The CHVI is a coordinated, horizontal initiative that involves several federal departments and agencies. Participating departments and agencies are collaborating to deliver on the goals of the CHVI in line with their respective mandates:
- The Canadian International Development Agency contributes knowledge and experience based on CIDA's international development mandate to ensure that the goals of the CHVI benefit developing countries, where HIV/AIDs is highly endemic; provides effective linkages to international development efforts; and ensures consistency with Canada's international commitments.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada contributes scientific, policy and program expertise in public health and builds on past HIV/AIDS and vaccine initiatives; serves as the lead agency responsible for coordinating and managing governance and management structures; facilitates collaboration with domestic and international stakeholders; serves as the focal point, and provides secretariat support for implementation of the CHVI.
- Industry Canada contributes industry-specific knowledge and experience to provide linkages to the Canadian and international vaccine industry, and assists with industry-related issues, including the appropriate engagement of potential private sector collaborators.
- The Canadian Institutes of Health Research provides linkages to the Canadian research community and brings critical expertise in the development of strategic funding opportunities, peer review mechanisms and related professional support services to identify and fund eligible HIV vaccine projects.
- Health Canada contributes expertise in vaccine-related policy, regulations and protocols; and facilitates networks of specialists to enhance international collaborations.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an independent, privately endowed charitable foundation. One of its missions is to reduce global health inequities by accelerating the development, deployment and sustainability of health interventions that will save lives and dramatically reduce the disease burden in developing countries.
Engagement of other levels of government, the private sector, international partners, people living with HIV/AIDS, researchers and non-governmental organizations is critical to CHVI's success.