DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through legislation, budget advocacy and expenditure tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in DRC in June 2009.

Immunization Program Structure

DRC’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is in located in the Disease Control Directorate, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH).

DRC’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Congo (Brazzaville)

The Republic of Congo is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through budget advocacy. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Congo in February 2012.

Immunization Program Structure

Congo’s immunization program (EPI) is located in the Family Health Department, Ministry of Health.

Congo’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Vaccination Financing Mechanism

Cameroon

Cameroon is pursuing financial sustainability for its routine immunization services through new financing arrangements, budget advocacy and resource tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Cameroon in October 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Cameroon’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is a division within the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Cameroon’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Case for Sustainability

Fiscal sustainability is the key to safeguarding public health and building healthy, thriving populations.

In accordance with the GAVI model, we believe self-sufficiency must be the ultimate goal of national immunization programs. In the short term, many countries will need to mobilize and efficiently use both domestic and supplementary external resources to achieve their stated immunization financing goals. This approach allows countries to develop secured, long-term funding arrangements as they build stable, high-performing immunization systems.

Legislation

Even if political will exists, legislative guarantees of publicly provided vaccination are sometimes lacking or insufficient, and few countries have up-to-date legislation. Ideally, a vaccination law should contain a range of provisions, including means of EPI financing, vaccine procurement mechanisms, vaccination regulations.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s southwestern city of Matadi, a review of the country’s Comprehensive Multi-Year Plan (cMYP) for immunization for 2011-2015 took place from August 20-25.

Dengue Vaccine Initiative

Sabin is part of the Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI), a consortium of organizations working to lay the groundwork for dengue vaccine introduction in endemic areas so that, once licensed, vaccines to prevent dengue will be swiftly adopted. A collaboration between Sabin, the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins University (IVAC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), DVI works to support improved diagnosis, surveillance and development of vaccines to control dengue. 

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