(02.03.2012)

 

Dear Colleagues,

AAP has recently been awarded a grant the BillMelinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to support advocacy for effective pediatric global immunization. In partnership with the International Pediatric Association (IPA), we hope to work collaboratively with key high capacity national pediatric societies to educatemobilize their national politicalintellectual leadership in vigorous support of global immunizations, including polio eradication, GAVI,measles eradication priorities.

As part of this project, we will be making sub-awards to a small number of national pediatric societies. Attached is a Request for Proposals (RFP) which has more information about the priorities of this grant,on how to submit a proposal.  Proposals in response to this RFP are due onbefore April 10, 2012.

Please feel free to forwardshare this RFP with other societiesindividuals who may be interested in this issue. Please accept my apologies if you receive more than one copy of this RFP,please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

Jon

Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH
Associate Executive Director and
Director, Julius B. Richmond Center
American Academy of Pediatrics
847-434-4322 
jklein@aap.org

American Academy of Pediatricsthe
International Pediatric Association

Request for Proposals - Global Vaccine Advocacy Projects

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently been awarded a grant the BillMelinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to support advocacy for effective pediatric global immunization. In partnership with the International Pediatric Association (IPA), we hope to work collaboratively with key high capacity national pediatric societies to educatemobilize their national politicalintellectual leadership in vigorous support of global immunizations, including polio eradication, GAVI,measles eradication priorities. This work has great potential to assist the international community’s achievement of child survival goals set forth by WHO/UNICEF in the Global Immunization VisionStrategy (2006-2015),in the BMGF Decade of Vaccines Collaboration (http://www.dovcollaboration.org/).

As part of this AAP/IPA project, we will award up to 3 national pediatric societies small grants of up to $15,000 (US) to support projects that educateadvocate for increased investments in support of global immunization advocacy – including polio eradicationother global vaccine preventable disease priorities -- by their national government. The AAPIPA will provide technical assistance to help national pediatric society leaders developstrengthen their advocacy education efforts. The technical assistance will include consultation by vaccine advocacy expertsassistance with conducting needs assessmentsdeveloping tools to support these efforts. Country leaders will also be invited to participate in collective learningmeetings with colleagues other nations, both those who donate to global vaccine efforts,those highly affected by vaccine preventable diseases, as they work towards their individual countryoverall project goals.

Program Goals: to increase commitment to global vaccine priorities, including support for polio eradication, the GAVI Alliance Fund,measles eradication by the USother donor countries.

• Mobilize sustainable clinician engagement in advocacy for policies that will accelerate polio eradicationachieve better vaccination of children.
• Supportbuild capacity among pediatric leaders in ed donor countries for implementation of advocacyeducation strategies.
• Support sustainability of advocacy efforts by enhancing linkages between pediatric leaders in donor countriesin countries that are still highly affected by polioother vaccine preventable diseases.

Eligibility: Applicants must be national pediatric societiescoalitions of national pediatric organizations in countries whose governments support and/or have the capacity to support global vaccine delivery through public sector investment in the GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for VaccinesImmunizations) (www.gavialliance.org/), in Polio eradication (www.polioeradication.org/)in Measles initiative (www.measlesinitiative.org/) funds.

Selection criteria will include the capacityexperience of the national pediatric society, the commitment of the society leadership to global immunization activities, the specificityfeasibility of the proposed activities,the likelihood of sustainable and/or successful advocacy. Periodic progress reports will be required of successful grantees.

The application will have two steps: a brief (up to 5 page) application (see following pages). The initial application is due to AAP by April 1st, 2012. Initial applications will be reviewed by AAPIPA project leadershipmembers of the project advisory committee. Applicants may be asked to respond to questions seeking additional information,may be asked to participate in onemore conference callsmeetings to discuss their proposed activities. Funds will become available onbefore June 1, 2012.

Applicant societies should demonstrate their:

• Ability to identify onemore leaders as vaccine advocacy champions
• Commitment to global vaccine issues
• Commitment to advocacy
• Capacity to support public stakeholder advocacy/education
• Relationships to other key stakeholder groups within their country and/or region
• Relationship to the IPA and/or to regional pediatric societies

AAP will provide:

• Expert faculty in child health vaccine advocacy as visiting scholars and/or speakers able to provide technical assistancementorship to help accelerate the participating societies’ advocacy efforts. The expert will share information about the potential for polio eradicationopportunity for pediatric action,will facilitate discussion of ways to operationalize advocacy opportunities within the ed country. The AAP will support two expert visits to the national society during the duration of the project.
• Support for two participants each ed countries to participate in one international and/or one regional project meeting each year.
• Collaboration to help funded countries identify specific needscreate advocacy trainingdelivery resourcestools to support implementation of vaccine advocacy activities.

Completed applications must be submitted by email to:
Terrell Carter, MHS, Manager, Global Immunization Programs
tcarter@aap.org direct: +1-847.434.4319

For more informationfor any questions please contact Ms. Cartercontact:

Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH
Associate Executive Director
American Academy of Pediatrics
Email: jklein@aap.org
Phone: 1-847-434-4322
William Keenan, MD
Executive Director
International Pediatric Association
Email: keenanwj@slu.edu
Phone: 1- 847-434-7507


Application: Global Vaccine Advocacy Project
American Academy of Pediatrics

1) Cover sheet – contact information (1 page)
Name of Pediatric Society:
Society Contact Information:
Name, E-mailPhone Number of PresidentChief Elected Office-holder: Name, E-mailPhone Number of Executive DirectorChief staff contact: Project Director(s) role in the Pediatric Societycontact information: Who is the primary contact for any questions about this application: 2) Society description (Recommended length – 1 page – attachmentswebsite links are permitted) Please BRIEFLY address each of the following items: Pediatric society background Country public involvement in global immunization priorities Pediatric Organization goals/strategic priorities Membership Leadership structure Chapter, statedistrict structure Current Immunization committees/sectionsactivities Current Global health activities Current Advocacy activities Participation with International Pediatric Associationregional societies 3) Program description (Recommended length - 2 pages)
Briefly describe what your society would do with the funds. You should address:

a) Your society’s immunization committee andinternational health committee,the champion(s) who would help lead this project (You may include biosketchsCVs)

b) Previous efforts (if any) your pediatric society has undertaken around global immunizationother global health advocacy issues

c) Plans for needs assessment

d) Are there other groups that are stakeholders in children’s healthglobal vaccines in your country; discuss whether you will involve them in this work,whywhy not

e) Your preliminary thoughts about how to best use available expert consultation/or technical assistance visits by project advisors with your society’s leadership

f) Capacity of your society to support this project

g) Capacity to include this topic on the agendas for your society’s national leadership and/or membership meetings

h) Your preliminary thoughts about how your group would developimplement your advocacy plans, toolstraining(s)

i) Critical assessment of your pediatric society – How good is your

a. access to key governmental stakeholders/decision makers
b. effectiveness at achieving child health policy successes
j) How will you evaluate your work on this project

k) Are you willing to participate in multi-country meetings to share experiences with other project grantees

4) Budgetbudget justification (1 page)

Expenses may include salaries for staff, consultants, supplies, travelmeeting expenses,educational events. The grants cannot fund construction, equipment, indirect costs, alcoholic beverages,political lobbying.