Project profile — Support to Regional Routine Immunization Program


PAHO - Pan American Health Organization (47083)
2010-03-25 - 2013-01-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• America, regional (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Infectious disease control (12250) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The goal of this project is to reduce illness and deaths among children due to vaccine-preventable diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean by focussing on municipalities with vaccine coverage under 95%. The project aims to increase vaccination coverage with quality supplies and surveillance by strengthening the Regional Expanded Program on Immunization in ways that protect the achievements to date and meet new challenges in immunization programming. This project supports basic routine immunization programming through the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII), which CIDA has funded since 1998. The CIII has supported three phases of the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) Immunization in the Americas program, which aims to help countries in the Americas strengthen their routine national immunization programs. The PAHO program focuses on: improving the quality of vaccines and syringes used in national immunization programs; supporting innovative approaches to improving immunization uptake among hard-to-reach groups; strengthening laboratory capacity for the diagnosis of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases; and developing surveillance systems for the detection and management of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2013) include: (i) developing plans of action to improve vaccination coverage in 33 countries by reaching poorly performing municipalities; and (ii) helping to strengthen National Regulatory Authorities through vaccine licensing, vaccine lot release, vaccine laboratory testing, Good Manufacturing Practices inspection, clinical evaluations, and post-marketing surveillance. Twenty-one countries have achieved more than 95% vaccination coverage at the national level, 2,000 health professionals have been trained, and a total of 1,077,643 children under one year of age have benefitted from the project by receiving routine immunization. These results have contributed to the extraordinary progress that Latin American countries have made in providing their populations with protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. These countries have achieved sustained high national immunization coverage rates, eradicated polio, interrupted endemic measles and rubella virus transmission, and been on the forefront of introducing new sustainable vaccines.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
30-05-2016 Disbursement -$5,702
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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