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The AAP supports and attends various events focused on global vaccine issues throughout the year. You will find photos from these events on this page.
Shot@Life Event- July 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics joined Shot@Life in Salt Lake City on July 11th for an event about measles eradication. Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. After the event, some FAAP members went and spoke with US senators about global immunizations.
Photo Credits: Douglas Barnes/UN Foundation
William Cosgrove, MD, FAAP, AAP Immunization Champion and Claudia Fruin, MD, FAAP, President of Utah AAP Chapter with Ms. Devi Thompson, Director of the UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign at the event.
William Cosgrove, MD, FAAP, (far left) and Beth Doby, MD, FAAP, (third from the right) both AAP Immunization Champions in front of the Federal Building in Utah where they met with Shot@Life Champions and staff to speak with Senators Hatch's and Lee's offices.
AAP and IPA in Uruguay - June 2012
The AAP and the International Pediatric Association (IPA) have been working closely with partners such as PATH and GAVI to advocate for removing thimerosal from the new UN Environmental Program (UNEP) treaty to ban mercury products worldwide. At a recent important negotiation meeting in Uruguay in late June 2012, the AAP and the IPA were well-represented and issued two strong statements in support of excluding thimerosal, which is an important preservative in global vaccines.
From Left to Right: Leila Nimatallah (GAVI), Dr. Mayowa Joel (Communication for Development Centre), Erin Fry (PATH), Prof. Nike Grange (International Pediatrics Association), Barbara Freischem (International Federation for Animal Health), Dr. Gabriel Peluffo (Uruguayan Society of Pediatrics).
Child Survival Call to Action
The AAP was invited to attend the Child Survival Call to Action hosted by the US, Ethiopian, and India Governments. This event was a high level event with the goal to emphasize the smart investments needed to end preventable child death. Learn more here. And, see our News page for a link to all the presentations and discussions of the event.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives an opening presentation.
An intriguing and powerful presentation by Hans Rosling was given on the first day. You can watch this presentation in full here
Professor Nike Grange (IPA), Louis Cooper, MD, FAAP (IPA, AAP Past President), and Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP (AAP President-Elect) attended the Child Survival Call to Action two-day event.
AAP Global Immunization Advocacy Training and Hill Day
In early June 2012, the AAP Global Immunization Program hosted a training for about 20 FAAPs to learn about advocating for global immunizations and meet with congressional staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The successful training allowed for about 60 meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The Academy also hosted a Congressional Briefing the same week titled, Immunizations: A Crucial Tool for Child Survival.
Gilbert Given, MD, FAAP and Leslie Cordes, MD, FAAP with AAP staff member Ms. Terrell Carter outside of Senator Durbin’s office after meeting with his legislative aides.
Mr. Christopher Barry, PA-C, MMSc, FAAP outside of Senator Kay Hagan's office after speaking with her staff about the importance of global immunizations.
Gilbert Given, MD, FAAP and Leslie Cordes, MD, FAAP with the AAP Flat Charlie standing outside of the capitol building. Flat Charlie travels all around the world and makes appearances wherever advocacy for children is happening.
Past AAP President, Louis Cooper, MD, FAAP (on top) and current AAP Board Member, Francis Rushton, MD, FAAP (bottom photo) give their personal stories on being advocates for global immunizations to a group at the training.
The Congressional Briefing was standing room only. It was moderateed by AAP President-Elect Thomas McInerny, MD, FAAP. Speakers were Bonnie Maldonado, MD, FAAP, and Ms. Andrea Gay (UN Foundation). Prof. Nike Grange (IPA) and Alana Levine, MD, FAAP
ONE Advocacy Training
In December 2011 and April 2012, the AAP supported FAAP Immunization Champions to attend advocacy training with ONE, which is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease. Our members added a valuable presence to the ONE trainings and visits with Congressional staff on Capitol Hill.
In April 2012, Alice Sato, MD, FAAP (second from the right) with ONE volunteers met with Senator Portman (third from the right) from Ohio.
In December 2011, (from left to right) Shawn Batlivala, MD, FAAP, Bonnie Maldonado, MD, FAAP, Meg Fisher, MD, FAAP, Linda Arnold, MD, FAAP, Kathy Edwards, MD, FAAP, and Louis Cooper, MD, FAAP (AAP staff member, Aleksandra Stolic in the middle) posed in front of the White House after an advocacy event with ONE.