As 2010 comes to a close, Nepal is eyeing the establishment of a national trust fund as a way to ensure sustainable financing for its national immunization program. The groundwork for this important step was laid over the year by a host of stakeholders.

One of the achievements of the discussions with medicines taskforce of the Ministry of Health and Civil Society Organizations, which are strongly involved in advocacy for Medicines, is a current effort by SIF to perform a legal audit and analysis of the current legal framework on immunizati

Statement from Sabin Vaccine Institute on the Passing of Honorable Richard C. Holbrooke

The Sabin Vaccine Institute expresses its deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues of the Honorable Richard C. Holbrooke, who died yesterday.

Ambassador Holbrooke, a diplomat, AIDS activist, and public servant, was the recipient of Sabin’s 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership and dedication to securing adequate healthcare for the world’s most vulnerable populations. He clearly recognized the strong relationship between science, medicine and diplomacy for the benefit of humanity.

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The Sustainable Immunization Financing Program of the Sabin Vaccine Institute had another opportunity to share experiences during the WHO/ AFRO Annual Regional Conference on Immunization in Ouagadougou 6th – 8th December, 2010.

Here in the second day of the WHO/AFRO Annual Regional Conference on Immunization in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, participants heard how the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon are working together to develop sustainable immunization financing plans.

Here at the WHO African Regional Conference on Immunization in Ouagadougou we heard today about new polio outbreaks in DR Congo, Uganda and Kenya.

Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros to Help Shape Global Vaccine Action Plan

Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros will serve on the steering committee of a recently launched “Decade of Vaccines Collaboration.”

In this role, Dr. de Quadros will provide oversight for the development of an action plan that will increase the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving vaccines to the most vulnerable populations over the next decade.

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On December 6-9, 2010, the WHO will host ARCI/ARICC meetings in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program at Sabin will host and oversee a Parallel 3 Session dedicated to Immunization Financing.

Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez Calls for a Renewed Look at Cholera Vaccine Stockpiles

Recent events in Haiti illustrate the urgent need for countries to stockpile and distribute cholera vaccines says Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez in a new commentary published by the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “A National Cholera Vaccine Stockpile – A New Humanitarian and Diplomatic Resource.”

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