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.

Pneumococcal Disease

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.

09/17/2012

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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

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.

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