How We Deliver Our Mission
Through strategically selected partnerships with established global health organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, Vaccine Ambassadors funds the purchase and delivery of high-quality vaccines and related supplies and services for children and families in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In order to maximize impact, vaccine selection is based on priority needs identified by in-country public health experts. In addition to addressing routine immunization, Vaccine Ambassadors provides emergency vaccines during natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
The Impact of Your Contribution
To date, Vaccine Ambassadors has provided over 800,000 vaccines covering 12 different diseases.
Response to National Immunization Programs
Routine immunizations strengthen national immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring a stable supply of vaccines is paramount to improving health in marginalized communities.
Response to Sub-Optimal Vaccine Coverage
Response to Natural Disaster
In the fall of 2017, Vaccine Ambassadors responded to the critical immunization needs of Dominica following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Widespread power outages resulted in the loss of the island’s entire vaccine supply. Working with partners at the Pan American Health Organization, Vaccine Ambassadors provided a 4-month emergency supply of vaccines covering 12 different diseases for children and adults residing on the island. In addition to vaccines, a centralized solar-powered refrigerator was purchased to maintain future vaccines, along with vaccine carriers to reach remote areas of the island.
Response to Humanitarian Crisis
Mass migration has put a strain on existing healthcare systems in the Andean subregion, leading to significant challenges in meeting basic immunization needs. Over 4 million people in Venezuela alone have migrated to neighboring countries in search of a more equitable future. In an effort to meet the growing immunization needs, Vaccine Ambassadors supported the purchase of quadrivalent influenza vaccines to Colombia to assist with the greater influx of people in need of immunization services.
At the end of 2019, we supported 300,000 vaccines for infants in Venezuela. We anticipate critical needs in 2020 as well.
Response to COVID-19
Vaccine Ambassadors has allocated additional funding for the purchase and delivery of vaccines to ensure that immunization services continue during the pandemic. We will respond to the fluid situation on the ground and maintain our flexibility to address new needs. In August 2020, 50,000 measles rubella vaccines arrived in Venezuela to be distributed to children in states close to the border (Táchira, Apure, Bolívar) and in the Capital District, given that these are entry points for migrants. Additionally, a portion of the shipment will be kept in storage of the national immunization program to be mobilized as required.
In March 2021, 50,000 pentavalent (5 vaccines in 1 injection) vaccines arrived for infants and children in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to start, continue, or complete the series to provide protection from five life-threatening diseases. This diphtheria antigen contain vaccines, will help aid in the effort to combat the diphtheria outbreak that began in 2016.
How Our Funds Are Used
Vaccine Ambassadors prides itself on its efficiency to deliver on its mission to provide vaccines to families and children in need of immunization services, and to advocate for their uptake where they are plentiful. Through strategically selected partnerships we can make the best use of our donor dollars, while amplifying the messages that vaccines save lives.
Because of the generosity of private donors and robust Board support, 100% of our public contributions go to the purchase and delivery of vaccines and related supplies and services.