Around the world -- and even right here in the United States -- there are diseases that cause tremendous human suffering and wreak havoc on the lives of millions. Together with our network of global partners, the Sabin Vaccine Institute works tirelessly to reduce the impact of vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases through our three main programs:
Global Network Vaccine Advocacy & Education Vaccine Development
Who We Help
There are more than 2 billion people who live on less than $1.25 per day, putting them at risk for contracting vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases. But the good news is that through Sabin’s own programs and our work with a diverse group of partners, we are able to deliver vaccines and treatments to people in developing nations who need it most.
We take a comprehensive approach which includes research and development, resource mobilization, advocacy, communication and stakeholder engagement to reach our target populations.
Our Core Programs
Sabin Vaccine Institute
Sabin and our network of members and partners make an impact around the world in fighting infectious and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Our main offices are located in Washington, D.C., where we house the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabin Vaccine Advocacy and Education, Sabin Vaccine Development and our administrative teams.
Sabin Product Development Partnership
In 2011, the Sabin Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) relocated to a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Houston, Texas, which is part of Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. The new facility, called The Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, is led by Sabin President, Dr. Peter Hotez.
The Sabin PDP is comprised of partners from across the globe, including:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Texas Children's Hospital
- George Washington University
- Fundaco Oswald Cruz
- Instituto Butantan
- James Cook University
- The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- The Institute of Parasitic Diseases Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY)
- The Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Insitute (CINVESTAV)
- Birmex (Laboratories of Reagents and Bilologics of Mexico)
Sabin collaborates with these institutions to develop new, low-cost vaccines that have essentially no commercial market for diseases that primarily impact the world's poorest populations, including human hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease.
Vaccine Advocacy and Education
Sabin also hosts international events, expert panels and immunization financing programs to bring together policymakers, researchers, industry representatives, public health officials, health care professionals, and others to share the latest research on diseases and vaccine development, discuss strategies for reducing global disease burdens, and develop and implement sustainable vaccination programs.
Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Finally, the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases works with public health partners and governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America to integrate the distribution of NTD drugs with other interventions, such as immunizations, delivery of micronutrients, bednet distribution, and maternal and child health programs whenever possible. We also work to increase funding at a macro-level and engage potential partners and donors to leverage work underway to bring NTD programs to scale, produce evidence of sustainable impact, and change the landscape of poverty forever.
Sabin Foundation Europe
Sabin Foundation Europe is a UK-registered charity founded in 2011 to support vaccine research and development, advocacy efforts and treatment programmes for vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases. As a partner of the U.S.-based Sabin Vaccine Institute, Sabin Foundation Europe leads the efforts in the UK and across Europe to promote proven, cost-effective solutions to the world’s most pervasive, and least understood, health issues.
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