Professor Alan Sinclair is Founder and Director, and has launched the Diabetes Frail project to further explore the emerging importance of frailty as a better-defined concept in ageing populations and its association with diabetes. Diabetes and frailty may be causally related and operate through each of the key components of the frailty phenotype or via the associated medical co-morbidities. Diabetes Frail undertakes European Union-funded research including the recent FP7-funded MIDFRAIL study which is the first large scale RCT to demonstrate that exercise combined with nutritional education and medical optimisation can lead to improvements in function in older frail patients with type 2 diabetes.
DROITS HUMAINS OCEAN INDIEN
DIS-MOI promotes and advocates human rights in the south west Indian Ocean Islands: Mauritius, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Seychelles.. We campaign in favour of a new UN Convention for the Rights of Older Persons and for the signature by the Government of the AU Protocol on the Rights of Older People. We think older people are owners of rights and these rights include that they be vaccinated to protect them against diseases as appropriate.
Dutch Influenza Foundation
The Dutch Influenza Foundation (Nederlandse Influenza Stichting, NIS) aims to contribute to the prevention and reduction of influenza-associated disease. It advocates implementation of evidence-based national recommendations for immunization with the flu shot by engaging stakeholders, risk groups, researchers and through (social) media communication.
In the late nineties, the NIS abrogated itself after contributing to the successful increase of the Dutch flu vaccination coverage rate. Perhaps a bit too soon – considering that vaccination coverage rates started dropping in the late zeros. In May 2018, the Dutch senior citizen association (KBO-PCOB) rang the alarm bells. They noticed an increasing flu disease burden among their members. KBO-PCOB requested the government and society to come up with an “action plan on winter mortality”. And that’s why and when it was decided to re-establish the NIS.
1. (Co-)organize a stakeholder consultation of parties involved in flu vaccination
2. (Co-)organize a national flu shot day, to mark the launch of a national vaccination campaign with a national flu shot day.
3. Launching a Dutch version of the Influenza Hub.
4. Stimulate vaccination among Health Care Workers.
EASYCare Health strongly supports the campaign to increase vaccination uptake in old age to help promote healthy ageing. EASYCare Health is a Social Enterprise Company whose mission is to improve the lives of older people throughout the world by using standardised methods to identify the concerns of older people about their health, independence and well-being, and mobilize support based on the priorities of the older person and their families.
With 25 years of development, experience of use in 44 poor, middle income and rich countries, and with more than 80- peer-reviewed publications about the validity and effectiveness of the approach, we know that low rates of vaccine uptake is one of the key threats to health, independence and well-being in old age. That is why we include routine enquiry about vaccination uptake in our assessment methods and encourage older people to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines.
EasyCare will be working with the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination to develop our assessment methods, guidance and training systems so that we can highlight this issue with people involved in front-line care for older people and provide data about the extent to which older people regard this as a concern for their health and care.
For more information about EASYCare Health please contact www.easycarehealth.org.uk.”
European Federation of Internal Medicine
The European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) was founded in 1996 from the Association Européenne de Médicine Interne (AEMI)*. AEMI itself had been founded in 1969 by members of the UEMS monospecialty section on internal medicine to provide a scientific organisation for European internal medicine.
EFIM was formed by bringing together the national societies of internal medicine from each of the European countries, both inside and outside the European Union. EFIM currently comprises 33 member Societies representing over 30,000 internists.
The purpose of EFIM is to re-emphasise the importance of Internal Medicine in a world of increasing specialisation. There are close links with the European Union through the Monospecialty Committee of UEMS (Union of European Medical Specialists) and with ISIM (International Society of Internal Medicine).
For more information, please access the EFIM website here: http://www.efim.org/
European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing
The European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing (EICA) is the first scientific organization in Europe specifically fostering the translation and dissemination of results from ageing research to various professional groups, policy makers, advanced education programs and the general public.
The core motivation of EICA is to put an interdisciplinary focus on daily life related questions concerning ageing, health and care and to foster adequate research, research analyses, education strategies and knowledge translation programs in Europe.
European Men's Health Forum
European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) is the only European organisation dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects. Its vision is a future in which all men in Europe have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.
