Policy Advocacy

Policy Advocacy

GAVI – CSO Platform

CMAI is one of the 12 Civil Society Organisation CSOs which form the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) CSO platform. This is called the Alliance for Immunisation in India (Aii). Catholic Health Association of India is the facilitating NGO for this Alliance.

Objectives of the Alliance are:

  • Establish a functional Civil Society Organizations (CSO) platform for engaging in Health System Strengthening (HSS) for improving immunization coverage
  • Build capacities of the CSOs to engage in discussions around HSS activities for immunization
  • Promote CSOs engagement with Government and Development partners
  • Empower the CSO alliance to link communities with immunization and health systems

Towards establishing the platform in India, the first step was the formation of a National Steering Committee with participation from: WHO, UNICEF, PHFI/ITSU, MCHIP, Save the Children, PCI, World Vision, CORE Polio, CMAI, ADRA, PATH, MAMTA, CRS & CHAI. This platform was launched as the Alliance for Immunisation in India (Aii) in December, 2013.

Through the Aii the following are the expectations from the CSOs:

  • Support in micro planning; ‘Reaching The Un-Reached’
  • Providing proper venue for the sessions
  • Help in mobilization of the beneficiaries
  • Provide support for counselling the resistant families
  • Provide update on the migratory families
  • Involve the local PRI for the immunization/health services
  • Use IEC/IPC/BCC material in their local areas creating community awareness
  • Discuss immunization during their local community meetings

Accomplishments of the Aii:

  • Name & logo finalized – Alliance for Immunization in India (AII)
  • Alliance Governance Charter developed
  • RI position paper, Strategy paper developed
  • States finalized (based on the largest cohort of under-immunized children)
  • Uttar Pradesh & Jharkhand in the first phase
  • Bihar & Rajasthan in the second phase
  • CSO mapping initiated in the identified states
The Centre of Bioethics (TCB)

CMAI along with 16 other institutions including EHA, TLM, St. Stephen’s Hospital, CMC Ludhiana, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Manali, Christian Healthcare Fellowship, CIHSR, Dimapur etc, is one of the founding members of The Centre for Bioethics. This is a National level registered society

The objectives of the TCB are:

  • To be a Christian voice on ethical issues based on Biblical values
  • To analyze, interpret and engage with the existing and emerging bio-ethical issues pertaining to health care
  • and research and
  • Promote ethical medical practice in India