Rotavirus Advocacy Activities

Each year, rotavirus kills nearly half a million children and hospitalizes millions more. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide. Development of a rotavirus vaccine has been a global health priority for many years, and with two vaccines currently on the market and several more under development, the promise of prevention is now becoming reality in several parts of the world.

ProVac International Working Group

As health sector budgets grow slowly and the menu of health interventions expands, resources are being allocated more prudently and competing options must be considered carefully. Making evidence-based decisions about vaccine introduction now requires competencies beyond those traditionally found in many National Immunization Programs (NIPs). Decision makers increasingly require economic analysis to support decision-making for new vaccines, in addition to epidemiologic, logistical, and financial data.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among women in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, of the 80,000 new cases and 36,000 cervical cancer deaths reported in the Americas in 2008 alone, Latin American and Caribbean countries accounted for the vast majority.

09/17/2012

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Vietnam

Vietnam is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through expenditure tracking and legislation. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began efforts in Vietnam in October 2012.

Immunization Program Structure

Vietnam’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is located in National Institute for Hygiene & Epidemiology (NIHE), Ministry of Health.

Vietnam’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Uganda

Uganda is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through legislation and expenditure tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Uganda in September 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

The Ugandan National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) is located in the Directorate of Clinical and Community Services, Department of National Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health (MOH).

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services through expenditure tracking. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Sri Lanka in December 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Sri Lanka’s immunization services are managed by the Epidemiology Unit, located in the Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health (MOH).

Sri Lanka’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Vaccination Financing Mechanism

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