Its mission is to improve men’s health across all countries in Europe by promoting collaboration between interested organisations and individuals on the development and application of health-related policies, research, education and prevention programmes.
EMHF is committed to gender equality, fully supports activities to improve women’s health, and opposes the re-allocation of funding from women’s to men’s health.
For more information, please access the EMHF’s website: http://emhf.org/
Federation of Korean Gerontological Societies
The Federation of Korean Gerontological Societies (FKGS) is a non-profit NGO which works to improve the quality of life of the aged by engaging energetically in organizing professional forums and worldwide academic congresses, researching and developing policies, and bringing the senior welfare system to realization.
To learn more, visit the FKGS website.
Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries
Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries (FIDEC) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization created in 2001, aimed at providing resources to health care programs to fight infectious diseases. Dr. Daniel Stamboulian is founder and president at FIDEC and Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami.
FIDEC´s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of vaccine preventable diseases in the Hispanic Community of South Florida and Latin America, and its strategy is to educate key agents of change to create habits that will help reduce the impact of preventable diseases. Through its Adolescent and Adult Immunization Working Group, FIDEC works with the medical community focusing on the benefit of vaccines in the prevention of vaccine preventable diseases.
For more information, please access FIDEC’s website: www.fidec-online.org
Friends of IFA Japan
Friends of IFA Japan (FOIFA) is an independent non-profit organization working together with the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and other related NGOs and NPOs to meet the challenges of the ageing population in the world. FOIFA is based in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture and Akita Prefecture is in the north eastern part of the Japan main Island. About 500km north from Tokyo.
Our aim is to ensure that senior citizens must live healthily and actively; have dignity, the responsibility to act and the right to participate in the society which naturally is an acknowledgment of the basic human rights of freedom.
Friends of IFA (FOIFA) is working to highlight the importance of adult immunization among the Japanese ageing community.
For more information, please access FOIFA’s website: http://www.foifa.or.jp/index.html
Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos/Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies
Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos/Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies (FUNCEI) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, focused on research and on medical and community education. Based in Argentina since 1987 and headed by Daniel Stamboulian MD, FUNCEI works with a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement an integral model to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, and has been recognized with the 2015 Carlos Slim Health Award as an Outstanding Institution.
Through its Adult Vaccination Working Group FUNCEI has developed educational programs and awareness campaigns aimed at health care professionals and the community that includes: local and international symposia and congresses; distance-learning education; weekly grounds on ID, courses and workshops and training in applied ID for residents and medical students; brochures and newsletters; print and digital guides; articles on institutional media, press releases and social media. Also, FUNCEI has agreements with the Argentinean Society of Gerontology and Geriatric (SAGG) and works with ILC-Argentina, among others.
For more information, please access FUNCEI’s website: www.funcei.org.ar
Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis
Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis’ mission is to promote educate and provide awareness to society, to reduce rates of death and disability and to support individuals and families affected with meningitis and sepsis.
In addition, Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis dedicate part of their resources to epidemiological and clinical research, in order to prevent and improve the treatment of these diseases.
For more information, please access Fundacion Irene Megias Contra La Meningitis’ website: http://www.contralameningitis.org/
Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.
Generations United believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations is an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with The Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Paediatrics. This Campaign bridges the importance of immunizations within segmented groups into an intergenerational conversation within families and among generations. It is an international effort that promotes vaccinations through a lifespan approach by providing tools and resources to encourage intergenerational conversations.
For more information, please access Generations United’s website: http://www.gu.org/
Geriatric Medicine Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
The Geriatric Medicine Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina) is a 700-bed hospital. The hospital has a social security system that brings together approximately 170,000 members, 60,000 of them older adults. As part of their care duties, staff at the hospital encourage patients to get vaccinated as well as to use other preventative measures such as working out and eating healthy food. The hospital also has a magazine that reaches patients online, as well as an internal television channel where period recommendations are made of preventive practices for our members. Every year they have a Flu / Pneumococcal vaccine campaign, which, in 2019 were able to reach double the amount of people compared to 2018.
