Integration is one of the three pillars of the Endgame Strategy and is highlighted as a strategic priority in the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) and in Gavi 5.0. In 2019, a multi-partner effort was launched to develop a “Programme of Work for Integrated Actions” (POW), under the leadership of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, together with regional counterparts from both the immunization and polio programs across the GPEI partner agencies.
Interim Programme of Work for Integrated Actions in the context of COVID-19 (iPOW)
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the acute challenges it posed to both polio and immunization activities presented an unprecedented opportunity to coordinate and reimagine collaboration. Given the new context, the focus of the work shifted to develop an interim Programme of Work for Integrated Actions in the context of COVID-19 (iPOW).
The draft iPOW summarizes the current level of integration between GPEI and EPI and, more importantly, identifies critical actions across key priority areas of work to drive synergies and materialize efficiency gains by building on initiatives accelerated by COVID-19 to ensure a successful resumption of all immunization activities.
iPOW is open for stakeholder consultation until October 1st, 2020. The draft iPOW can be accessed below.