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Adult Vaccination Advocacy Toolkit: Empowering civil society to address policies that constitute barriers for improving adult vaccination rates
To launch the Adult Vaccination Advocacy Toolkit the IFA is pleased to invite you to the webinar, “Empowering civil society to address policies that constitute barriers for improving adult vaccination rates.” The goal of this webinar is to empower civil society to take action to advocate for changes in these policies to create a world of healthy older people whose rights to safe and appropriate vaccines are protected and respected through programs that hold high the principles of prevention, access, and equity.

This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Global.


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Dr Jean-Pierre Michel
Professor of Medicine @Geneva University Medical School
Dr. Michel is emeritus professor of medicine and former head of the academic geriatric department at Geneva Hospitals and Medical University and honorary professor of Medicine at Limoges University (France), Beijing University Hospital, McGill University (Canada) and more recently, in Rabat University (Morocco). Dr. Michel is currently the Director of the Federation of Geriatric Education of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics-World (IAGG-W) and former WHO expert of the “Aging and Life course”. He received the City of Vienna (Austria) [1998], the “China Foreign Friendship Award” [2002] and the IAGG “World award” for his global achievement in geriatric medicine education [2013].
Mr Mariano Votta
Director @Active Citizenship Network (ACN)
Mariano Votta, EU Senior Public Affairs professional and journalist, is the Director of Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the international branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, where he is responsible for European Affairs. Passionate about healthcare and consumer issues, he has 20 years of experience in the field of advocacy, stakeholder engagement, European projects, communication, and civic information. Currently, Mariano is in charge of Public Affairs and Project Management at the EU level, but he began his career working in journalism as Communication Officer at Cittadinanzattiva. As Communication Officer, he was appointed for the first time to work at the international level by the United Nation Development Programme, which led him to work as a consultant in Public Services and Communication in Colombia from 2010 to 2012. Mariano Votta holds a graduate degree in Political Science and two post-graduate degrees in European Public Relations and CSR.
Mr Gonçalo Sousa Pinto
Lead for Practice Development and Transformation @International Pharmaceutical Federation
Gonçalo Sousa Pinto leads the area of Development and Transformation of the Profession at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the global organisation representing over 4 million pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmaceutical educators. Through this role, he supports the work of FIP member organisations and individual pharmacists around the world in advancing pharmacy practice and implementing pharmaceutical professional services in the areas of responsible use of medicines, in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases as well as infectious diseases, including vaccination services. He graduated as a pharmacist from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2000. He has authored or edited the following FIP publications to support and advocate a broader role by pharmacists in vaccination.
Dr Julia Tainijoki-Seyer
Advocacy and Medical Advisor @World Medical Association)
Dr Tainijoki is the Senior Medical and Advocacy Advisor of the World Medical Association, the global federation of National Medical Associations representing the millions of physicians worldwide. WMA acts on behalf of patients and physicians to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people. Dr Tainijoki manages a variety of strategic projects at WMA ranging from infectious and non-communicable diseases to strengthening health systems, patient safety, access to quality-assured medicines and the social determinants of health. She serves as the WMA representative to the UN organizations, including WHO and other international institutions in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 10 years she also headed the secretariat of the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) representing more than 26 million healthcare professionals globally.