Budgeting for Routine Immunization

Immunization costs are increasing, and the world’s 71 poorest countries depend highly on external partners to finance their national immunization (EPI) programs. External funding has increased in recent years but have governments kept pace? The graph below shows government budgets on routine immunization. Reported values were collected from national counterparts but have not been officially released.
So far this year the number of dengue cases in Singapore has already surpassed the number of cases reported in 2012, and it looks like it will just keep rising. As of last week, Singapore was reporting over 6,000 cases, while 2012 saw around 4,600.

Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program works with eighteen African and Asian countries to find ways to increase their national immunization program investments.

New York Times reports on price cuts for HPV vaccine

Thanks to Pap tests, fatal cervical cancers are almost unknown today in rich countries. But the disease kills an estimated 275,000 women a year in poor countries where Pap tests are impractical and the vaccine is far too expensive for the average woman to afford, so the price cut could lead to a significant advance in women’s health.
The lack of a robust, sensitive, and easy-to-use diagnostic test is one of the most serious barriers to the control and prevention of typhoid fever.

How purchasing power can help prevent child deaths: lessons for Asia from the Americas

In an article published today on Reuters, Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros and Tony Nelson of the ROTA Council describe how actions taken by Latin American countries to protect children from rotavirus, the leading cause of diarhea hospitalizations and deaths, could be used in other regions of the world severely impacted by this killer disease of children.

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