Gerontological Society of America’s National Adult Vaccination Program
The Gerontological Society of America’s National Adult Vaccination Program seeks to improve immunization rates in older adults. The four objectives of the program include 1) diffusing evidence-based information via newsletter and website, 2) nurturing partnerships that complement NAVP’s work, for example by serving on the Steering Committees for AVAC and NAIIS, 3) supporting those making change to improve adult immunization rates through the Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program, and 4) driving sustainable solutions to gaps in knowledge and practice, for example by convening stakeholders to create a prioritized list of actions to improve vaccination rates in long-term care.
GreyPRIDE is a French associative collective involved in combating ageism, improving respect for the sexuality and identity of the elderly, and advocating for the rights of older people in the LGBT+ community in France. GreyPRIDE’s work focuses above all on the fight against invisibility, finding links of solidarity and working to create an environment in which all are welcomed as individuals with inherent desires, sexual orientation and gender identity. The organization also invites collaboration with partner organizations to denounce situations of homophobia in France.
Hacettepe University pledges itself to train highly qualified individuals for the future of the country in the light of universal values and availing of its wide experience in science, technology and art, and to offer its output in the fields of research, education and service for the benefit of the society.
Dr. Serhat Unal and Dr. Mine Durusu-Tanriover are members of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination and working to demonstrate the importance of adult vaccination and as doctors, every encounter with the patient should be regarded as a chance for a catch-up.
For more information, please access Haccettepe University’s website: http://hacettepe.edu.tr/
HappyAgeing is the Italian Alliance for Active Ageing, founded in 2014 to promote in Italy policies and initiatives to protect the health of older adults and develop the indications of the European Commission on active ageing face.
The foundational core of HappyAgeing part the Italian Society of Hygiene , the Italian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology , the Italian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , unions FNP CISL , SPI CGIL and UIL Retired , the Elderly and Retired ACLI Federation and Federsanità ANCI .
The operating mode of the Covenant are realized through the confluence of all the organizations that are concerned with the welfare of the elderly and the development and replication at national level of experience successfully implemented in the local context and validated scientifically by HappyAgeing partners.
For more information, please access Happy Ageing’s website: http://www.happyageing.it/happyag/
Health Policy Partnership
The Health Policy Partnership (HPP) is a specialist health policy research organisation. We work with a wide range of organisations to effect change in health policy, based on a foundation of meticulous research. Our work helps expose gaps in prevention, treatment and care, and identify new opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of our societies.
We develop high-quality, evidence-based reports and decision-making tools to effect meaningful change in policy and practice. We navigate nuanced topics and elicit meaningful conclusions that relate to the goals of each specific project, whether this is focused on vaccination, or any other health area that we work on.
For more information, please visit https://www.healthpolicypartnership.com/
The Immunisation Coalition is the leading voice in whole-of-life immunisation in Australia, protecting all Australians against communicable diseases. Membership is open to all who support the aims of the Coalition. We collaborate with like-minded organisations including Government, non-government organisations and other groups that fight vaccine hesitancy.
We are a champion for immunisation education, providing timely, accurate, and scientifically informed information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. We create awareness through providing educational resources for use by others free of intellectual property restrictions.
Our key information target groups are the health profession, the public and the media. We also hold scientific meetings and educational forums on adult vaccinations on both a national basis (twice a year) and regularly at a local and regional level.
To learn more, visit the Immunisation Coalition’s website.
Immunize Canada is a coalition of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The goal of Immunize Canada is to contribute to the control/elimination/eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases in Canada by increasing awareness of the benefits and risks of immunization for all ages via education, promotion, advocacy and media relations.
Influenza Hub uses modern communication channels to raise awareness of what the flu is, how to prevent it, what the possible complications are and who is most at risk. Recognising a fundamental misunderstanding about influenza and the difference between a cold and the flu, and a lack of knowledge about potential complications for high-risk groups, we set out to help people learn about flu prevention. Today we proactively reach out on social media and our blog to provide targeted information to high-risk groups. People at risk of flu can use our platform themselves to discuss infection, health and the role of flu prevention. Our advisory board members include IFPMA, Mylan, WMA, Sanofi Pasteur and Seqirus. IFA and VaccinesToday also support the initiative.
International Council of Nurses
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide.
Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
ICN’s ever-increasing networks and connections to people reinforce the importance of strong linkages with national, regional and international nursing and non-nursing organisations. Building positive relationships internationally helps position ICN, nurses and nursing for now and the future. Our work with the specialised agencies of the United Nations system, particularly with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank, are important for nurses everywhere. In addition, we work closely with a range of international non-governmental organisations.
For more information, please access ICN’s wesbite: http://www.icn.ch/
International Longevity Centre – UK
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.
Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.
ILC-UK has recently launched the European Adult Immunisation Hub: http://www.adultimmunisation.eu/
International Pharmaceutical Federation
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the world organisation promoting global health through the advancement of pharmacy, the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy education and workforce development. FIP gathers over 150 national associations of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmaceutical educators and represents over four million pharmacists. Through our advocacy work and partnerships – namely with the World Health Organization, with whom we have been in official working relations since 1948 – FIP strives towards an ever greater contribution of pharmacists to universal health coverage and more sustainable, efficient and resilient health systems.
The Vision of FIP is for a world where everyone benefits from access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and health technologies, as well as from pharmaceutical care services provided by pharmacists, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. As such, a priority area for FIP is supporting healthy ageing and the maintenance of good health and quality of life across the life course through the effective management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), support of adherence to treatments and promotion of vaccination and immunisation across all ages. Some of our key publications on these topics can be found at www.fip.org/publications.
Janaseva Foundation began modestly by organizing health camps in rural parts of Maharashtra but soon set up a rural hospital and an oldage home. Over the years, the Foundation rapidly expanded its activities and has to its credit today a wide range of charitable projects.
Dr. Vinod Shah, M.D., renowned gastroenterologist, associated with many prominent hospitals in the city is the founder-chairman of the Janaseva Foundation. A highly accomplished physician and teacher of medicine, he has also been invited by the Governor of Maharashtra to be his Honorary Physician. The professional success however did not blind Dr. Shah to the misery and agony of India’s poor, sick and the powerless. The overpowering inner urge to be of service to people who needed it most got the better of him and he founded the Janaseva Foundation on 15th January 1988.The foundation started functioning from January 1990.
For more information, please access the Janaseva Foundation website: http://janasevafoundation.org/node/37
Meningitis Research Foundation
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading charity that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Our vision is of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. A world where effective vaccinations can protect everyone. A world where people who do get the diseases get the most effective diagnosis and treatments possible. A world where people affected and their families have the best support and information.
Meningitis Research Foundation plays a key role in making this happen around the world by funding vital research, advocating for change as a dedicated champion for those it affects, and taking action that benefits people, including running awareness campaigns, training health professionals and providing support and information.
NGO Committee on Ageing
The NGO Committee on Ageing is promoting the three priorities of the Madrid International Action Plan on Ageing – participation of older people in all relevant politics and awareness raising; advancing health and wellbeing into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments.
The Committee’s main focus is laid on the “universal design”/”design for all”/”inclusive design” concept to increase implementation of accessibility within all premises, buildings and living homes, but also in accessible public transport, products and services to meet the needs and requirements of the ageing society and families in connection with the diversities during the whole life cycle from young to old age.
For more information, please access the CoNGO website: http://www.ngocongo.org/committees/vienna-committees/vienna-committee-on-ageing
SemFYC is the federation of the 17 Societies of Family Medicine and Community that exist in Spain and brings together more than 19,500 family doctors.
SemFYC is a medical scientific society, whose main purpose is to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and equity of the National Health System through the development of Family and Community Medicine, promoting excellence by offering services that meet the needs and expectations of family physicians and through innovation and quality improvement, based on the integration of the action as a federation of societies.
For more information, please access SenFYC’s website: http://www.semfyc.es/es/
Società Italiana di Igiene
The Società Italiana di Igiene, Medicina Preventiva e Sanità Pubblica (SItI) believes that prevention of infectious diseases is one of the main objectives for Public Health professionals. Vaccinations are an exceptional discovery that changed the face of the history of medicine. Thanks to the use of vaccines in medical practice it has been eradicated smallpox, they have almost disappeared tetanus, polio, diphtheria and have been significantly reduced viral diseases such as hepatitis B, measles, rubella, mumps and diseases as bacterial meningitis.
