Dr Fina Tams is a a medical doctor from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia with a Master of Science in International Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätmedizin Berlin, Germany. She has worked for almost 10 years in public health, including stints in Indonesia with the WHO Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit and the KNCV TB Foundation and almost six years as an Immunization Officer with the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Unit. She provided technical support for the preparation of Indonesia’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. She coordinated a joint national-international EPI and vaccine preventable disease surveillance review in 15 provinces and a post-validation assessment for maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination. She was part of a team that performed a Papua poliovirus outbreak response assessment and post-introduction evaluations (PIEs) of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, pneumococcus vaccine and human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV).
She successfully coordinated the Strengthening Technical Assistance for Routine Immunization Training (START) project in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Indonesia and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also supported a HPV PIE in Bangladesh and a measles-rubella campaign in Tamil Nadu, India. Dr. Fina has supported the WHO Representative Office for Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and Singapore by working with governments on COVID-19 vaccine deployment. She also supported the joint United Nations efforts to vaccinate non-citizens in Malaysia.
Currently, she is supporting the life course and integration of the immunization program with other health programs at the IVB Department, WHO Headquarters.