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.
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.
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.
A mother in Tanzania cradles her week-old son as the nation’s First Lady Salma Kikwete drips a rotavirus vaccine into the tiny “O” of his mouth, helping to protect the infant against severe, and often deadly, rotavirus diarrhea.