Diana Kizza-Mugenzi, a health economist, is the SIF Senior Program Officer (SPO) for the Eastern African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. She resides in Kampala, Uganda.
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.
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.