This week, Nina is joined by International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) Advocacy and Communications Specialist Swati Sudarsan as they interview Kate O’Brien, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center. Did you know vaccines can address social justice? In this episode, Kate explains that the children around the world who have the least access to vaccines suffer the most from vaccine preventable diseases – but she aims to change that. First on her list is an evaluation of the full benefits of vaccines, in an analysis she calls the “full public health value of vaccines.” She explains that vaccines not only prevent disease in an immunized child, but it can protect the people around them, can help families avert the costs of hospitalization from disease, and can even reduce an emerging crisis – antibiotic resistance.
Kate is a sitting member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), which advises the World Health Organization on global vaccine policy, and serves on the Gavi Board representing the Technical and Research constituency. She is a senior advisor at the Center for American Indian Health, and of course, a beloved professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Related Episode Links:
- Kate’s profile at JHSPH
- International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) website
- SAGE at WHO (expert panel on immunization)
- Kate’s World Health Organization (WHO) Profile
- Kate is quoted in this November 2017 National Geographic feature, “Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial”
- Work group on ‘Estimating full public health value of vaccines” (2016)
- Journal article in Vaccine (Oct 2017): ‘Estimating full public health value of vaccines”
- Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance
A special thank you to Swati Sudarsan and Rose Weeks from IVAC for production help.