Senegal is pursuing financial sustainability for its immunization services primarily through budget advocacy. The Sabin Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program began its efforts in Senegal in December 2008.

Immunization Program Structure

Senegal’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is located in the Medical Prevention Department of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHP).

Senegal’s Progress to Date

Government Spending on Immunization

Vaccination Financing Mechanism

Legislation for Sustainability

Budget Advocacy

SIF Program Inputs

Government Spending on Immunization

Over the period 2006-2014, Senegal’s Gross National Income rose from US$800 to $1,050 per capita, a 31 percent increase. According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form (JRF), the Senegalese government spent $4 on routine immunization per surviving infant in 2006. Senegal spent the same amount in 2014. The government share of total routine immunization expenditures dropped from 58 percent to 8 percent over the period. Since 2010, Senegal has reported inconsistently on JRF financial indicators. The data suggest that Senegal has not progressed towards country ownership of its immunization program. Among SIF countries, Senegal ranked 19th in terms of routine immunization spending per surviving infant in 2016.

Senegal’s JRF Financial Feedback Report, 2006-2014.

Vaccination Financing Mechanism

An MoH steering committee began developing a private immunization trust fund in April 2011

Legislation for Sustainability

Chapter I, Article 7 of the Senegalese Constitution (2001) guarantees citizens the right to health, and.  Article 17 guarantees that the state will provide health services to families. 

In November 2012, a drafting committee began drafting a national immunization bill. The bill was later amended to incorporate suggestions from a Sabin-sponsored peer exchange workshop.

In October 2015, the immunization law project was inserted as an activity in the country’s comprehensive multi-year plan (cMYP).

In January 2016, The Ministries of Health and Finance began reviewing the draft bill.

In February 2016, MPs and MOH counterparts agree to insert the draft immunization law into a draft universal health care law.

Budget Advocacy

In January 2015, a Parliamentary Coalition for Immunization was established.

In July 2015, the EPI team and Parliamentary Coalition for Immunization convinced the Finance Minister to increase the 2016 immunization budget by 83 percent.  

In February 2016, a Senegalese MP attended and signed a Parliamentary Statement in Support of the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa.

SIF Program Inputs

  • September 2010, November 2012, December 2014, June 2016: Cameroonian counterparts join DRC, Congo, Malgache, Malian, and Senegalese peers in Sabin-sponsored peer review workshops
  • August, December 2009, September 2010, June, July 2013, November 2014, January, November 2015, February, April 2016: Sabin Senior Program Officer organizes parliamentary briefing
  • October 2015: Sabin Senior Program Officer co-organizes GVAP/cMYP workshop
  • June 2015: Malian and Cameroonian counterparts join Senegalese peers in Dakar for a Sabin-sponsored resource tracking peer exchange
  • May 2012, November 2013: Sabin Senior Program Officer, MOH partner agency counterparts co-organize immunization financing workshop
  • December 2008: Sabin Senior Program Officer, SIF Program Director introduce SIF program to Senegalese government

Last Updated July 12, 2016