Violaine Mitchell

Violaine Mitchell

Director, Immunization

Violaine Mitchell is the Director of the Immunization Program Strategy Team (PST). The Immunization PST was launched in July 2022 and partners with countries, global, regional, and country public private sector organizations, including civil society, to make sure that vaccines and immunization are effectively prioritized and delivered. Violaine is also the foundation’s representative to the Gavi Board. 

Prior this role she was the Director of the Health Funds and Partnerships Team within the Global Delivery Program overseeing the foundation’s engagement in Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and The Global Financing Facility as well as the foundation engagement in routine immunization strengthening in high-risk polio geographies. 

Before joining the foundation in 2010, she worked as the coordinator of the GAVI Financing Task Force under contract to the World Bank, where she was responsible for coordinating the vaccine alliance’s early work on national financial sustainability planning and global innovative financing. Earlier, she worked at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, where she was the study director for a study on the Children’s Vaccine Initiative and assistant study director for the IOM Study on Malaria Prevention and Control. 

Violaine grew up in Kenya and spent a number of years working on integrated community development projects, including three years working with traditional refuse collectors in Cairo, Egypt, on child health, animal health and production, and income generation projects funded by Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, and UNICEF, among others. 

She has a B.A. in development studies from Brown University and an M.Sc. in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Along with her partner, Vio runs a mixed farm in British Columbia, Canada. 

See articles by Violaine Mitchell

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During COVID-19, women’s health care must be an essential service: A conversation with three experts

Three experts on women's health care in low- and middle-income countries discuss maintaining services during the pandemic.
By Lester Coutinho, Jeffrey Smith, and Violaine Mitchell

Ending wild polio in Africa: A Q&A with Michael Galway and Violaine Mitchell

The foundation’s Michael Galway and Violaine Mitchell discuss the efforts behind Africa’s wild polio-free status and what it means for the future.
By Michael Galway and Violaine Mitchell

Looking back on vaccines in 2018

Some of the most significant breakthroughs in 2018 came in the field of vaccine development and delivery, where we again saw progress on immunization. Today, more people in the poorest parts of the world, especially children, are getting protected against infectious diseases, while new innovations are producing vaccines more cheaply and getting them to the communities who need them more effectively.
By Michael Lea Senior Writer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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