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.

This post is part of our World Immunization Week blog series. Stay tuned for more blogs highlighting the benefits of immunization and the work Sabin is doing to support immunization programs worldwide. 

Passing through a leafy neighborhood of Brazzaville, we turn into the well kept confines of the national immunization program. Each office is named for its function: Surveillance, Statistics and Data Management and so on.

Sierra Leone’s members of parliament (MPs) are driving forward progress on immunization goals within their country. Yet many MPs who were instrumental in defending immunization budgets and pushing forward legislation were not re-elected this year.

Indonesia

 

Health system and EPI Program

Indonesia launched its national immunization program in 1977. The program progressed steadily. The country has been polio-free since 2006. Maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated from 87% of the country.  Measles is targeted for elimination by 2018, rubella by 2020. The Ministry of Health has set a target of 100% full immunization coverage by 2014, a target all but 1% of jurisdictions have achieved. WHO and UNICEF estimate that 81% of children were fully immunized in 2012.

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