Project profile — Canadian International Immunization Initiative - Phase III (WHO)


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2010-03-29 - 2013-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (70.00%)
• Asia, regional (30.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (10.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (70.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This grant is part of CIDA's continued support to the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII). CIII aims to increase immunization coverage rates and lower morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. Phase III focuses on increasing equitable access to vaccinations by targeting districts with low coverage rates and by reaching the most vulnerable and underserved groups in these districts. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly implement the multilateral component of CIII. This grant supports WHO activities. WHO provides technical expertise to low-income countries to strengthen routine immunization services. With CIII funding, WHO’s support guides countries in adopting best practices that increase immunization rates at district level. Immunization currently prevents approximately 2.5 million child deaths every year in all age groups. Basic immunizations are a universally recommended, cost-effective, public health priority. Canada's support for immunization initiatives is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the death rate among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

As of January 2012, results have been achieved in 26 countries, primarily in Africa. For example, in Mozambique, the number of children who received the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine rose from 67% to 85% in 28 priority districts.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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