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Jos Vandelaer - Chief of Immunization, Programme Division

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In November 2009, Dr. Jos Vandelaer was appointed Head of UNICEF’s global Immunization programme where he leads strategy development and programme management and coordination. He oversees a team of about 15 professionals.

Dr. Vandelaer started his career with Medecins Sans Frontieres in 1986, working in emergencies in Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Surinam and Thailand. Between 1989 and 1996, he worked on migration/refugee health for the International Organization for Migration in Vietnam and Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina and for the UN refugee agency in Myanmar. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Vandelaer served with the World Health Organization as a Medical Officer in Philippines, India, and Myanmar where he worked on immunization, including polio eradication, measles and tetanus vaccination campaigns, and strengthening routine immunization.

Dr. Vandelaer joined UNICEF in 2001 as Senior Health Specialist, seconded to WHO/Geneva with a focus on Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination. In that capacity he was also a key member of the team that developed the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy, and provided scientific and strategic advice on immunization-related issues.

Dr. Vandelaer holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium), a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Antwerp Tropical Medicine Institute (Belgium), and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University (USA). He speaks English, French and Dutch and is a national of Belgium.



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