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.
Vaccine Advocacy and Education
Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. Pneumococcus can cause many different illnesses, ranging from sepsis to more serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, which is transmitted through the saliva or mucus of infected individuals, but infants, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
The Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), launched by Sabin in 2006, focused on pneumococcal disease awareness as well as prevention and advocacy efforts. In the five years that PACE was active, PACE reached people in more than 25 countries and helped motivate countries to introduce life-saving pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.
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
September 11, 2012
2011 Annual Report
September 11, 2012
On behalf of the trustees, management and staff of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, we are pleased to share our most significant accomplishments from the past year in our 2011 annual report.
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.
Preventing typhoid can change communities. The primary goal of the Coalition against Typhoid is to define the barriers for the adoption of typhoid vaccines in the communities where they are needed most and the key activities that are needed to overcome them.