Yesterday on Forbes, Matthew Herper wrote about an impressive infographic which illustrates the impact vaccines have had on reducing the burden of disease in the United States. Zero cases of polio and smallpox, down from 16,000 and 29,000 cases earlier in the twentieth century. The number of measles cases has been reduced to 61, down from more than half a million in less than a century's time.
Health workers don’t just play a significant part in achieving many global health goals; they are on the ground making these goals possible.
On December 10, 2012 Nepal’s Rotary International District 3292 formed a Nineteen Member Executive Committee to manage and increase the size of the country’s immunization fund . The fund was established by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu North to explore domestic resources for immunization.

Last Friday, Sabin sponsored a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal to discuss the establishment of a fund to ensure sustainable immunization financing in the country.

On January 23, Mongolia held its first ever National Parliamentary briefing on sustainable immunization financing (SIF). SIF Senior Program Officer Khongorzul Dari reports that the meeting was a big success.
Heather Ignatius, a senior policy and advocacy officer with PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy team in Washington, DC, recently wrote about her thoughts on global health and development priorities for the second-term Obama administration and the 113th Congress. Thanks to PATH for allowing us to share her piece. Photo credit: PATH/Mike Wang

Since its inception, the SIF Program objectives have been consistent: To help countries increase their immunization budgets and to pass legislation assuring sustainable government immunization financing in perpetuity.

Just weeks ago, Tanzania became the 8th country in Africa to make rotavirus vaccination part of its childhood immunization program.

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