Paradoxically vaccinations are “victims of their success”: not the diseases that have been eradicated or significantly reduced by being more visible decreased the perception of the importance of vaccinations, and are amplified by the web alarming and disturbing messages on the use of vaccines and it is spread news without scientific basis.
SITI is working to ensure correct and factual vaccination information and evidence is provided and in turn improve the uptake rates of adult vaccination.
For more information, please access, SITI’s website: http://www.societaitalianaigiene.org/site/new/
UNIDAD DE PREVENCION INTERNATIONAL
The UNIDAD DE PREVENCION INTERNATIONAL, UPV was originally conceived as a traveler’s clinic in 1994, but later dedicated mostly towards the concept of adult vaccination. From the beginning it was obvious the lack of knowledge about adult vaccination and interest on this matter. Personal in training and more striking, admittedly well-trained colleagues who served on different specialties and subspecialties at a tertiary care hospital where I practice were barely aware on existing vaccines for adult and the elderly population. At UPV we perceive vaccination as another act in medicine, another procedure, and certainly we believe it should be a state of mind and fully aligned with the mission of any health institution, whereas dedicated to diagnostics, therapeutics or preventative services, whether it is a small health unit serving a small community, a medical office or a major hospital dedicated to various fields in medicine.
Vaccine Ambassadors, a 501(c)(3) US-based nonprofit corporation, created by healthcare providers and advocates of children’s health who believe that opportunity begins with good health and that access to vaccines is a basic human right.
Through strategic partnerships with established global health organizations including the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, Vaccine Ambassadors funds the purchase and delivery of high-quality vaccines and related supplies and services for children and families in the Pan American Region (Latin America and the Caribbean).
Working with partners to achieve equitable access and uptake of life- saving vaccines for everyone—one vaccine at a time, one community at time.
Program goals are directed at increasing vaccine access (funding vaccines) and increasing uptake (advocacy and education)
Vaccine Confidence Project™
The Vaccine Confidence Project™ was founded in 2009 to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes by building an information surveillance system for early detection of public concerns around vaccines; by applying a diagnostic tool to data collected to determine the risk level of public concerns in terms of their potential to disrupt vaccine programmes; and, finally, to provide analysis and guidance for early response and engagement with the public to ensure sustained confidence in vaccines and immunisation. This initiative also defines a Vaccine Confidence Index™ (VCI) as a tool for mapping confidence globally. Despite the historic success of immunisation in reducing the burden of childhood illness and death, episodes of public concerns and rumours around vaccines have occurred around the world, spreading quickly and sometimes seriously eroding public confidence in immunisation and ultimately leading to vaccine refusals and disease outbreaks. This project seeks to monitor public confidence in immunisation programs by listening for early signals of public distrust and questioning and providing risk analysis and guidance to engage the public early to pre-empt potential programme disruptions.
Vaccines Today is an on-line platform for discussing vaccines and vaccination.
Vaccines continue to make headlines around the world and are of great interest to citizens and health professionals alike.
The platform strives to provide an interactive forum for informed debate on issues around vaccination, as well as to serve as a source of reliable information, bringing the community of stakeholders together to share their views.
To facilitate an informed discussion that takes all views on vaccination into account, the content of Vaccines Today is produced through interviews with experts from academia, patient groups, and industry experts, along with reports based on scientific literature and conferences.
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Voces Ciudadanas is an initiative that was born in Peru and builds and leads Latin America and the Caribbean alliances between civil society and the States incorporating into their agendas “Immunizations as a Rights Issue and a Public Good”. Voces Ciudadanas promotes vaccination in all stages of life, including vaccination of older adults and vulnerable groups against various diseases.
Voces Ciudadanas encourages organized groups of children, adolescents, older adults and vulnerable groups to recognize themselves as legal subjects, to promote and demand the extension of immunizations in their jurisdictions as a matter of rights that must be guaranteed by the States.
We are founders, leaders and promoters of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Children’s and Adolescents’ Organizations for the Right to Health, a network in which children and adolescents from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay, Chile participate.