Tremendous gains have been made in immunizations over the last 40 years. Smallpox has been eradicated, poliomyelitis eradication is in sight and progress is being made in measles control. Global immunization coverage for basic vaccines is at its highest, and new vaccines are being added to immunization systems. However, challenges remain and will increase in complexity as new vaccines are added to immunization programs.
IAIM has a governing body known as the Governing Council, which is composed of individuals from all parts of the world who are either current immunization managers or who have relevant leadership experience in immunizations. The following individuals are the members of the association’s first Governing Council (known as the ad hoc Governing Council):
Devendra Prasad Gnawali, a Nepali citizen, received Ph.D. and masters degrees in health economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. After teaching science and mathematics in rural Nepal, Gnawali became a statistics officer in the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population.