We believe in the power of convening partners to facilitate a consensus-based approach to addressing some of the most prevalent health problems. By hosting a wide range of international conferences and trainings and serving as a secretariat for various global health initiatives, we’re activating a network of implementers, practitioners and government officials to develop best practices, policy recommendations and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health issues.
Our Work in Action
As part of the Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI), we collaborate with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins University (IVAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to achieve a consensus-based approach to fighting dengue. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent dengue, the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease, we’re laying the groundwork for the introduction of a forthcoming vaccine so that, once licensed, this vaccine will quickly reach the people who need it most. DVI is also working to support improved diagnosis, surveillance and development of vaccines to control dengue.
We’re bringing global health leaders, researchers and implementers together by serving as secretariats for the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) and the International Association for Immunization Managers (IAIM). CaT, a global forum of scientists and immunization experts, is working to save lives by advancing typhoid vaccination in high-burden and at-risk populations. By building consensus among the global health community and acting collectively, CaT is defining the barriers for the adoption of typhoid vaccines and the key activities to overcome them. Concurrently, IAIM, the first-ever international professional association for immunization managers, has established a forum from which immunization managers can discuss and exchange best practices; build and support international and regional networks; and improve their technical and leadership capacity.
In 2013 alone, we convened 50 meetings, journalist trainings and conferences to advocate for greater funding and management for vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, Sabin’s 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium convened experts from around the world – leaders from industry, government, NGOs and academia – to examine key lessons from recent efforts to address pressing global health challenges and share insights on emerging immunization trends.