Vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases plague more than two billion people around the world. They primarily afflict the world’s poorest people – those living on less than $1.25 per day – whose health and economic well-being can be severely impacted by these diseases.
Sabin Foundation Europe is a UK-registered charity founded in 2011 to support vaccine research and development, advocacy efforts and treatment programmes for vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases. As a partner of the U.S.-based Sabin Vaccine Institute, Sabin Foundation Europe leads the efforts in the UK and across Europe to promote proven, cost-effective solutions to the world’s most pervasive, and least understood, health issues.
Treatment of Neglected Tropical Diseases
NTDs are a group of bacterial and parasitic diseases that infect one in six people worldwide, including more than half a billion children. Yet for approximately 50 pence, we can treat and protect one person for an entire year. In the absence of treatment, these diseases can cause anaemia, malnutrition, blindness and other severe physical and cognitive disabilities. Sabin Foundation Europe supports programmes globally to raise the awareness, political will and funding necessary to control and eliminate the seven most common NTDs: trachoma, soil-transmitted helminths (hookworm, ascariasis, trichuriasis), onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis.
Vaccine Research and Development
Sabin Foundation Europe promotes the research and development of a new generation of effective, low-cost vaccines for diseases that traditionally are not financed by commercial product development pipelines. We support ongoing research and development for the only human hookworm vaccine, as well as vaccines for schistosomiasis, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Vaccine Advocacy and Education
Immunization is one of the best investments a country can make for the health and vitality of its population as well as the growth of its economy. Vaccines not only prevent death, they also increase educational achievement and worker productivity by reducing illness and chronic disability. Sabin Foundation Europe supports vaccine advocacy and education programmes to raise awareness about deadly childhood diseases in the developing world–including rotavirus, pneumococcal diseases, meningococcal disease, measles, rubella, dengue fever and typhoid fever–and to increase access to both new and traditional under-utilised vaccines.
Our Work in Action:
UK Member of Parliament (MP) Jeremy Lefroy urged international action to combat neglected tropical diseases during a Parliamentary debate. Mr. Lefroy is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and NTDs (APPMG) and a former member of the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees.