Countries Showcase Innovations for Sustainable Funding of Immunization at Kathmandu Conference

KATHMANDU, NEPAL — July 19, 2016 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program today assembled senior officials from 21 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs. Greater political commitment and advocacy are building the momentum needed for countries to fully finance their immunization programs by 2020 and achieve the goals set forth in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

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