Strong EPI (immunization) teams are critical for successful vaccination programs. Yet, these teams face significant gaps in skills and tools to effectively roll out of new vaccines in remote areas.
Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative (GHLI) joined the Rwanda-based University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), PATH, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to strengthen national leadership and management of immunization programs around the world. The nine-month certificate program officially launched on May 7, in Kigali. The Expanded Program on Immunization Leadership and Management Program (EPI LAMP) is a training course to improve the managerial capacity of governments to support Gavi’s mission to ensure every child is protected with life-saving vaccines.
Strong, high-performing EPI teams are critical for the effective and efficient management of EPI programs, and the achievement of population health outcomes. Achieving EPI program targets requires development of leadership and management capacity within EPI teams, grounded in the latest scientific evidence on organizational performance. Upon completion of the nine-month, team-based EPI LAMP program, EPI teams will emerge prepared to manage the increasingly complex EPI system in their home countries, with attention to efficient operations, robust performance management and improvement, and effective political engagement and advocacy.
EPI LAMP brings together the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), and PATH to engage teams comprised of EPI team senior managers and Ministry officials with responsibility for EPI program performance from Gavi-eligible countries in Anglophone Africa and Asia. The learning model creates an educational experience that is interactive and practical, aligning with participants’ full-time work demands and priorities. They will work to build leadership and management capacity across soon to be selected countries to help participants emerge prepared to manage the increasingly complex EPI system in their home countries, with attention to efficient operations, and effective political engagement and advocacy.
At the heart of the EPI LAMP experience is the “breakthrough project,” a mentored field project to be designed and implemented by each country delegation. Participants will move through a strategic problem-solving process, using data-driven approaches to define and address key barriers to EPI program success.