IAIM Network Member Spotlight: Adolphus T. Clarke
The success of immunization programs relies heavily on immunization program managers, who facilitate every aspect of immunization programs, from cost-effective procurement of vaccines to the vigilant monitoring of vaccine safety and efficacy. Sabin’s IAIM Network is the largest international network of immunization managers, offering opportunities to connect, share knowledge and strengthen skills required to effectively implement immunization programs. This peer network creates opportunities for immunization professionals to share best practices and address the most pressing topics challenging immunization programs.
In this spotlight series, we will feature IAIM Network members to highlight their accomplishments as immunization managers and learn from their programs. This interview is with Adolphus T. Clarke, EPI Programme Manager at the Ministry of Health in Liberia. This interview was edited for clarity and length.
How long have you been an immunization manager?
Previously, I was a deputy manager from 2012 to 2016. I have been the EPI programme manager from 2017 to present.
Why did you want to become an immunization manager?
I became an immunization manager to positively impact societal lives, especially the lives of children and women.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is service above self.
What do you wish people knew about immunization managers?
Immunization managers are the engines of disease prevention and control and are the forerunners of public health in action.
What is your biggest professional achievement to date?
My biggest professional achievement to date is the introduction of several new vaccines: IPV, Rota, HPV, MCV2, and GAVI HSS 3, and creating improvements in the coverage of the Penta 3 vaccine from 52% in 2015, 79% in 2016, and 86% in 2017. And I am proud of this achievement because this has rebranded the image of Liberia’s Expanded Programme on Immunization. To achieve this, we partnered with several stakeholders including CHTs, Gavi, USAID, WHO, UNICEF and LIP.
In your opinion, what are the most valuable skills for an immunization manger?
The most valuable skills for an immunization manager are leadership and management, along with technical skills in immunization.
How can the IAIM Network help you as an immunization manager?
The IAIM Network can provide courses in leadership and management for immunization managers, since immunization programmes involve huge complexities.
If you or an immunization professional you know has done work you would like to share with the broader IAIM Network community, please nominate them for a future spotlight by emailing us at [email protected].