Pictured above: Nepal's President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, with Sustainable Immunization Financing Senior Program Officer Devendra Gnawali, and delegates from Rotary International/Nepal: Mr. Rabindra Piya, Rtn. Ram Prasad Bhandari, Rtn. Rabindra Jang Thapa, Rtn. Gopal Pokhrel and Rtn.

Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka was one of the prime movers behind the drafting and passage of the Nigeria’s National Health Bill, passed in February 2014.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, more than doubled its immunization budget from 2010-2012 and that budget continues to grow.

By: Jonas Mbwangue, Senior Program Officer, Sabin Vaccine Institute Sustainable Immunization Program

Dr. Eka Paatashvili recently joined the Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) team as a Senior Program Officer (SPO). She will be based in Tbilisi, Georgia and will be responsible for program activities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Uzbekistan. A physician by training, Eka previously worked in the Georgia Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in the areas of program management and procurement, finance and budget reform, and regulatory affairs. From there she earned an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, where her research compared the Georgian and American health care systems, and she developed effective paradigms of collaborative governance.

Sustainable Immunization Financing Fact Sheet

Immunization is among the simplest, most cost-effective investments a nation can make to secure a healthy workforce, safeguard its population against devastating disease outbreaks and propel its economy into the next stage of development. However, national immunization budgets are currently insufficient to sustain the programs and incorporate new and costlier vaccines. The Sabin Vaccine Institute, through its Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program, works with country governments to secure long-term domestic financing for these programs.

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