When it comes to children’s health, vaccination has proven to be a wise investment. Vaccinating children not only prevents unnecessary suffering and death but also promotes the development of healthier, more productive families, communities and societies.
Expanding vaccination coverage and introducing new vaccines against hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, human papilloma virus (HPV), and pneumococcal disease are the goals of many national immunization systems worldwide. But as these health programs expand and newer vaccines are introduced, costs are rising faster than government budgets. Rising costs are putting a strain on national health programs in many developing countries, even those committed to building strong immunization systems.
Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) program helps countries provide this essential public good to their children. The program encourages key stakeholders: national governments (ministries of health and finance), parliamentarians, the domestic private sector, key civil society groups as well as external partners, to work together to identify sustainable financing mechanisms for immunization. Focusing on 12 African and 5 Asian and one Central Asian countries, the program also forges links across the countries, encouraging cooperation and healthy competition at the global level.